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Picota cherry and rose gelato

The combination of cherry and rose flavours works so well in this gelato recipe. What is the difference between ice cream and gelato? Ice cream is made with eggs, essentially it's a frozen custard, whereas gelato is thickened with cornflour. Make sure you 'cook out' the cornflour.
I piled cherries on top as well as in the ice cream, mimicking those extravagant Italian displays in ice cream parlours, where they display the flavours with the fresh ingredients.
Course: Dessert, Gelato
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Cherries, Cherry recipes, Gelato, Icecream, Picota cherry, Rose recipes
Servings: 1 litre


  • Icecream maker


  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 20 g cornflour
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 200 ml whole milk
  • 400 ml sour cream
  • 1 tbsp rosewater
  • 250 g Picota cherries pitted, chopped
  • Extra cherries to decorate


  • Put the sugar, cornflour, salt and 2 tablespoons of the milk, into a small pan over a low heat. Whisk the mixture together as you warm it, then add the rest of the milk.
  • Continue to whisk until it thickens. The mixture will become translucent, meaning that the cornflour has cooked through properly.
  • Remove from heat and add the hot liquid to the sour cream. Add the rose water and the Picota cherries. Leave to cool, then add to your ice cream maker and churn for 90 minutes.