Gelato al Limone {Lemon Gelato}


Ah, gelato, there’s nothing like it! And with the help of my handy dandy Cuisinart maker I can make it anytime we want. I love all things lemon. The more pucker the better ; ) So of course for the first gelato of the season I wanted to make Limone! It’s sunshine in a cup, or cone however you prefer! You can customize the tartness to your taste, just add more or less zest & lemon juice & voila! Gelato always makes me feel like I’m in Italy! It wasn’t uncommon for me to eat it 2-3 times per day especially in the spring & summertime. Perhaps it was the fact that I could NEVER pass a gelatteria without stopping, & lucky for me they’re not hard to find LOL

Watching all of the webisodes from Bertolli’s “Into the heart of Italy” has me longing to get back to Italy something terrible! And this episode is no exception…Take a look at Episode 4 “The Secret of the Mediterranean” where Rocco, Marisa & Dan are this week! And don’t forget after you’ve watched the video {bc you’ll have to answer a question about the webisode to enter ; ) } you can enter to win a culinary vacation to bella Italia from Bertolli HERE ! Ehem, just remember I’m happy to tag along as your translator & general gelato tour guide ~ just sayin’

Semplicemente¬†favoloso {simply fabulous} ! And now I know you’d like some of that gelato al limone right? Of course I wouldn’t leave you without the recipe! This time around I used heavy whipping cream & half and half for an extra luscious lemony gelato (this is the way my Mom makes hers ; ) ! I have used milk to make my other gelato recipes and you could certainly do that as well. You can make this up ahead of time and then just pop it into your gelato maker when you’re ready to enjoy! In the warmer months I ALWAYS keep my gelato maker bowl in the freezer so that it’s ready to go when we are as I’m not the most patient person in the world ; ) Especially when it comes to GELATO!


What you’ll need:
6 lemons – zested & juiced (approx 1/2 cup lemon zest & 1 cup lemon juice)
6 egg yolks
1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
2 1/2 cups half and half
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups sugar

What to do:
Whisk your egg yolks, heavy cream together into a bowl & set aside. Into a large sauce pan add half and half, lemon zest and sugar. Heat over medium heat stirring frequently until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add some of the warm half and half mixture to the egg yolk mixture into order to temper. GRADUALLY add the egg yolk mixture into the half and half mixture and stir well to combine. Return to medium heat and cook until mixture thickens. Remove from heat stir in vanilla extract.

Allow pan to cool slightly cover with saran wrap and place into the fridge to cool completely. When you’re ready to make your gelato stir in the lemon juice and follow instructions on your gelato maker!

Buon Appetito!

Giveaway from Bertolli:

Now to get you started making gelato Bertolli has generously GIVEN us an amazing DESSERT PACKAGE to pass along to ONE lucky winner! Yes, you knew it was coming, you did see GIVEAWAY in the title didn’t you ; )

This is a super mega FABULOUS prize pack compliments of Bertolli and includes:

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AND MORE ... see the full list below!

  1. Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker {aka gelato maker} pictured above
  2. Bialetti Espresso Machine pictured above
  3. Two Crate & Barrel Espresso Cups and Saucers
  4. iTunes Gift Card with Suggested Contemporary Italian Playlist
  5. Two VIP coupons for a Bertolli Frozen Meal for two that will transport you to Italy in just 10 minutes

How about that ; ) You can have your Bertolli Meal & then enjoy some gelato you’ve created! And then because no Italian meal is complete with espresso after dinner you can whip up a pot of fresh espresso in your spanking new Moka Pot and then serve them in your fancy new espresso cups ALL the while listening to some melodic Italian music! Ah, my kind of night!


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In boca al lupo!



  1. 301

    I adore any lemon dessert and this gorgeous gelato would be right up my alley.

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    Doreen /

    I am now following @bertolli on twitter for the bonus entry

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    Doreen /

    I like bella alimento on Facebook

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    Doreen /

    I because an email subscriber to your blog

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    Doreen /

    Paula – thanks for a fabulous giveaway and all the chances to enter! I think the email address on my first couple of entries is incorrect – the email address on my later entries is the correct one … it only matters if one of my entries is chose as the winner (which is what I hope will happen!)

  6. 306

    I really liked the scenes at the Carnivale. My favorite part was when Gabriella threw the shrimp back in the sea. I also liked the meal at the end but wonder if I could of eaten it without thinking of the poor shrimps :)

    By the way, your recipe for gelato looks fantastic – if I win the gelato maker I will make it!


  7. 307

    Mmmmm, looks fabulous! Yum!

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    Brenda S /

    I love how friendly the website feels — it’s like sitting hanging out in the kitchen, drinking wine, chatting, and cooking :)

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    Brenda S /

    I joined the e-mail updates list.

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    Brittany /

    Hi Paula,
    I’ll have to get a gelato/ice cream maker eventually …. But until then is there anyway to make this without one?
    It looks great, by the way?

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      Hi Brittany! Thank you : ) I’ve never tried it without my maker BUT you certainly could try just placing it into a bowl into the freezer and stirring every 15 mins or so…Let me know how it turns out if you try it : ) <3

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    Just tweeted your great giveaway!!

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    Brittany /

    Paula, that worked out great :) The texture was perfect & everything, even without the ice cream machine! Thanks for your adivce. Your blog is greatttt, I can’t even tell you how many of your recipes I have already tried. <3

  13. 313

    I made this Lemon Gelato last night. The entire office is going crazy over it! YUMM!!! Will make this again and again! Thank you for an easy to make and excellent recipe.

  14. 314

    Wow! That is fantastic! This is my first attempt to make anything other than sorbet in my ice cream machine. It worked out so well and the family loves it! Thanks for the fabulous recipe.

  15. 315

    gorgeous recipe and photos! saving this to my online cookbook (, can’t wait to try as i share your love of lemons!


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