Delicious Gelato Recipe – Make It at Home

As a barista, I have a deep appreciation for the art of crafting delectable beverages. But it’s not just about coffee – another favorite icy treat of mine is Gelato Fior Di Latte. This Italian dessert is a cousin to ice cream, but with a creamier, silkier texture and a fairly neutral taste that allows for endless flavor combinations.

If you’re not familiar with Fior Di Latte, it literally translates to “flower of milk.” This name is apt because quality milk is the star of the show in this recipe. Heavy cream, sugar and absolutely no eggs are added to create a silky base that lets other flavors shine.

This gelato flavor has a special place in my heart because it was the first Fior Di Latte I ever tasted in Italy. The creamy, floral sweetness made me want to try every other gelato flavor available! This recipe is delicious on its own or as part of a sundae with toppings like spruce tip or chocolate gelato.

Let’s dive into what makes this recipe so great and how to craft your own Fior Di Latte masterpiece!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gelato Fior Di Latte ('Flower of Milk' Gelato)
Gelato Fior Di Latte (‘Flower of Milk’ Gelato)

Fellow gelato lovers, let me tell you why this gelato fior di latte recipe is going to become your new favorite. First of all, just the name alone – fior di latte – sounds enticing and almost exotic. And let me assure you, the taste definitely lives up to the name.

This icy dessert is made with quality milk and heavy cream, along with sugar and absolutely no eggs. The fairly neutral taste allows for the real star of the show to shine – the Fior di Latte translates to “flower of milk” in Italian. This means that the gelato has a delicate, floral flavor that’s perfect for anyone who loves creamy desserts.

But don’t be fooled by its plain base. This gelato flavor is incredibly versatile and can be spruced up with various toppings or mix-ins such as chocolate chips or even spruce tips for a unique twist on a classic.

Not only is this gelato recipe easy to make at home, but it’s also much healthier than store-bought options as it contains minimal preservatives and artificial flavors. And who doesn’t love the satisfaction of making their own homemade ice cream in their trusty cream maker?

So whether you’re preparing for a summer sundae extravaganza or looking for a delectable palette cleanser after a rich meal, this Fior di Latte Gelato recipe should definitely go into your dessert recipes repertoire. Trust me, it won’t disappoint.

Ingredient List

 Creamy and dreamy! Gelato Fior Di Latte is the perfect treat for those hot summer days.
Creamy and dreamy! Gelato Fior Di Latte is the perfect treat for those hot summer days.

Here is what you’ll need for this Gelato Fior Di Latte Recipe:
Dry Ingredients

  • 4 ounces of sugar (113.4 grams)
  • 1 and 1/3 tablespoons of cornstarch (About 12 grams)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt (A pinch)

Wet Ingredients

  • 3 cups of milk (710 milliliters)
  • 2 cups of heavy cream (470 milliliters)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (21 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (5 milliliters)


  • Fior di Latte – This is a dairy product that translates to “flower of milk” in Italian, which gives the Fior di Latte gelato its name. You can use any good quality milk with a fairly neutral taste as a substitute.

The Recipe How-To

 Satisfy your sweet tooth with just a scoop or two of this indulgent gelato.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with just a scoop or two of this indulgent gelato.

Now onto the good stuff – how to make this delicious Gelato Fior Di Latte! Don’t be intimidated by the idea of making your own gelato, it’s actually quite simple with the right directions.


  • 1 and 1/4 ounces cornstarch
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and 1/4 cup of the heavy cream until fully combined.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the remaining heavy cream, milk, and sugar. Heat the mixture over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until it just starts to steam.
  3. Slowly whisk in the cornstarch mixture to the saucepan and continue heating for another 5 minutes until the gelato base starts to thicken.
  4. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. Pour the gelato mixture into a bowl and let it cool for about 20 minutes at room temperature.
  6. Once cooled, place the gelato base in your ice cream maker according to its instructions.
  7. Let it churn for about 25-30 minutes, depending on your machine’s settings, until it’s reached a smooth and creamy consistency.
  8. Transfer the gelato into an air-tight container and freeze for at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.

This recipe is quite simple but there are a few things you should keep in mind while making Gelato Fior Di Latte:

Use quality ingredients

As with many recipes, using high-quality ingredients makes all of the difference! When possible, opt for Italian Fior di Latte (flower of milk) gelato base because it has a delicate flavor that pairs perfectly with other additions like [spruce tip] syrup or Amarone wine reduction.

Keep churning time consistent

Over-churning or under-churning can greatly affect the final texture of your gelato fior di latte. I suggest keeping a close eye on your ice cream maker as it nears its final stages of churning so you can quickly transfer the gelato to an airtight container.

Experiment with flavors

While Vanilla extract is wonderful in this recipe, feel free to mix things up! Try adding in some [added stracciatella] for extra flavor or consider mixing + matching different Fior Di Latte flavors (chocolate and vanilla are always good options).

Once you’ve made your Gelato Fior Di Latte, you can serve it plain or get creative by adding toppings like whipped cream, nuts, or fresh fruit. No matter what optional extras you choose, I’m confident you’ll end up with a delectable frozen treat that you’ll want to make again and again.

Substitutions and Variations

 There's something magical about the subtle flavors of Fior Di Latte gelato.
There’s something magical about the subtle flavors of Fior Di Latte gelato.

If you’re feeling adventurous with the gelato fior di latte recipe, there are plenty of opportunities for experimentation and personalization. Here are a few substitution and variation ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

– Chocolate gelato: Are you a chocolate lover? Try adding 1/2 to 1 cup of high-quality cocoa powder (depending on how rich you want it) to the base as you heat it. You can also mix in chopped up pieces of your favorite chocolate bar or make a stracciatella variation with melted chocolate drizzled into the churned ice cream.

– Spruce tip gelato: For a unique twist on the traditional fior di latte flavor, try infusing the milk and cream with spruce tips (make sure they are ethically sourced and not sprayed with any chemicals). Simply heat the milk and cream with the spruce tips until hot and then let steep for 20-30 minutes before straining out the solids.

– Vanilla gelato: If you want to highlight the sweetness of the vanilla flavor, consider using a mix of vanilla extract and vanilla bean paste instead of just extract. You could also swirl in some honey or fruit jam for extra sweetness.

– Dairy-free/vegan: While this recipe does rely heavily on dairy products, there are still ways to make a delicious icy dessert without them. Substitute almond milk or coconut milk for the whole milk and heavy cream, respectively. You may need to adjust the sugar amounts based on sweetness preferences.

– Sundae toppings: Of course, no ice cream experience is complete without an array of toppings! Consider experimenting with crunchy biscuit crumbles, fresh fruit, homemade whipped cream, or drizzles of chocolate sauce over your fior di latte gelato.

With endless possibilities for variation and creativity when it comes to making gelato fior di latte, the delectable palette of ice cream recipes will always have something new to offer.

Serving and Pairing

 Enjoy a scoop of pure comfort in every bite with gelato Fior Di Latte.
Enjoy a scoop of pure comfort in every bite with gelato Fior Di Latte.

The Fior di Latte Gelato is a creamy and rich icy dessert made with milk, heavy cream, sugar, and absolutely no eggs. The fairly neutral taste of this gelato is what makes it so versatile when it comes to serving and pairing options.

One classic way to serve Fior di Latte Gelato is simply in a cup or cone on its own. This allows you to fully appreciate the delicate flavor of the Italian flower milk that the gelato translates to. You can also try adding a drizzle of honey or sprinkle of vanilla extract for added sweetness.

For those who want to experiment with flavors beyond the plain base, adding a touch of stracciatella, which translates to bits of chocolate or chocolate shavings, mixed into the gelato can elevate the treat, and add complexity and texture.

If you’re looking to serve Fior di Latte Gelato as part of an elegant dessert course or take home idea, adding fresh fruit like strawberries or blueberries can spruce up its look while elevating its delectable palette. Another great pairing option for the creaminess of this gelato is. trying something unexpected yet complementary like chunky spiced cookies.

Whether served solo or in combination with another dessert recipe or topping, Fior di Latte Gelato simply tastes divine. The gelato speaks for itself thanks to its top-quality milk and Italian flower origins, which make it a perfect match with other sweet treats like chocolate gelato or vanilla gelato.

Keep in mind that this gelato is easy to work with and can hold up well when paired with more assertive flavors. To ensure your creation comes out perfect every time be sure to follow precise measurements in making the gelato base, using quality milk and heavy cream, it will always impress when served.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 It's like an Italian summer day in a cone! Try our Fior Di Latte Gelato today.
It’s like an Italian summer day in a cone! Try our Fior Di Latte Gelato today.

What’s the point of making a delicious Gelato Fior Di Latte if you can’t enjoy it later? To ensure that you can savor your icy dessert at your leisure, follow these easy instructions for making ahead, storing, and reheating your gelato.

Before storing your gelato, allow it to cool to room temperature, then place it in an airtight container. The ideal container is one that is designed for the freezer, such as a plastic or glass container with a tight-fitting lid. Avoid using metal containers because they tend to leave a metallic flavor in your gelato.

When you’re ready to serve your gelato after freezing it, allow it to soften for a few minutes by placing it on the counter or in the fridge. Using an ice cream scoop that was warmed in hot water will also make serving easier.

If you have leftovers, don’t worry about sacrificing quality for convenience. Your gelato will last up to 3 months in the freezer without losing its delectable palette. However, be sure it’s stored properly and away from foods with strong odors to avoid any contamination.

Reheating your frozen gelato might seem like an odd idea, but let me tell you that there are many possibilities! If you wish to enjoy your Gelato Fior Di Latte in different ways than as a plain scoop, try scooping it into dessert recipes such as sundaes or cakes. Another suggestion would be melting some chocolate or heating up some honey and mixing them with the Gelato to add flavors and spruce up your dish.

With these storage tips, you can stock up on Gelato Fior Di Latte anytime you crave some festive fun without worrying about compromising its quality.

Tips for Perfect Results

 For the ultimate experience, pair Fior Di Latte Gelato with your favorite fruit or pie.
For the ultimate experience, pair Fior Di Latte Gelato with your favorite fruit or pie.

To create the perfect scoop of Gelato Fior Di Latte, follow these simple tips.

First and foremost, always use high-quality ingredients. This means using fresh whole milk and heavy cream, as well as real vanilla extract instead of imitation flavoring. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.

When whisking together the egg yolks and sugar, be sure to mix them until they are thick and pale yellow in color. This is important for creating a smooth and creamy base for the gelato.

The cornstarch should then be added to the mixture before slowly heating it over medium heat. Be patient during this step and stir continuously to prevent clumps from forming.

After the mixture has thickened, transfer it to a bowl to cool before adding the remaining milk and heavy cream. Once everything is combined, chill the mixture in the refrigerator for at least an hour to ensure that it is completely cold before churning it in an ice cream maker.

For those without an ice cream maker, fear not! Simply pour the chilled mixture into a shallow dish and place it in the freezer. Every thirty minutes, return to the freezer and stir vigorously with a fork to break up any ice crystals that may have formed.

When serving, feel free to get creative with your toppings! From fresh fruit to crushed cookies or even a drizzle of honey, there are endless possibilities for sprucing up this classic Italian dessert.

By following these tips and using quality ingredients, you’ll be sure to impress your guests with this delectable palette-pleaser.


Now that you know how to make a delicious Gelato Fior Di Latte, you may have some questions about the recipe. In this section, I will answer frequently asked questions to help you tackle any issues that may arise while making this creamy dessert. From adjusting the recipe to troubleshooting, these FAQs will surely help you achieve perfect results every time. So, let’s dive into it!

What is gelato fior di latte?

Fior di Latte gelato, a delectable icy Italian dessert, is made without any eggs, only milk, heavy cream, and sugar. Its neutral taste makes it an ideal foundation for various gelato recipes, and its egg-free composition renders it a lighter option than other gelato flavors.

How to make your own fior di latte?

Let’s get started by warming up some milk to a cozy 37C temperature on a medium heat saucepan. It’s important not to overheat the milk, or we might run into some issues later on.

Next, we need to get our rennet ready by combining it with 30ml of water in a separate bowl. Once the rennet is evenly mixed, we can pour it into the saucepan with the warm milk and give it a good stir.

Once that’s done, we should set the mixture aside and wait patiently for the curd to form. This usually takes around 20-30 minutes, but it’s best to keep an eye on it just in case. You’ll notice the mixture becoming thicker and clumping together – that’s when we know the curdling process has started.

Finally, we can pour some boiling water over the curd to increase the temperature to 39C. This helps the curd solidify and become easier to shape later on. Just make sure to pour the water slowly and evenly, so we don’t accidentally dissolve the curd or create any unwanted lumps.

What does Fior di Latte gelato taste like?

Crafting the perfect flower of milk gelato requires mastery of a subtle flavor profile that is created using only milk, cream and sugar. This flavor is revered for its clean and delicate taste that exudes pure elegance without the need for additional ingredients. However, achieving this level of sophistication is no small feat, and a barista must pay close attention to the details to get it just right.

What flavor is fior di latte ice cream?

Fior di latte, known as “flower of milk,” is a classic Italian flavor usually used in gelato. It has a sweet and creamy taste, with a mild touch of vanilla and honey.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, making Gelato Fior Di Latte is easy and satisfying, especially when using high-quality ingredients like Fior di Latte, heavy cream, and milk. This ice cream recipe is perfect for hot summer days or just when your sweet tooth is calling. Although its fairly neutral taste makes it versatile for adding different mix-ins and toppings, it can also stand alone, providing a clean and refreshing treat.

If you’re looking to switch up your dessert repertoire a bit, this Italian dessert recipe is a must-try. You won’t be disappointed with the delectable palette of ice cream flavors, from the classic vanilla and chocolate gelato to the traditional Fior di Latte. Plus, it’s an excellent opportunity to expand your culinary skills by practicing your gelato-making techniques.

So next time you’re craving something icy, delightful and flavorful, grab some Fiori Di Latte and give our recipe a try! It will take only minutes for preparation and a few hours for freezing but will result in creamy deliciousness that will leave you wanting more. Trust me; you won’t be able to get enough of this rich frozen dessert!

Gelato Fior Di Latte (‘Flower of Milk’ Gelato) Recipe

This is a simple gelato, very versatile; enjoy it plain, with fresh fruit, or to accompany a cake. This gelato is often used in the preparation of affogato al caffè, where the gelato is covered with brewed espresso and topped with whipped cream. This recipe does require an ice cream maker.

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Heat the milk and cream in a large saucepan over medium heat, then add the sugar and honey and stir to dissolve. Add the vanilla extract.
  2. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a glass or metal container. Cool the gelato base over an ice water bath or in the refrigerator, stirring from time to time. When completely chilled, pour into an ice cream maker. Process according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Transfer to a container and freeze for about 2 hours before serving.
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