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Watermelon gelato (no churn)

Easy watermelon gelato made with no ice cream maker is the best way to cool off from the heat!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 36 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 284 kcal


  • Large saucepan
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Wooden spoon
  • Sieve
  • Loaf pan
  • Electric mixer
  • spatula


Watermelon gelato

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 large egg yolks room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups watermelon frozen and then pureed
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar


Watermelon gelato

  • In a large saucepan, add the whole milk. Turn heat to medium low and bring to a gentle simmer. Puree the watermelon and set aside.
  • In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks and the 1 cup of sugar together until smooth. Temper the eggs, by slowly adding about ¼ cup of the hot milk mixture in while whisking continuously. Pour the custard into the hot milk and place over low heat.
  • Stir the custard mixture for 5-7 minutes or until the mixture has slightly thickened (enough to coat the back of the spoon). Don't bring to a boil or the mixture will curdle.
  • Pour the custard mixture through a sieve into a clean mixing bowl and let cool to room temperature. Stir every 5 minutes. Stir in vanilla extract and salt. Once completely cooled, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate a minimum of 4 hours to overnight.
  • Once the custard is cold, add heavy cream to bowl and mix until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the custard into the whipped cream with a spatula.
  • Stir together the pureed watermelon and sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Add this into the gelato base.
  • Pour the gelato into the loaf pan and place in freezer. After 45-60 minutes, whip it up to break up any ice crystals that have formed. Repeat this process 2-3x until it has thickened.
  • Cover well and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.


Serving: 8servingsCalories: 284kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 4gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 139mgSodium: 333mgPotassium: 157mgFiber: 1gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 875IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 102mgIron: 1mg
Keyword summer time dessert, gelato, fresh watermelon, no ice cream maker
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