european ice cream

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2005/11/27 14:15:38 (permalink)

european ice cream

how european ice cream differs from us ice cream?
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    BuddyRoadhouse
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    RE: european ice cream 2005/11/28 20:52:53 (permalink)
    I'm guessing more butterfat for starters. I do know that I had some of the best ice cream of my life when I was in the old Soviet Union about thirty years ago. It was sold from street carts by little old ladies. The most common flavor was vanilla, but it had a slight maple overtone to it. They also had it with these tiny dried berries that would rehydrate in the ice cream till they had a slightly chewy texture. I remember this ice cream vividly because it seemed so strange to be getting this wonderful treat in a country that, at the time, was supposedly our avowed enemy; where life was hard and times were dark.

    By contrast, the ice cream I had last year in Ireland was very good but no better than many of the premium brands we get here in the States.
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    Stephen Rushmore Jr.
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    RE: european ice cream 2005/11/28 22:09:26 (permalink)
    Europe has many different types of ice cream depending on where you visit. Can you be a little more specific?
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    RE: european ice cream 2005/11/29 02:24:46 (permalink)
    As SR says, there are different kinds, but the two hallmarks of the best ice creams wherever you find them are more butterfat and less air (and, of course, using top quality flavoring ingredients matters too). I suspect you are referring to gelato type ice creams and that's essentially their secret, especially the less air part.
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    RE: european ice cream 2005/12/06 19:15:50 (permalink)
    actually, gelato has a lot less butterfat than ice cream. Ice cream typically has between 18 and 20 percent butterfat, where gelato has around 6 percent
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    BuddyRoadhouse
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    RE: european ice cream 2005/12/06 20:36:28 (permalink)
    Yeah, I think the reason gelato is so rich is because it has much less air whipped in with it; nothing to do with the butterfat.
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    RE: european ice cream 2005/12/07 13:33:30 (permalink)
    If you ever make it down to Jacksonville, Fl, a place called Funari's Italian Creamery makes the best gelato on Earth!!!!
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