Monday, 30 May 2011

Limoncello Gelato with Brandy Snap Crumble

As soon as I saw the recipe for Gelato in Olive I had to have a go, I love the taste of lemon ice cream and I wasn’t disappointed. It is, without reservation, unashamedly lemony and that, for me, makes it well worth doing

The dish as a whole came out of dessert gone wrong. Once I’d made the Gelato I wanted to create some Brandy snap baskets and then sit a generous ball of Gelato inside each basket. Unfortunately the Brandy Snaps went wrong and were too hard but tasted great.

I didn’t want to waste them so I hit on the idea of putting them in the food processor and reducing them to crumbs.

Limoncello Gelato (From Olive Magazine)
3 Lemons, Zested and Juiced
190g Icing Sugar
450ml Double Cream
3 Tbsp Ice Cold Limoncello

115g/4oz butter
115g/4oz caster sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
2 tbsp brandy
115g/4oz plain flour
1 tsp ground ginger

For the Gelato
Finely grate the zest of the lemons into a bowl, then add their juice the stir in the icing sugar and leave for 30 mins. Whip the cream and the ice-cold Limoncello  until softly whipped, then whisk in the lemon mixture. Turn into a tub and put in the freezer. Freeze over night

For the Brand Snaps
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper.
For the brandy snaps, melt the butter, sugar, syrup and brandy in a saucepan.
Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the flour and ginger. Set aside to cool.
Drop teaspoon sizes of the mixture onto the baking tray and space wide apart. Bake in the oven for 5–7 minutes.

At This point I shaped the discs, whilst still warm, over Dario moulds and although I achieved the basket shaped they were too hard.
To make the crumble put the cooked brandy snaps, once cold, into a food processor and pulse until you get a crumb like effect.

Line a Ramekin Dish with cling film, spoon the gelato into the Ramekin pressing down as you go until there’s 7-10 ml of space left at the top. Now top with the crumb mixture and press until firm. Put the Ramekin upside down on a plate, hold the Clingfilm down and gently lift the Ramekin. Finally delicately remove the cling film and add what decoration you feel good with.  


  1. Ooof! This looks and sounds amazing. Love this blog!

  2. Ah, how brave of you to admit the brandy snap base wasn't entirely intentional, because no-one would ever have known :-)

    Looks really great. A perfect summer dessert.

  3. How sweet! These look great and sound fantastic. I'm loving the little flower, it makes it even better. Brilliant that you made a crumble like base so the brandy snaps didn't get wasted.

  4. The gelato looks delicious, really can imagine it being so refreshing and tasty! Not keen on brandy snaps but weirdly appealing all crushed up instead!