It was my mother-in-law's birthday last week and we had a great time. All of the girls got together and took her out to dinner and then we wandered around down town and picked up some delicious gelato. Since then it has been my obsession. I went to the grocery store to pick up some fresh fruit and saw the sweet ripened mangos and then and there it was decided that mango would be my first attempt.
It turned out delicious, like a creamy sorbet and it is so simple. It also was fairly cheap, costing me only about $4 for an entire batch which is what I paid for my little cup of gelato downtown. I am sure that this won't be the last of my gelato recipes so don't be surprised if you see a few more soon.
(adapted from a cooking light recipe)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
2 ripe mangos peeled and cut into pieces
2 cups mango nectar (look in the Mexican food aisle)
1 1/2 cups half and half
1. Make a simple syrup: In a medium saucepan combine the water and the sugar and heat over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
2. Combine the sugar syrup and the mango pieces in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour through a sieve to remove and pieces of pulp that remain. Add the nectar and the half and half and chill for a few hours. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and freeze according to your manufacturers instructions.