Recipe: Honey Gelato

Honey Gelato, from Cooking Light.
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(CBS News) This recipe comes courtesy of health, nutrition and fitness authority Cooking Light, which offers a lighter approach to some Thanksgiving classics. Cooking Light inspires readers to eat smart and live a healthier lifestyle, by translating cutting-edge nutrition research into recipes and guidance for the home cook.

A rich-tasting gelato, made the traditional Italian way, with an easy-to-cook custard that's frozen in a countertop or crank ice cream maker, can satisfy the sweet tooth all year round. Try it solo as a light ending note to any meal, or serve it atop hot apple pie or toasted slices of pound cake for a flavor-packed treat.

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Honey Gelato

Yield: 8 servings
Serving size: 1/2 cup


1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup nonfat dry milk
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated fat-free milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 large egg yolks
1 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
Mint sprigs (optional)


Combine first three ingredients in a medium, heavy saucepan. Heat mixture over medium heat until honey dissolves, stirring frequently (do not boil). Remove from heat.

Combine salt and egg yolks in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Gradually add honey mixture to egg mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Place honey mixture in pan; cook over medium heat until mixture reaches 180 degrees (about 3 minutes), stirring constantly (do not boil). Remove from heat; stir in 2% milk. Cool completely.

Pour mixture into the freezer can of an ice-cream freezer; freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. Spoon gelato into a freezer-safe container. Cover and freeze 2 hours or until firm. Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving

Calories: 153
Calories from fat: 19%
Fat: 3.3g
Saturated fat: 1.2g
Monounsaturated fat: 1.2g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.4g
Protein: 6.7g
Carbohydrate: 25.4g
Fiber: 0.0g
Cholesterol: 111mg
Iron: 0.5mg
Sodium: 121mg
Calcium: 208mg

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