Pistachio Ice Cream | Courtesy of Sweet Paul Magazine

Serves 4

4.6 oz pistachios, unsalted
1 cup whole milk
0.6 cup heavy cream
4 egg yolks
1⁄3cup sugar
1 tablespoon Amaretto liqueur


1. The Day Before: Slightly roast the pistachios in a pan.
2. Bring the milk and cream to boil.
3. Remove from heat and immediately add the pistachios.
4. Cool down and let the pistachios soak in the milk-cream mixture overnight in the fridge.
5. The Next Day: Remove the pistachios from the milk-cream mixture into a food processor and pulse on high speed until it turns into a smooth paste.
6. Bring the milk-cream mixture to boil.
7. Beat the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl with an electric hand mixer until thick and fluffy.
8. As soon as the milk and cream are boiling, pour onto the eggs, stirring constantly with a whisk.
9. Pour the custard mixture back into the casserole and cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until it thickens. It should be around 181°F.
10. Cool the cream down in a water bath with ice cubes.
11. Stir in the pistachio paste and turn the cream into ice cream in an ice cream machine.

A rich and indulgent ice cream full of pistachio flavor and texture. If you want a smoother ice cream, blend the pistachio paste even finer.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!