We love this flavor in our Ice Cream Birthday Cake (listed under Desserts), or just scoop into your favorite cone.
2½ cups whole milk 1 whole vanilla bean, halved and seeds scraped ²∕³ cup granulated sugar, divided 2¼ cups chopped roasted, unsalted pistachios; shelled, divided 2 cups heavy cream pinch salt 6 large egg yolks ¼ teaspoon pure almond extract
Nutritional information per serving (based on ½ cup): Calories 341 (68% from fat) • carb. 21g • pro. 7g • fat 27g • sat. fat 14g • chol. 200mg • sod. 71mg • calc. 129mg • fiber 1g
In a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat, stir together the milk, vanilla bean (including the pod), half of the sugar and 1½ cups pistachios. Bring the mixture just to a boil. Remove from heat; let mixture steep for 1 to 2 hours. After steeping, add the cream and salt and gradually return the mixture just to a boil over medium-low heat. When the milk/pistachio/cream mixture is reheating, combine the yolks and remaining sugar in a medium bowl. Using a hand mixer on low speed or a whisk, beat until mixture is pale and thick. Once the milk/pistachio/cream mixture has come to a slight boil, whisk about ¹∕³ of the hot mixture into the yolk/sugar mixture. Add another ¹∕³ of the mixture, then return the combined mixture to the saucepan. Using a wooden spoon, stir the mixture constantly over the low heat until it thickens slightly and coats the back of the spoon. This mixture must NOT boil or the yolks will overcook – the process should only take a few minutes. Stir in the almond extract and pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer (discard the vanilla pods and pistachios); bring to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours, or overnight. Turn on the Cuisinart® ice cream maker; pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened, about 20 minutes. When the ice cream is almost done churning, add the remaining toasted pistachios through the opening at the top of the ice cream maker. The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.
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