Gelato di Cioccolata, Sorbetto di Fragole, Cassata

Gelato di Cioccolata (Chocolate Ice Cream)
Preparation time: 20-40 minutes
Freezing time: 3-4 hours
To serve: 4-5

You will need:
3 egg yolks
2 oz. castor sugar
1/2 pint milk
4 oz. plain dessert chocolate
3 tablespoons water
6 tablespoons thick cream

Set refrigerator to coldest setting. Beat the egg yolks and sugar together thoroughly, and stirring continuously with a wooden spoon, gradually pour on the almost boiling milk. Strain into the rinsed saucepan and cook over low heat stirring all the time until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon. Leave until cold. Meanwhile in a small basin stood over hot water, dissolve the broken-up chocolate in the water. Whip the cream until slightly thickened. First fold the chocolate then the cream into the cold custard; pour into an ice tray and freeze until firm but not stiff.
Return refrigerator to normal setting.

Sorbetto di Fragole (Strawberry Sorbet)
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Freezing time: 2 hours
To serve: 4

You will need:
5 oz. granulated sugar
6 tablespoons water
1 lb. ripe strawberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon orange juice

Set refrigerator to coldest setting. Heat sugar and water together gently until sugar dissolves; boil for 1 minute. Set aside to cool. Sieve strawberries (or purée in electric blender) and stir in lemon and orange juice and cold syrup; mix well. Pour into ice tray and freeze, removing to stir once or twice. When solidly frozen turn refrigerator back to normal and leave ice to ‘ripen’. One hour before serving remove ice tray to middle of refrigerator.

Cassata (Ice Cream Cake)
Set refrigerator to coldest setting and chill a 1 1/2-pint (U.S. 3 3/4 cup) size mould. Line this wich chocolate ice, return to ice compartment and freeze until firm. Next line with half recipe strawberry sorbet and again freeze until firm. Fill centre of mould with mixture of sweetened thick whisked cream and assorted glacé fruits and nuts. Cover and freeze until firm.

© Shfunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1968 English text © The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd., 1968

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