Chocolate Walnut Gelato

  • Yield 8 servings
  • Prep 20 mins
  • Cook 10 mins

Perfect for any summer soirée, this light dessert will leave you feeling both refreshed and satisfied. The not-too-sweet chocolate flavour with a hint of orange zest and crunch of California walnuts is a frozen treat that is sure to be a favourite for grown-up tastes.


3 cups water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup Dutch processed, unsweetened cocoa powder
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 cup California walnuts finely chopped, toasted


  1. In medium saucepan over medium heat, bring water, sugar and cocoa powder to a boil, whisking constantly.

  2. Reduce heat and simmer until sugar is completely dissolved and cocoa is well blended, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate until melted. Let cool completely.

  3. Stir in orange zest and Californiawalnuts. Cover and refrigerate until completely cold, about 4 hours.

  4. Spoon chilled chocolate into shallow metal pan; freeze until almost firm, about 3 hours. Break into chunks; purée in food processor. Pack into airtight container and freeze until firm, about 1 hour. Alternatively, transfer chilled mixture to ice cream maker and prepare according to manufacturer’s instructions.


Chef’s Tip: Use good quality chocolate to achieve the best results; do not use baking chocolate for this recipe.



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