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Nutty Pistachio Ice Cream

Nutty Pistachio Ice CreamWhat's better than homemade vanilla ice cream? Homemade vanilla ice cream studded with pistachios!

Recipe Ingredients:

1 cup half-and-half
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 large egg yolks, beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup blanched, natural California pistachios, chopped
1 tablespoon finely grated orange peel

Cooking Directions:

  1. Heat half-and-half in saucepan; stir in sugar and salt.
  2. Pour a small amount of hot half-and-half into egg yolks, stirring constantly.
  3. Return yolk mixture to half-and-half; cook and stir over medium heat about 5 to 10 minutes or until thickened and creamy. Do not boil. Cool.
  4. Stir in vanilla and heavy cream. Chill.
  5. Pour into freezer container; follow manufacturer's directions for freezing. Add pistachios and orange peel when almost frozen; freeze until firm. Allow ice cream to stand at least 2 hours in refrigerator-freezer to mellow flavors.

Makes 1 1/4 quarts.

Blanching Process: Drop shelled nuts into boiling water, remove from heat and let them soak for about one minute. Drain and rub the pistachios with a clean kitchen towel. To dry, spread on a large baking sheet in an oven preheated to 300°F (150°C) for 10 to 15 minutes.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of the California Pistachio Commission.