Everyone LOVED Phoren’s Apple Pie Gelato!!!! – Chef John, ICI
That was a message I received the other day from Italy. It seems the next class sampled our creations – and I should be delighted with the response. Everyone loved my flavor…except me. Yes, I’m too hard on myself (it’s a familial trait), but there wasn’t enough apple flavor and I didn’t like the texture (I kept some of the apple pieces chunky, like applesauce, in the final product). During this class, I’ve realized that I like the smooth texture of gelato – or definable bits surrounded by smooth (nut or chocolate chunks) – and not an unrefined or lumpy consistency. I’m pleased with my concept (who doesn’t like apple pie a la mode?) but not the final execution.
Ideally, I would like to try again – concentrating the flavor more and blending the hell out of the base before it’s frozen. Homework, I guess.