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Monday, May 6, 2013

Roasted pistachio ice cream


I've been staring at the blank page for hours thinking of what to write ......

Eventhough I've been lurking from blog to blog looking for some inspiration for most of the afternoon , words still eludes me *sigh*

Don't mind the drama queen lol 

The 3 sentences above was written few days ago and I'm not kidding !

Below er only an hour prior to posting .......

This was so far , my most expensive ice cream - okay , not that much , but for 75 grams of shelled raw pistachio , it cost me HK $ 45. , nearly 6 US dollars .

So , the price of raw pistachio was worth it ?


Absolutely !

But that doesn't mean that you can't use salted pistachios that you can buy anywhere here .....

For HK $ 48. up per pound  , it's such a good deal and really great in making ice cream as you can see from my 2 previous pistachio ice cream posts .

I'm not really looking for some raw pistachios since I'm just quiet happy using the salted ones .....

But I saw some in one of the baking shops I frequently go to , and its beautiful green color , the reason I bought some ^____^ ''

 I used the wok to roast the raw pistachios for 5 minutes and even without any salt , the taste was fantastic !

Still , when I made this ice cream , I've added some salted pistachios because you just can't have too much of pistachio in this ice cream ! 

What about ...... I scream , you scream , we all scream for pistachio ice cream lol 


Recipe adapted from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home  or check original recipe @ Food & Wine

Makes about 1 quart 

2/3 cup shelled pistachios , a combination of raw and salted ( plus extra add-ins , if prefer )
2 1/4 cups whole milk 
1 tablespoon + 1 tsp tapioca starch 
42 grams cream cheese , softened
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup whipping cream 
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon light corn syrup 

* Using the wok , roast pistachio over medium heat for 5 minutes , stirring from time to time . Transfer to a food processor and processed until pistachios become a very smooth paste .

* Mix 2 tablespoons of the milk with the starch in a small bowl , to make a smooth slurry paste . 

* Whisk cream cheese , pistachio paste and salt together in a medium bowl until smooth .

* Prepare a large bowl with ice and water .

* In a medium-sized saucepan , combine the remaining milk , cream , sugar and corn syrup , bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat and boil for 4 minutes . Remove from heat and gradually whisk in the starch mixture . Bring mixture back to a boil over medium heat and cook stirring with a heat-proof spatula until slightly thickened , about a minute .

* Remove from heat and gradually whisk in the hot milk mixture into the cream cheese mixture until smooth . Pour mixture into a heatproof container and place over an ice bath to cool completely .

* Pour the ice cream base into the ice cream maker and churn for about 40 minutes or until thick and creamy . Pack ice cream into a freezer-proof container , layering it with some pistachios , if using . Press a parchment paper directly against the surface and freeze overnight . 

32 comments :

  1. What a very special ice cream Anne!!...never mind about the cost...at least you've enjoyed making it, made it, and most important of all..you deserve the treat!...but you really had me drooling...I think I deserve some too LOL!

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  2. Tell me about it Anne, I'm having the same problem trying to draft my post & most of the time I can't write a word; I mean sometimes I just don't feel like writting anything at all, my mind just blacked out. LOL Your pistachio ice -cream looks so yummy . Pistachios are quite pricey here too . Would love to try this recipe with roasted pistachio & I'm sure it's tastier than the store bought! At least we know that no coloring added! ;)

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    1. Kit , couple with my bout of laziness for taking photos , not really an ideal situation if you're blogging :P :D

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  3. The texture of your pistachio ice cream is fantastic!

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  4. Hi Anne,
    I can relate about "writers' block"!! LOL! Yeah, there are days that nothing comes to mind at all!
    Your pistachio ice cream looks absolutely delicious, no words needed, the pictures already are calling me!

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  5. Your ice cream is GORGEOUS! Just picture perfect, Anne! I'd definitely love a scoop...though I'd probably have to have seconds and thirds :)

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  6. Anne, I thought its only me who GOES BLANK when writing a post.But its always fun reading your introduction. You have a kind of humor to write. On the other note, this post does not need any introduction. Its really hot in here and I badly need this ice cream.

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    1. Bal , ha ! It always happens to me EVERYTIME *sigh* :D

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  7. Just the photos alone are good enough to entice me :) Love these shots, Anne. Beautiful and moody haha. Not a big fan of pistachio icebream but hubby is. Yes they cost a bomb but for love, I might try this one day LOL!

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    1. Esther , I'm not aiming for moody actually , I thought it looks quiet chirpy lol

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  8. Oh wow Anne, love your pistachio ice cream. Your posts makes me feel like getting an ice cream maker!

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  9. Pistachios are quite expensive here in Mumbai. Your creation looks perfect. Recipe looks easy too...!

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  10. I haven't tried pistachio ice cream before, omg! this so good, I'm having like instant craving right now.hehehe Thanks for sharing the recipe

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  11. Anne I love this Ice cream, I love the cream cheese in this!!

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  12. Hhaha, it's so true. Pistachios here are pretty pricey, but this looks totally worth it :)

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  13. Stumbled upon your beautiful space from another of my blogger friend. Ahh!!! awesome recipes and love all the visuals for such smacking outcomes.

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  14. Wow, your roasted pistachio ice cream looks delicious, creamy and beautiful color.
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you are having a lovely week Anne :)

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  15. That's really pricy, but looks definitely worth it.
    Gorgeous colour and I am very sure it tastes heavenly!

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  16. wooo! bring on ice cream season! wooo!! mmm i am definitely going to try this, pistachio is one of my FAVORITES!

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  17. p.s Does your ice cream maker requires overnight chilling in the freezer before using? I ask before mine needs to chill 18 hrs before using....but the problem is after pouring the ice cream into the maker, some ice cream freezes immediately and having a difficulty to churn.

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    1. Angie , my ice cream canister/insert is always in the freezer that is , until winter - you know , just in case I've got the urge to make a batch of ice cream :D

      What brand is your ice cream machine ? That's pretty fast for the ice cream base to freeze . I've read somewhere that Cuisinart machine takes about 20 minutes to churn the mixture . Mine usually takes about 25 to 45 minutes depending on how thick the mixture is before churning or how hot the weather . I'm using Moulinex , btw :)

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  18. You know what, we found best gelato in Italy is pistachio flavour and we have been ordering the same flavour every time we order gelato, hehehe..Thanks so much of sharing this recipe, I must make this soon. So from the pistachio photo, that one dark green at the right side is without shell and raw right?

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  19. Sonia , gahhhhhh ! Pistachio gelato in Italy *swoon* lol Yup , the dark green is raw .

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  20. Hi Anne, your ice cream look really superb and refreshing. Love pistachio... so make it 4 scoops for me, please! Love the colour, very nice.

    Have a great week ahead.

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    1. Amelia , you're just in time for the last scoop :D

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  21. I love adding pistachio to sweet treats both for color and taste and LOVE pistachio ice-cream! Now want a big scoop!

    Thanks for sharing and for the lovely comment left on my guest post (Dulce de leche bars) on Liz's blog

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  22. Wow. Looks great. Good idea for an ice cream. Thanks for the idea :)

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  23. Hi Anne! I am facing the same trouble, there are quite a few half bake posts waiting to be completed :( And yes, i will scream for that lovely pistachio ice-cream!!!!

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  24. i know! i know! sometimes it took me hours just to type that few little words on the post! eesh!! i'm screaming for your ice cream now! i got no problem with that having this after my breakfast :D

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  25. I wish I have an ice cream maker! My husband loves pistachio!

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  26. Well when you take photos, they turned out looking great! I love the color of the raw pistachio too! such a deep green!

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  27. Pistachio ice cream is my number 1 flavour in the whole world of ice cream, but the only time I made it for myself it was a total disaster. Maybe I should try again with your recipe and raw pistachios, as yours looks delicious :)

    Thanks for the recipe, it's time to duct off the ice cream maker ;)

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