Peach and mascarpone gelato
26th September 2010

Peach and mascarpone gelato

By Lauren Photography by Adam

I am a total ice-cream fiend.  As a child, I remember begging Mum and Dad for ice-cream after dinner—even if we were too full to finish all our veggies, my brothers and I always protested that we had plenty of room left for ice-cream as it “slips down the sides”!

Fruity gelato like this one doesn’t require making a custard base, which makes it a really simple way of making a delicious frozen dessert.  As an added bonus, this method also doesn’t require an ice-cream maker (of course if you are lucky enough to have such an appliance, feel free to make the most of it). You can use any fruit—fresh, frozen or canned.  I am looking forward to making a fresh raspberry version once they come into season.


Makes approximately 750ml
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  • 250 g peaches, diced and stones removed
  • 180 g caster sugar
  • 200 ml water
  • 100 ml cream
  • 100 ml mascarpone
  • 1 vanilla pod, split and scraped


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  • 1. In a food processor, blend together peaches and caster sugar.
  • 2. Add water and continue to process until smooth.
  • 3. In a separate bowl, whip cream, mascarpone and scrapings from vanilla bean until thick but not overly aerated. Add peach puree and mix thoroughly.
  • 4. If you have an ice cream maker follow manufacturers instructions. If not, pour the mixture into a stainless steel bowl or container with a lid that seals well. Freeze until set – roughly 3 or 4 hours.
  • 5. Remove frozen gelato from container, chop roughly into the bowl of food processor and process until smooth. Return to stainless steel container and freeze again. Repeat the chopping/re-freezing process once more, and then serve!


  1. Perfect!
    I’m totally crazy about ice creams, and this one looks delicious!

  2. Bec

    Tried this last week coz I really like the photo and the sound of it. But not as creamy as we expected a gelato to be. More watery like a sorbet. Bit disappointed.

  3. Julie

    Wow, this looks just fabulous – great use of late summer peaches!

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