Pistachio Gelato

Pistachio Gelato

We love pistachios! (And we know we're not alone.) And what might be better than raw pistachios? Pistachio gelato of course!

There are a ton of recipes out there for pistachio ice cream that require an ice cream maker. Not everyone has one of those so we wanted to share a recipe that didn't need a fancy ice cream machine. Though, it's pretty cool if you do have one. =)

Just follow the recipe below and you're well on your way to a pistachio treat that everyone will love!

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup unsalted shelled pistachios
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup shelled pistachios, chopped

How to make it:

  1. Finely grind 1 cup pistachios and 1/4 cup sugar in processor.
  2. Combine pistachio and sugar mixture with milk and almond extract in medium saucepan. Bring to boil.
  3. Whisk egg yolks (no egg whites) and 1/2 cup sugar in large bowl to blend. 
  4. Whisk milk mixture into yolk mixture gradually. Return mixture to saucepan.
  5. Stir mixture over medium heat until it thickens slightly. About 8 mins. Do not boil. 
  6. Remove from heat. Place into a sturdy freezer-safe pan. Place in freezer for 30 mins.
  7. Churn the mixture by hand using whisk or hand mixer every 30-45 minutes until the texture is similar to frozen yogurt. About 3 to 4 hours or 6 "churns." 
  8. Keep in freezer for another 30 minutes. 
  9. Sprinkle 1/3 cup chopped shelled pistachios on top of gelato and serve.