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Chocolate Pistachio Ice Cream

Chocolate Pistachio Ice Cream is perfect for a summertime French dessert fancy. The taste of chocolate blends well with pistachios, resulting in a smooth, delectable flavor.

Those with intermediate skills can easily prepare this since the recipe demands little in terms of culinary mastery. For a more tempting appearance, top your ice cream off with toppings like chopped nuts, marshmallows, or whipped cream, before serving them to your guests.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes



  • 1 cup half and half
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup blanched pistachios, shelled and chopped
  • 1 cup dark chocolate, thickly shaved with a vegetable peeler

In a small saucepan, heat half and half, sugar, and salt to simmering level. Pour a small amount of hot mixture into the egg yolks, stir, and then whisk the eggs back into the hot saucepan. Continue cooking, stirring constantly over low heat until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Cool the mixture to room temperature, and stir in the vanilla and cream. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Add the nuts and chocolate just before the ice cream begins to freeze.

Makes 8 servings.


View a beginners recipe for Chocolate Pistachio Ice Cream.

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