Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pistachio Ice Cream

I've had a lovely bag of pistachios burning a hole in my cupboard for much too long. Sorry I've been missing in action in Ice Cream Land-- Cupcake Land has taken over my entire LIFE! Finally a day off and instead of lying around in bed... I got up for some Spring cleaning, which led me to open the cupboard and see my pal Pistachio Bag.

Must. Make. Ice Cream. I modified this ice cream between my David Leibovitz "Perfect Scoop" classic recipes and one I found on the Food Network made by Emeril Lagasse! The flavour is a nice combination of vanilla, almond extract and bits of pistachio... the lightest of green in color as well... Enjoy! :)

{Pistachio Ice Cream}

You will need:

3 cups heavy cream

3 egg yolks

1 cup shelled pistachios

3/4 white granulated sugar

1/2 tsp pure almond extract

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1. Blend half the sugar with the pistachios in a food processor until fine. Careful not to make pistachio butter.

2. Bring 2 cups heavy cream and the other half of the sugar to a low boil in a medium saucepan.

3. Slowly whisk in the heavy cream into the egg yolks.

4. Place back on stovetop, stir occasionally until custard coats the back of a wooden spoon (about 6 minutes on medium heat)

5. Slowly pour custard mixture into remaining 1 cup of heavy cream in medium bowl.

6. Mix in almond extract and vanilla extract, and pistachio/sugar combo.

7. Cover mixture with plastic wrap and chill for 60 minutes in freezer. Watch that it doesn't freeze mixture though!

8. Pour into ice cream maker and watch the pistachio nut magic unfold!!


cArLa said...

hope you enjoyed your day off... your cakes and cupcakes are always on my mind... i have to buy some eventually... really want your brown velours, and this delectable pistachio dream...

Anonymous said...

Looks like a successful Pistachio Ice Cream.I've have tried a couple of times to make Pistachio Ice cream but I could never really get a strong Pistachio flavor. I think I'm going to have to pony up pay for the exotic Pistachio Paste.

lyndsay said...

thanks carla!!

Bao, i hear ya on the not very super-pistachio flavour-- it tastes more like vanilla/almond with the bits of pistachio... ! i am going to look at how to make pistachio paste! :)

Gala said...

Pistachio ice cream is soooo on my to do list! Though I want to make it real pistachio-ey, with a load pureed pistachios!

LAURA!!! said...

oh. yum.!!!

jessjess said...

Can you make a pistachio paste? I've made sesame paste for sesame ice cream using sesame powder as the base, I imagine maybe it's not as different to make your own or is pistachio paste not at all the same?

But I love your blog and your (cup/)cakes, and wish I lived in Vancouver to partake! I made the cereal milk ice cream today and it was delish!

Juz said...

This looks absolutely delicious.
Can't wait to try it.
Thanks for sharing

lyndsay said...

thanks everyone!! jess, that's awesome that you made the cereal milk ice cream... i haven't had a chance to investigate pistachio paste...

sorry all for my lack of new ice cream posts. i am looking forward to making more ice creams this summer!!


connie said...

you are so amazing!!! i'm going to suscribe just so these lovely pictures show up on my feed.

lyndsay said...

aw thank you connie!! :)

Margaux said...

I made this ice cream last fall. It was delicious! I'm not a pistachio person, and I loved this ice cream. Great recipe!

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