Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Green Goodness

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! And if you're in Massachusetts, Happy Evacuation Day!

I'm sharing a recipe today that, while may not be traditional Irish fare, is green :) My parents came to visit this past weekend, and I attempted to recreate the pistachio ice cream we had on vacation in Arizona. It may not have been spot-on, but it was still delicious!

Pistachio Gelato


Pistachio Gelato
Recipe by Shannon

Yield: ~2c

I'm calling it a gelato because it lacks the traditional custard base with heavy cream and eggs, but it's essentially a coconut milk ice cream. Cornstarch is used to thicken it a bit, and the coconut milk imparts a silky mouth feel. I left the texture from the ground pistachios, but feel free to strain it with cheesecloth before churning if you prefer a smoother texture.

150g shelled pistachios
65g turbinado sugar
1T milk (non-dairy if desired, or more coconut milk)
1 can coconut milk (I used light)
1/3c milk (non-dairy if desired, or more coconut milk)
2T cornstarch
1-2T honey

Combine pistachios and sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to a fine powder. Add in a little milk so it becomes a paste (I just eye-balled 1T). Transfer pistachio paste to a small saucepan with coconut milk. Heat over low heat until the paste "dissolves" (to a smooth liquid). Whisk starch and 1/3c milk until dissolved. Add milk/starch mixture to coconut milk/pistachio mixture and continue to cook over med-low heat until the mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat and let cool a little bit. Transfer to a blender (I just used my stick blender) and add 1T honey. Blend, taste, and add more honey if desired. Refrigerate until cool (few hours or more), then churn according to the directions on your ice cream maker!

*Edited to add: I adjusted the recipe, as after Elina's question, I found this website detailing the strengths/weakness of different thickeners and wouldn't recommend using arrowroot if you're using dairy milk.

24 comments:

balancejoyanddelicias said...

genius idea of using pictacho in ice cream. I've never seen/thought about that before! :)

brandi said...

that sounds great with the coconut milk. yum.

Lauren said...

Looks delicious! I've actually never had pistachio ice cream, but this recipe sounds like a great one to start with :).

Jess said...

Do ice creams made with coconut milk taste like coconut? Great job in the 5K, by the way.

Joanne said...

I love that you used coconut milk in here! It must have paired beautifully with the pistachio.

Christina said...

This sounds great with the coconut milk!

Kerstin said...

I love that you used coconut milk - it sounds SOO good and I love the color! Happy St. Patty's Day!

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

Wow that looks so so good! and the colour - GORGEOUS!

Elina said...

Yay for green AND TODAY'S GORGEOUS WEATHER to celebrate St. Patty's day. ;)
Quick question: is there a difference between corn starch and arrowroot powder? Can you just use them interchangeably?

Esi said...

I love pistachio almost anything. Sounds great! Happy St. Patrick's day!!

dawn said...

about time the sun came out! what a day.
have you ever tried making an avocado ice cream?

Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said...

I LOVE that recipe. Whenever the hubs and I go get fro-yo (okay like 6 times a weekend!! haha) I ALWAYS get pistachio! YUM!

Kelly said...

wow that looks delicious- though, green + ice cream and I am on board haha.
Evacuation day makes me laugh- I think it might be made up in order to get St. Patrick's Day off. But maybe I'm just bitter because I teach outside Boston and had to go to work today haha

Ricki said...

Well, if you're going to eat green, gelato is certainly the way to go! And I love pistachios :)

Erica said...

Pistachio ice cream? Sounds yummy! I love when pistachios are used in sweets vs. the traditional almonds or walnuts. Great treat. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you! And I hope you enjoy yourself this weekend!!

♥peachkins♥ said...

I love gelato and its perfect now that summer is here!

Maria said...

I had pistachio gelato in Italy and fell in love. I will have to try your recipe!

Hannah said...

Oh, pistachio ice cream is one of my favorites! I'm loving the sound of this recipe, it doesn't even need veganizing!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

I love pistachio ice cream - how yummy with coconut milk!

5 Star Foodie said...

Yum! This pistachio frozen treat is excellent! I like the coconut milk here!

Kelly said...

Yum. That would be great any day but it is even better since it is so holiday appropriate.

moretolifethanlettuce said...

i'm not in MA but i wish i was, i love boston and have so much family there!

MichellePC said...

Ohhhh, yum! I love pistachio ice cream, but I always prefer gelato! The result looks so creamy (and green), too. ;)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

what an amazing use of pistachios! Way to go and yes, that AZ vacay was a good one :)

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