irish cream & mascarpone gelato

August 12, 2012

in Frozen Treats

I have a bit of an addiction to Mascarpone. I love to spread it on graham crackers or a slice of toast for a snack, and since my fridge is rarely without a tub, I find ways to use it as an ingredient whenever possible. Earlier this year, I made Irish Cream brownies to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. While the fudgy brownies are incredibly decadent, it was the whipped Irish Cream and Mascarpone topping that put them in my top-10 list. Those brownies (and especially that topping!) inspired me to create a frozen treat to enjoy now, in the height of the summer heat.

Mascarpone adds a sweet flavor and creamy texture to this gelato, which distinctly profiles the cream-based liqueur. I like to dress up each serving with a splash of Baileys and a sprinkle of chocolate chips for the ultimate indulgence!

Irish Cream & Mascarpone Gelato
1 1/2 cups low-fat milk
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup Mascarpone, softened slightly
6 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp Baileys Irish Cream
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Combine low-fat milk, whole milk, Mascarpone, sugar, Baileys, and vanilla extract in a food processor or blender; process until combined. Chill mixture for at least 4 hours in the refrigerator before pouring into frozen cylinder of ice cream maker; freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Spoon mixture into a freezer-safe container and place in the freezer for another hour or until firm.

Yield – 6 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup)
Calories – 165
Carbs – 20

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46 Comments

1 Carol | a cup of mascarpone August 12, 2012

Today’s my birthday, Laura – will you PLEASE send this incredibly sounding gelato to me via the computer screen?!? WOW! This is next weekend’s project!!!

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2 Tutti Dolci August 12, 2012

Happy Birthday, Carol! I’d love to! :)

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3 Terra August 12, 2012

What a gorgeous combination, the creamy texture alone I bet was beyond amazing! I remember when I discovered Irish cream, and had to have it in my coffee always. There is something about the flavor, it is soooo delicious! Now I need some Irish Cream Mascarpone Gelato:-) Hugs, Terra

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4 Charles August 12, 2012

Beautiful – so creamy! I bet the mascarpone and Irish cream gives a wonderful texture and flavour! Perfect for summer too… today was SO hot here :(

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5 cassie August 12, 2012

Ooo, this looks so good Laura. I love gelato, so refreshing. These flavors are making me drool!

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6 Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious August 12, 2012

A first time visitor here, stopping by to say hello. This looks like a very tasty combination!

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7 Anne@FromMySweetHeart August 12, 2012

Laura…you’ve used two of my favorite ingredients here! I love Irish Cream and I use mascarpone often in my baking, too! So both of these, in a gelato, would really make my day! GREAT photos! : )

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8 Jen @ Savory Simple August 12, 2012

OMG girl, this is deadly. I love mascarpone so much I can’t keep it around. I try to buy as much as I need to a recipe and that’s it! Otherwise I’d use it in and on everything. And I looooooove Baileys. Love.

Drool.

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9 Valerie August 12, 2012

Mascarpone and Irish cream? What a decadent combination!! (I’m loving your pretty turquoise spoons too!)

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10 Minnie(@thelady8home) August 12, 2012

Incredible combination!!!! This looks so great. Refreshing and summers now makes you fel have some. Awesome!

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11 Deb August 12, 2012

What a spectacular gelato! Creamy mascarpone compliments the voluptuous Irish Cream for a stunning dessert.

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12 Marina@Picnic at Marina August 12, 2012

Oh, I love mascarpone too… with irish cream, mmm, what a delicious combo! :)

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13 Suzanne Perazzini August 12, 2012

I have no ice cream maker and it’s still too cold here for ice cream but give me a tub of mascarpone and you will be my friend. It’s addictive.

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14 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 12, 2012

I have a bit of an addiction to mascarpone too! I seriously want to add it to everything! You did a perfect job adding it to this gelato – it looks absolutely heavenly!

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15 Lizzy (Good Things) August 13, 2012

Aw, delicious! May I please pop over. ; )

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16 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 13, 2012

I love mascarpone too! I love that you can have it sweet or savoury. What a great idea for a gelato flavour :)

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17 Baker Street August 13, 2012

i remember the irish cream brownies! They have been on my list forever (or so it feels). this gelato looks amazing, laura! I’m with you on that mascarpone addiction!

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18 the wicked noodle August 13, 2012

I’m with you on that mascarpone addiction! It’s just so creamy…

What a fun & unique recipe, Laura! I love all the twists you give to your recipes to make them upscale & elegant. How is it that you don’t have a cookbook deal yet? I’ll be first in line!

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19 Tutti Dolci August 13, 2012

You are too funny, I ask myself that same question ;)

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20 Lan | angry asian August 13, 2012

oh this looks decidedly sinful!

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21 The Café Sucré Farine August 13, 2012

All I can say is a big WOW! This sounds amazing – what a creative, delicious combination of flavors for gelato. Sounds crazy good! :)

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22 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet August 13, 2012

This looks so deliciously beautiful, Laura! I have yet to try making gelato – this one should be the first to try! PS: Love your spoons!!

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23 Patty August 13, 2012

I could have used a scoop of your gelato last week in the heat and humidity of New Jersey/New York! Looks really good, love all your colors- beautiful styling:-)

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24 Sandra's Easy Cooking August 13, 2012

Wonderful!!!! I love your recipe and pictures are making me want one of those glasses right now. Thank you for sharing and have a sweet Monday!

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25 Mercedes August 13, 2012

This sounds great Laura! I have never thought about mascarpone in ice cream, but this looks so yummy!

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26 fabiola@notjustbaked August 13, 2012

I love mascarpone, and this! It looks so beautiful, and inviting:)

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27 Jennifer @ Mother Thyme August 13, 2012

I have a mascarpone addiction too! What a great combination!

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28 Marta @ What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today? August 13, 2012

i like mascarpone as well, I didn’t know that I can use it in ice creams :) nice recipe.

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29 Jenn August 13, 2012

I spy cute spoons… and gelato that would be gone in an instant in my home!!

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30 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers August 13, 2012

You really know how to make a person salivate for sweet treats. I love the ingredients that you put together here!

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31 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) August 13, 2012

That sounds amazing! I would love a couple spoonfuls of that tonight!!

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32 Nami | Just One Cookbook August 13, 2012

To be honest with you, there is no dessert that you make that I would pass. More like… I want to eat everything you make. This gelato sounds so good. If you need taste tester… call me…. Ugh, I wish!!! :D

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33 Jennifer @ Delicieux August 14, 2012

Mmm this sounds divine Laura. I’ve never thought of using mascarpone in ice cream before. Something I have to try as I love it :D

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34 Sawsan (Chef in disguise) August 14, 2012

This sounds like the perfect summer treat!
and I am in love with the pictures, beautiful styling

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35 Nancy/SpicieFoodie August 14, 2012

Oooh yummy! I’ve never tasted gelato made with mascarpone, though I do love the idea. Such a fantastic creation Laura:)

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36 Lora @cakeduchess August 14, 2012

Irish Cream and mascarpone is a super fun summer ice-cream combo. Mascarpone has such a lovely velvety texture and delicate flavor that is perfect for gelato:)

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37 Marie August 14, 2012

Me too, I’m right there with you on the “Mascarpone Addition”, it is one of the few cheeses I can eat, I could sip on a shot of Bailey’s after dinner.

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38 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 15, 2012

Both the irish cream and mascarpone are so delightfully creamy, I can see that they would make a wonderful gelato! :)

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39 Laura @ Family Spice August 15, 2012

What a great idea! Mascarpone cream is wonderful in so many things, why not ice cream? And anything with Bailey’s has GOT to be good!!!

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40 claire @ the realistic nutritionist August 15, 2012

wowwwwwww!!!! so funny story. whenever i see marscapone, i hear Giada DeLaurentis correcting people on how to say it. “no, it’s MARSCAPONEEEYYYEE”. hahah :)

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41 Liz August 15, 2012

This could be just the best gelato flavor ever…and I need to back track and check out your Irish cream brownies…mmmmmmm.

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42 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com August 15, 2012

Laura,

I love mascarpone cheese!! Love the use of baileys in this recipe. Send some my way :D

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43 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) August 17, 2012

You haven’t shared a gelato recipe that I haven’t wanted to try. That can be considered a double-negative, couldn’t it, but you know what I mean, LOL! I love, love mascarpone and I can only imagine how wonderful this is with the Irish Cream. Another winner, Laura. :)

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44 Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } August 18, 2012

So loving this ice cream recipe! Two of my favorite things all wrapped up in a nice package. Lovely photos!! Happy Saturday to you!

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45 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen August 18, 2012

I love that rich and creamy taste of mascarpone and it sounds wonderful with the Bailey’s.

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46 Magic of Spice August 23, 2012

Mascarpone is the goddess of cheeses! This sounds incredible and so wonderful for a summer treat… delectable!

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