Pistachio Gelato

Dessert, Frozen Desserts, Summer Recipes | 14 comments

I have always loved pistachios. They are my favorite nut (rivaled only by macadamias), but I have never really cooked or baked with them. I was happy enough to simply snack on them. All that changed when I spotted some Pistachio Gelato and Sunflower Farmer’s Market. Sure I’ve seen pistachio ice cream before, but this was the real deal. Ingredients: whole milk, pistachio paste, sugar. The end. No pistachio “flavoring.” And it was incredible! The whole family loved it and decided it was a must buy again treat.

The problem? I haven’t seen it since. Maybe it was the whole pistachio recall. Maybe they stopped carrying that flavor. I don’t know, but that set me in mission mode. My mission, should I chose to accept it – and I did, was to create my own creamy, smooth pistachio gelato at home.

Shelling all those pistachios was a bit labor intensive in a tedious sort of way. And also because I couldn’t help but eat 2 out of every 3 that I shelled. That said, it was a great task to keep little kid hands busy when they otherwise would be getting into trouble. Little kid hands that belong to Logan.

The flavor was great and was just what I was looking for. Rather than spend $20 plus shipping on pistachio paste, I tried to make my own. It wasn’t as silky smooth, but I didn’t mind the little bits of nuts in the gelato (though Logan didn’t quite appreciate the mixed textures).

Pistachio Gelato
adapted from David Lebovitz

  • 1 c shelled pistachios
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 3 c milk
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 Tbs cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest

Grind the pistachios in a food processor until fine, almost powder. Add 1/2 c sugar and continue to grind until it becomes smoother and holds together – play dough like consistency, though a bit more grainy.

Combine half of milk, 1/2 c sugar, and lemon zest in a medium saucepan. Whisk until smooth. Heat milk over medium heat. At almost boiling, whisk in the cornstarch. Continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes, until thickened. Turn off heat and add remaining milk and pistachio paste.

Chill in refrigerator, after which proceed with your ice cream maker according to manufacturer instructions.

Katie Goodman

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  • 1
    Chef_pete - April 29, 2009 @ 1:27 pm

    This is a great recipe, I always put a little rosewater in my nut ice-creams, it’s amazing how it brings out the flavour! Just a drop try it. You can follow my recipe updates on twitter Chef_pete


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    Maria - April 29, 2009 @ 1:31 pm

    I love gelato, it is so fun to make too! I think chocolate hazelnut is my favorite:)


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    Retro Housewife - April 29, 2009 @ 3:26 pm

    I think a vegan version of this may be in order this summer. Gelato, yum!


  • 4
    Dana - April 29, 2009 @ 5:04 pm

    Wow, that looks unbelievable. I’m going to file this away in my ‘must try’ folder.


  • 5
    Esi - April 29, 2009 @ 5:51 pm

    It looks great! May have to try after I finish my current gelato :)


  • 6
    Melissa @ For the Love of Health - April 29, 2009 @ 7:32 pm

    Looks so good! I absolutely love your photography!


  • 7
    Hayley - April 29, 2009 @ 8:59 pm

    This looks incredible. I’ve been on an ice cream kick lately, and have yet to tackle gelato. Thanks for sharing!


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    Penny People Designs - April 29, 2009 @ 9:41 pm

    I love, love, pistachio gelato! The little gelato store down the street from our old place made this, and it was my favourite. I’m saving this recipe, thank you!Lindsay


  • 9
    Carolyne - April 30, 2009 @ 1:47 am

    I love pistachios too and that ice cream looks fabulous!


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    Alisa@Foodista - April 30, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

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    Mixing Bowl Mama - April 30, 2009 @ 4:24 pm

    This looks great. I love pistachios and haven’t seen pistachio gelato before. Thank you sharing and I look forward to trying this.


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    this week for dinner - jane maynard - May 03, 2009 @ 5:30 am

    will totally have to try this- yum!!!


  • 13
    Justin - May 05, 2009 @ 10:01 pm

    i really love pistachio ice cream, so i’m sure I’d love this too. I can’t even explain why I like pistachio ice cream so much… ever since I was a kid.


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    Kevin - May 30, 2009 @ 5:07 pm

    Pistachios has quickly become one of my favorite nuts and a pistachio gelato sounds amazing!


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