My pink subject is a simple, yet complex treat ~ gelato. I am not normally a big fan of ice cream, but I must say that I really did enjoy the gelato in Italy. Many people think that gelato is just Italian ice cream. However, that is not exactly correct.
In the US ice cream legally has a minimum of 10% fat, but many contain as much as 30%. Gelato has more whole milk than cream so it is normally 5% - 7% fat. Gelato is churned more slowly than ice cream, so it doesn't get as much air incorporated into the mixture. While ice cream can have as much as 50% air, gelato's percentage of air is around 25%. And lastly, gelato is not frozen to as cold of a temperature as ice cream. All of this, particularly the lower fat content, results in a different mouth feel. And that's probably why I enjoyed the gelato so much when I'm not one of those who "all scream for ice cream".
Melon and strawberry gelato ~ a treat to be savoured on the bank of Lake Como:
Happy Pink Saturday!