I have always loved the flavour of blood oranges. They are sweet and have that punch of citrus that is so refreshing. I first tried blood orange gelato when I was in Italy years ago. Whenever I visited a gelateria here in Toronto, I would always search for this particular flavour so I could be transported back to Italy. It’s not hard to come by however it does taste rather unique. I tried to recreate this interesting flavour at home and my version turned out completely different than what I was used to. The blood orange gelato I was used to eating was more of a sherbet and very tangy. It was almost artificial tasting which I came to realize after I experimented with it myself. I like my version a lot – when I attempted making the flavour using a standard ice cream base, the result was a deliciously creamsicle-like gelato. It has that subtle tanginess of blood oranges and is very refreshing.
Blood oranges are only in season for a very short period of time. For this particular batch I had a friend bring me some back from her trip to Italy. My father also brought me back a quart of freshly squeezed blood orange juice from Florida – the home of the orange. I had a craving and I had to satisfy it so I tried to get my hands on as much as I could! I used the zest of a regular orange to infuse the cream since I couldn’t get my hands on blood oranges at this time of year (I also filtered out the zest afterward since I am not a fan of zest in my gelato).
Blood oranges will be out soon enough so make sure that you grab a bunch from the market so that you can try my dreamy gelato recipe! Join me in my quest to eat gelato every day!