This is the best ice cream I’ve ever made and quite possibly the best I’ve ever eaten. I know that’s a bold statement to make, but I mean it. Ice cream is my favorite dessert, so I take making such proclamations very seriously. Pistachio ice cream has been one of my favorite flavors since I was in middle school, back when Blue Bell was the standard by which I judged all ice creams.
Homemade pistachio ice cream has been on my radar since I first started making ice cream. I was under the (false) impression that I wouldn’t be able to make it because there was no way to infuse the cream mixture with enough pistachio flavor. I was seriously mistaken, and this ice cream is proof. I was so tempted by Talenti pistachio gelato (which I’ve never tried, but I have had other flavors of theirs that are insanely good) that I knew I had to figure out a way to make a homemade version happen. As luck would have it, a picture of pistachio ice cream showed up in my Pinterest feed around the same time. Plus, summer is still in full swing here, which means it’s still prime ice-cream making season. Serendipitous? Probably not. However, it was just the inspiration I needed to finally make homemade pistachio ice cream a reality.
This ice cream is luscious and rich and is basically the stuff ice cream dreams are made of. You’ll notice that it lacks the perfect green color of store-bought pistachio ice cream, and that’s because it also lacks green food coloring and instead gets its gorgeous, slightly yellow hue from roasted pistachios. The recipe called for shaved chocolate to be mixed in after churning, but I used my favorite ice cream technique (one I picked up from The Perfect Scoop) and drizzled melted chocolate into the ice cream just as it finished churning (stracciatella). The result is tiny flecks of chocolate dispersed throughout the ice cream, and it is magical. If you’ve ever been left chewing a chocolate chip long after you finished a bite of ice cream, this technique will blow your mind.
I don’t see this ice cream being topped for a long time, so I’m going to need some inspiration for recipes to follow this one. What are your favorite ice cream flavors?