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Raw Chocolate gelato à la Modica

Adapted after a recipe by Fernanda Gosetti, this variation gives us a gelato made with "cold-processed" chocolate - thus following in the footsteps of the Aztecs, the Spanish conquistadors and in the chocolate-making spirit of the Italian city of Modica!


  • 350 ml (1.4 cups) cream
  • 150 ml (3/5) cup whole milk
  • 2/3 vanilla bean or about 1/2 teaspoon good quality vanilla powder
  • 4-5 egg yolks
  • 100 gram sugar preferably raw brown sugar
  • 60 gram dark chocolate à la Modica made of equal parts unsweetened cocoa mass and raw brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom [or cinnamon or and/any other nice spice you'd like to add a touch of. If you don't like any spices to your chocolate, you're of course free not to add any!]
  • optional but highly recommended: 1/4 teaspoon chile powder
  • optional: 3/4 tablespoon rhum


  • Pour half of the milk and half of the cream in a sauce pan. Add the vanilla, the egg yolks and the sugar.
  • Bring to an almost-boil (to be exact, to the so-called Nappe-stage, which means about 82-84º C /180-183ºF): the point when you can draw a line that stays on the back of a spoon you've dipped in the base).
  • Let cool down.
  • Chop the chocolate, mix with the remaining milk and melt on low heat in (another) sauce pan: put aside to cool down.
  • When both mixtures have turned cold, mix them with each other. Whip the remaining cream and blend it in to complete the base.
  • Churn, and - if using - add the rhum towards the end of the process.


See the post on the website for detailed instructions on how to make your raw chocolate à la Modica!