SHF #21 – Ice Ice Baby – Pistachio Gelato

the delicious life is calling all cooks for a special summer edition of the SHF – Sugar High Friday, and of course I willingly oblige to anyone asking me to bring out that ice cream maker under the current hot weather conditions.

For this event I chose to recreate a childhood favorite of mine – Italian Pistachio Gelato. Nowadays, pistachio ice cream seems to be a synthetically green colored, artificially flavored smooth mass, but I remember the pale green of real Italian ice cream where pappa made all the varieties in his ice cream parlour himself… and the intense taste of real pistachios.

DSCF14314 pistachio gelato

Shrek-a-licious Ice Cream

Shrek would approve 🙂

You need: an ice cream maker – and a blender or food processor.


  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla syrup, such as DaVinci or Torani (or 3 tb of sugar, more to taste)
  • 250 ml (1 cup) milk
  • 250 ml double cream
  • 90 g (3 oz) pistachios, without shells
  • 1 tablespoon chopped blanched almonds

: this isn’t very sweet, I love my ice cream not that sweet – if you want sweeter ice cream, add more sugar or syrup.

On top of a hot water bath, stir egg yolks and syrup and milk to a thin custard. Meanwhile, soak the pistachio kernels in boiling water for a few minutes. Drain. Scoop out 1 or 2 tablespoons of the pistachios and set aside with the tablespoon of almonds.

In a blender, blend cream and remaining pistachios to a very fine greenish puree. The finer, the better. Add pistachio cream to the custard, cool in the refrigerator.

With a large knife, chop the pistachio and almond pieces coarsely.

When the ice cream base is cold, pour into your ice cream maker and proceed according to ice cream maker manual. A few minutes before the ice cream has the desired consistency, add the chopped nuts.

Serve in fancy dessert glasses and decorate to your liking 🙂

Now, where’s that spoon…

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3 Antworten

  1. Claudia sagt:

    Wow, wie lecker! Sollte mal meine Eismaschine wieder hervorkramen…

  2. Petra sagt:

    Hm herrlich! Ich liiieeebe Pistazieneis. Gleich vorgemerkt. Danke!

  3. sarah sagt:

    fabulous! and DEFINITELY shrekalicious! 😉

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