A Day for Pistachio Ice Cream – Discover Gourmet

A Day for Pistachio Ice Cream

Feb 26, 2021 Special Holidays

Have you ever been able to eat just one pistachio? Me neither. Today is national pistachio day and what better way to celebrate a day dedicated to one specific food than with ice cream! This ice cream is a fun and easy treat to make and share with family or friends. With a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your house, you’ll be right on your way!




1 cup unsalted shelled pistachios

¾ cup sugar

2 cups full fat (whole) milk

½ tsp almond milk

4 large egg yolks

1 cup whipping cream

¾ cup unsalted shelled pistachios, toasted, and coarsely chopped (you can also chop them to your desired size)




  1. Finely grind 1 cup pistachios and 1/4 cup sugar in processor. Bring milk and ground pistachio mixture to boil in heavy large saucepan. Remove from heat. Mix in almond extract.
  2. Whisk egg yolks and remaining 1/2 cup sugar in medium bowl. Gradually whisk in hot milk mixture. Return custard to saucepan. Cook over low heat until custard thickens and leaves path on back of spoon when finger is drawn across, stirring constantly, about 10 minutes (do not boil). Strain into large bowl. Chill until cold, about 2 hours.
  3. Stir 1 cup whipping cream and chopped pistachios into custard. Process mixture in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to container and freeze. (Ice cream can be prepared 1-3 days ahead.)