Amaretto Gelato

I had planned on making all types of ice cream, sorbets and cold desserts this summer seeing as it´s so hot that I never feel like baking or even turning on the oven but that kind of all went out the window since having Chloe as it´s really difficult trying to find the time!!! Anyway, I did manage to grab some time to make this Amaretto Gelato....I absolutely love anything Amaretto flavoured or with Amaretto in it! The recipe is based on a recipe from a Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book. Gelato is Italian based ice-cream which has a lower butterfat content than ice cream but it tastes just as delicious!

Ingredients (about 6 servings)

6 egg yolks (beaten)

2 cups milk

3/4 cup sugar

between 1/8 to 1/4 cup Amaretto


1. Place sugar, milk and egg yolks in a pan and cook over medium heat while stirring, till it coats a metal spoon. Be very careful not to overcook as the mixture starts to look like scrambled egg (I know as this happened to me!). If this happens, place in food processor/blender or use an electric hand whisk and blend or mix till you have a smooth,thin custard-like liquid.

2. Add Amaretto and stir to combine, then place in a airtight container and cover with clingfilm and place in fridge overnight or for several hours.

3. Place in freezer and freeze for about 45 mins, then remove from freezer, stir up gelato to break up ice crystals, then place back in the freezer for a couple of hours until set.

4. When ready remove from freezer and serve (I found that it was frozen solid and was very difficult to serve so I´d recommend leaving it to soften a little before serving) and sprinkle with crushed Amaretti biscuits.


Sabor y Sazón Columbian Restaurant, Ciudad Real

Since having Chloe I haven´t had much time for cooking & baking or blogging although I have managed to make a salad dressing, one quick chocolate cake which I whipped up in my Kenwood food processor and spaghett bolognese so it´s a start!! However, we have been doing quite a bit of eating out with my parents, trying out or taking them to new restaurants. As my parents have never tried Columbian food, we decided to take them to Sabor Y Sazón. Unfortunately, the restaurant is being sold so I think I must be a bearer of bad luck as the shop I liked, Fabricando Delicias, closed and a shop which was the only shop in which I could find tilapia also closed!

Sabor Y Sazón is a fairly small restaurant,not particularly chic but cozy. The restaurant does a taster menu for only 10 euros per person minus drinks so it´s very reasonable too. We all chose a taster menu, which is comprised of about 5-6 small courses. First of all we had empanadas, a type of cornmeal pasty filled with meat (shown below)

The second course was a fried cornmeal ball stuffed with meat, potato and rice (very delicious but also very filling!) (shown below)

We then had an arepa (a flat,round patty made of corn flour) with cheese on it, followed by two smaller arepas,one with chicken on and the other had tuna on it.By this time, I was full to bursting and yet there was still one more dish! However I couldn´t eat the tuna arepa or the final dish, which is a flat cake or patty made from banana and which was topped with prawns and thousand island dressing. As we were all so stuffed none of us tried a dessert but they also have a variety of tropical juices which you can have with either milk or water. My mum had mango juice with milk, which was lovely and creamy and tasted very similar to a mango lassi and on the waiter´s reccommendation , I tried a fruit juice I´d never heard of with water, lulo (also known as naranjilla) shown below:

Although it doesn´t look very appealing, it´s a greenish colour and is quite lumpy looking so a bit reminiscent of puke really, it has a sweet acidic taste, which was actually very refeshing and pleasant tasting!

As I ´ve never been to another Columbian restaurant before I have nothing to compare this restaurant to but on the whole, it´s a nice restaurant where you can find good, tasty, filling, and reasonable food.

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