Peanut butter makes everyone happy (nut allergies notwithstanding) Add chocolate to the mix and it’s a friggin’ party. Peanut butter gelato with choco chunks is inspired by the idea of a frozen Reese’s Cup (who doesn’t love those?) It’s not hard to make, but there are a few simple tricks to take note of.
You already know what I’m going to say – use natural peanut butter. The kind that you have to mix up before you use it. A peanut butter that is really smooth with no sugar added is what you are looking for. Sugar depresses the freezing point of gelato, so any additional sugar is going throw the recipe off balance. Be sure to mix the peanut butter BEFORE measuring it – you want a good mix of nut solids and nut oils.
To get a truly smooth peanut butter gelato, the peanut butter needs to be made into a nut cream before being added to the dairy. Before I learned this from a professional Italian gelateri, I would simply dump the peanut butter straight into the gelato mix. It was good but not great.
Nuts contain a high amount of fat which need to be emulsified for the best texture. It sounds a lot more difficult than it is. Throw the peanut butter in mixer. Make a sugar syrup then pour the boiling syrup over the peanut butter. Whisk at a high speed until creamy and cool. This little bit of extra effort produces a heavenly smooth, near professional (in my opinion) gelato.
Chocolate chunks take no time to make and can be as simple or as fancy as you want. My two favorite versions to pair with this gelato are dark chocolate chunks (using a 70% chocolate) and baco-choco chunks (chocolate shards embedded with small bits of crispy bacon) I find that about a cup of chunks gives the perfect gelato to mix-in ratio but that’s a personal choice everyone must make for themselves.Print
PEANUT BUTTER GELATO WITH CHOCOLATE CHUNKS
This recipe makes rich, creamy peanut butter gelato that is just like eating a frozen peanut butter cup. By emulsifying the nut butter, you get a smooth perfectly blended gelato – no gritty texture. If you really want to level up – substitute Bacon Chocolate Chunks for the pure chocolate version.
PEANUT BUTTER CREAM
- 70g water
- 43g sugar
- 37g organic corn syrup
- 100g natural peanut butter*
- 627g whole milk
- 125g cream
- 159g sugar
- 49g non-fat milk powder
- 6 g tapioca starch
- 34g organic corn syrup
- 1 cup Chocolate Chunks
Make the peanut butter cream. Put the peanut butter into the bowl of a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
Combine the remaining ingredients in small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally. As soon as the mixture reaches a boil (or 212 degrees on a candy thermometer) immediately pour it into the mixer.
Start on low for 30 seconds then mix on high until the peanut butter cream is thick and completely cool When you touch the sides of the bowl it should be close to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate.
Combine sugar, non-fat milk powder, and tapioca starch. Mix the milk and cream in a large bowl. Whisk in the dry ingredients until there are no lumps. Thoroughly incorporate the corn syrup, being sure to scrape all of it into the bowl.
Place the mixture in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook for 8-10 minutes. Heat until bubbles start forming around the edges but do not let it come to a full rolling boil. Keep stirring the mixture while it cooks. In the last few minutes mix a bit faster as the mixture begins to thicken.
Once it’s thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, pour it through a fine mesh strainer into a clean bowl.
Place a piece of plastic wrap on the surface of the gelato to prevent a skin from forming. Put the bowl of hot gelato into an ice bath.
After the gelato has cooled, remove from the ice bath and refrigerate for 4-12 hours.
Mix peanut butter cream and gelato together with an immersion blender until completely incorporated. Process the gelato in an ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
In the last 2 minutes or so of churning (just before it is done) slowly pour a cup (or more) of the chocolate chunks slowly into the ice cream machine.
When it reaches the consistency of soft serve ice cream (about 20-30 minutes on most machines) Scoop into a container, place a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper on the surface and freeze until firm (4 hours minimum)
- Peanut Butter: Use an all natural brand with no sugar added. You want a good balance of nut oils and solids. If it separated in the jar (oil floating on the surface), give it a good stir before scooping it out and measuring it.
- Freezing the chocolate chunk mix-in before adding to the gelato will help maintain the coldness of the gelato and prevent any iciness.