Balsamic Strawberry Gelato

I found this recipe listed in The Week, which found it in the LA Times. I decided to make it because it calls for balsamic vinegar, and I happen to have a small quantity of strawberry white balsamic vinegar that I don’t know what to do with. In this recipe, I used the whipping cream. The recipe was easy to make and tasty – if you like a certain tang of a vinegar aftertaste. The recipe notes indicate that this can be done with other fruits such as peaches and nectarines.

Balsamic-Strawberry Gelato


  • 2 lbs. Strawberries, hulled & cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Orange Juice
  • 1-1/2 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Mascarpone or whipping cream


  1. In a large bowl, toss strawberries in 1/3 cup sugar, orange juice, and balsamic vinegar until evenly coated. Taste and add more sugar if needed. The mixture should be quite sweet, as freezing will dull the flavors.
  2. Spread berries on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer and freeze until solid, about 2 hours.
  3. Scrape frozen berries into a food processor, add mascarpone (or whipping cream) and pulse frequently, until creamy (about 3 minutes). Eventually the mixture will become smooth.
  4. Serve immediately or spoon into a covered dish and freeze to stiffen before serving. If mixture becomes too solid, thaw slightly, cut into small chunks, return to food processor and pulse until creamy.

About jenny

Jennifer Smith Greene is originally from and lives currently in Burbank, California with her husband Gavin Greene. Jenny completed her undergraduate degree from Woodbury University in Graphic Design. She has worked as a graphics & web designer, both as an in-house and freelance designer. She also has completed a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has worked as a hospital chaplain and in support roles in various churches. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys watercolor painting. She has taken classes and workshops under Joseph Stoddard, Tom Fong, Danny Gregory and Jane Friend. Additionally, Jenny is active in the community and volunteers her time on the Board of Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley, a social service nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless children and their families by providing shelter and support services to help the families find jobs and housing. Jenny enjoys reading (and highly recommends the site Goodreads), watching movies, playing softball and tennis and taking walks with her husband. Otherwise, Jenny is always curious to find out about those people who come to her site and would love to hear from you!
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