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Mar 15, 2010 12:54 PM

Does anyone know how to make Lancusi?

I had lunch at a Bolognese restaurant in Milan last week and had a fabulous dessert called lancusi. I believe it is Sicilian. It is a frozen sorbet/gelato made from nuts and fruits and then put back into the "shell" of the original nut or fruit.

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  1. Just make sorbet with some cream. It originates from here However in the US, you can buy the same thing more or less from anywhere that carries the desserts from Bindi . Even Costco carries a box of it with different fruits for about $13, I forgot the brand. 'Twas delish! I think it's year round.

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    1. re: pumpkin donut

      Yes, Matteo Napoli is famous for his wild flavours (like fennel, pizza, and pasta e fagioli) and supplies restaurants with his gelato. The desserts you tried are called fruttini.
      From an interview with him, I found some tips on gelato making:
      - Don't use added fats, only fresh milk. (NOT CREAM)
      - Use only high quality fresh fruits and vegetables and natural flavors.
      - Use invert sugar.
      - Use only fresh lemon juice and baking soda (not HCL).

      If you can find Caio Bella in your local Whole Foods, they make a very excellent product.
      Hope this helps!