Pistachio Ice Cream

Pistachio is rightfully one of the most popular ice cream flavors.

Recipe courtesy of "The Illustrated Kitchen Bible: 1,000 Family Recipes from Around the World" by Victoria Blashford-Snell, copyright 2008. Used by permission of Dorling Kindersley Limited. All rights reserved.

Pistachio Ice Cream

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    1 1/4 cups whole milk few drops of green food coloring (optional)
    3 large egg yolks 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pistachios, plus more for garnish
    1/2 cups sugar 1 1/4 cups heavy cream, lightly whipped
    1/2 tsp pistachio or almond extract


    Prep: 55 min Total: More than 60 min
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    • 1

      Bring the milk to a simmer in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat. Beat the egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl until thick and pale. Whisk in the hot milk and then return to the saucepan. Cook the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly, until the custard thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon. (An instant-read thermometer will read 185°F/85°C.) Do not boil.

    • 2

      Strain through a wire sieve back into the bowl and stir in the extract and a few drops green food coloring, if using. Add the pistachios and let cool. Lightly whip the cream and fold into pistachio custard.

    • 3

      To freeze the ice cream by hand, pour the mixture into a freezer-proof container and freeze for at least 3-4 hours, until icy. Whisk well. Freeze for 2 hours more and whisk again. Cover and freeze until ready to use. To freeze ice cream in an ice cream machine, pour the mixture into the freezing compartment and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to a freezer proof-container, cover, and freeze until ready to use.

    • 4

      Scoop the ice cream into dessert glasses, sprinkle with chopped pistachios, and serve immediately.

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