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Friday, June 17, 2011

Pistachio Ice Cream and My First GIVEAWAY!!!

 
A couple weeks ago I was contacted by someone at Oh!Nuts to see if I would like to sample a few kinds of nuts and write about the recipes I came up with.  I was shocked and amazed!  I had read about people who were sent products, but never really thought I would get that lucky.  So I immediately responded with the kinds I would like (Pistachio’s, Hazelnuts, Almond Flour), and they arrived just a couple days later. Stay tuned for recipes involving the rest later.  


I picked Pistachio’s because they are my husband’s absolute favorite nut.  He was eating a couple and said he thought they might be his favorite single ingredient food!  So I had to make something that was really going to highlight the pistachio.  We decided on ice cream, and I am so glad we did.  My husband is too.  He said this might be the all time best ice cream he has ever had (and he has tried quite a few).    I had a hard time finding a recipe, there aren’t that many out there.  After reading a bunch of reviews I finally decided on this one.  

Pistachio Ice Cream
Adapted from BrownEyed Baker

1 ¼ cup shelled pistachio nuts
¾ cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
6 large egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp almond extract
½ cup pistachios, coarsely chopped

Grind the 1 ¼ cup pistachios in a food processor.  They should be finely ground, but not a paste. 

In a large saucepan heat the milk, sugar, and 1 cup of the cream.  Stir to dissolve the sugar.  Stir in the ground nuts.  Cover, remove from heat, and let sit for at least 30 minutes.  


Strain the warm nuts mixture, pressing the nuts to remove as much liquid as possible. Throw away the nuts.   Put the liquid back in the saucepan.   In a separate bowl pour the remaining 1 cup of heavy cream.  Cover this bowl with a strainer.  Set this aside for later.   In another bowl whisk together the egg yolds.  Slowly pour the warm milk mixture into the egg yolks, stirring constantly.  Then pour back into the saucepan. 

Stir constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula.  You will want to make sure you scrape the bottom when you are stirring.  Pour the custard through the strainer and into the cream.  Add the vanilla and almond extract.  Stir to combine.  


Refrigerate until cold.  Pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the directions.  One finished churning, fold in the ½ cup pistachios.  Store in air tight container in freezer. 


 
Now the Giveaway!!
Oh! Nuts agreed to give 1 lucky reader 2 bags of their own nuts/dried fruit. 
What do you need to do?
Go to Oh! Nuts.  Have a look around, they have lots of great stuff.  Come back here and leave a comment telling me what 2 products you would like to have shipped to you, if you win. 

Additional entries:  (leave a separate comment for each)
1.        Follow my blog (Google Friend Connect, or email)
2.        Like my Facebook Page
3.        Re-post this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, wherever!  Spread the word, tell your friends.    Everytime you repost or retweet, let me know!

The drawing will close on June 28 at midnight (central time).  Random.org will pick a winner.  Please make sure your email address is correct, so I can contact you if you win.  I will then need to know your street address, so the nuts can be shipped.  Opened to U.S Residents only, sorry!

So excited to have my first giveaway!  Good luck!

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60 Comments:

At June 17, 2011 at 4:25 AM , Anonymous Jill@madaboutmacarons said...

What is it with pistachios and men loving them so much? And making them into ice-cream is certainly a key to his heart! This looks so full of flavour and adore the perfect pistachio colour. I'm following you on FB, btw.

 
At June 17, 2011 at 6:09 AM , Blogger Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

Our family LOVES pistachio ice cream - your recipe sounds SO delicious. Great give away - I signed up to follow you a couple of days ago - really enjoy your blog!
Mary

 
At June 17, 2011 at 6:44 AM , Blogger PFx said...

I don't know what's with you this week. You seem to read my cravings/dreams? First it was the honey oat bon appetite, then the chocolate milky way, and now pistachio ice cream. It's like a parallel mind. I'm looking forward to your future posts putting my cravings in to perspective. Hahaha

 
At June 17, 2011 at 6:50 AM , Anonymous claudia lamascolo said...

Erin this is my favorite ice cream, I always top it with hot fudge and a shot of amaretto lol! I would love to win some pistachio's and try this ice cream, always follow you.. but will tweet away as well! thanks for the opportunity!

 
At June 17, 2011 at 8:15 AM , Anonymous Chris and Amy said...

We love pistachios, and this ice cream sounds wonderful! So taht's our first choice, then maybe a bag of mixed nuts just to snack on.

 
At June 17, 2011 at 8:16 AM , OpenID sugarfooteats.com said...

I would go with the almond flour and pine nuts!

 
At June 17, 2011 at 8:17 AM , OpenID sugarfooteats.com said...

And I've already liked your FB page. :)

 
At June 17, 2011 at 9:04 AM , Blogger Time4Mommy said...

Oh they have so much!! I love their coffee and dried dates.

time4mommy@gmail.com

 
At June 17, 2011 at 9:04 AM , Blogger Time4Mommy said...

I follow you on GFC @ Mandie Stevens

time4mommy@gmail.com

 
At June 17, 2011 at 9:05 AM , Blogger Time4Mommy said...

I 'like' you on FB @ Mandie Stevens
time4mommy@gmail.com

 
At June 17, 2011 at 9:06 AM , Blogger Time4Mommy said...

I posted on FB & Tweeted but I do with all of your posts so IDK if that counts lol

time4mommy@gmail.com

 
At June 17, 2011 at 12:24 PM , Blogger camie said...

If I win I'd love the roasted salted macadamia nuts and dried mango!

 
At June 17, 2011 at 2:32 PM , Blogger Eftychia said...

This is an ice cream I will try for sure! I am sure my family will love this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

 
At June 17, 2011 at 3:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I win, I would love to receive the macadamia nuts and the dried strawberries. YUM!

Cindy
cindyskitchen@yahoo.com

 
At June 17, 2011 at 3:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I follow your blog via email.

Cindy
cindyskitchen@yahoo.com

 
At June 17, 2011 at 3:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like you on Facebook.

Cindy
cindyskitchen@yahoo.com

 
At June 17, 2011 at 3:28 PM , OpenID thefooddoctor said...

Yay! congrats on your first giveaway!
and that icecream looks AMAZING

 
At June 17, 2011 at 3:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tweeted about this giveaway on Twitter.

Cindy
cindyskitchen@yahoo.com

 
At June 17, 2011 at 3:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I post about this giveaway on Facebook.

Cindy
cindyskitchen@yahoo.com

 
At June 17, 2011 at 6:46 PM , Blogger Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

Great giveaway Erin! The ice cream looks wonderful! I would like to have the plain pistachios or the wasabi peas from Oh Nuts!

 
At June 17, 2011 at 6:46 PM , Blogger Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

I follow you via Friend COnnect.

 
At June 17, 2011 at 6:46 PM , Blogger Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

I follow you via Facebook.

 
At June 17, 2011 at 6:47 PM , Blogger Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

I spread the word on Facebook!

 
At June 17, 2011 at 6:49 PM , Blogger Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

And I tweeted!

 
At June 17, 2011 at 6:55 PM , Blogger Ann said...

Ice Cream looks delicious - who doesn't love pistachios!

 
At June 17, 2011 at 7:14 PM , Anonymous Tiffany said...

This ice cream looks amazing! And congrats on being sent free food! One of the great perks of being a food blogger, no? :D

 
At June 17, 2011 at 7:23 PM , Blogger Lizzy said...

Congrats on your first give away! Your ice cream looks delish...and I can't wait to see what marvelous things you make with the rest of your loot!

 
At June 17, 2011 at 7:26 PM , Blogger Lizzy said...

I'd like cashews and macadamia nuts~

 
At June 17, 2011 at 7:26 PM , Blogger Lizzy said...

I shared your facebook post about your giveaway :)

 
At June 17, 2011 at 7:56 PM , Blogger Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

The pistachio ice cream looks great! I'd love to win the pine nuts and the dried cherries!

 
At June 18, 2011 at 4:29 AM , Blogger Carole said...

Your ice cream looks delish! You may want to pick up David Lebovitz's book, The Perfect Scoop. It's packed with ice cream recipes, including an apricot-pistachio one.

I'd choose dry roasted unsalted almonds and jumbo raw Georgia pecans.

Thanks for the fun giveaway.

 
At June 18, 2011 at 4:30 AM , Blogger Carole said...

New follower via GFC. I'm here because of Lizzy's FB post. :-)

 
At June 18, 2011 at 4:53 AM , Blogger Carole said...

Tweeted your giveaway: http://twitter.com/cspod/statuses/82022750805442561

cspod21 AT gmail DOT com

 
At June 18, 2011 at 7:39 AM , Anonymous Carolyn said...

I LOVE Oh! Nuts. They sent me a few items a while back and their almond flour is phenomenal. I guess if i were to win this giveaway, I'd want some more of that or their premium cashews!
PS - fantastic ice cream!!!

 
At June 18, 2011 at 3:37 PM , Blogger throuthehaze said...

Dried Bing Cherries and Angelino Red Dried Plums
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

 
At June 18, 2011 at 3:37 PM , Blogger throuthehaze said...

Like you on Facebook-Rae Pavey
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

 
At June 18, 2011 at 6:57 PM , Anonymous Anne said...

I LOVE pistachio anything. But especially ice cream. This looks delish! : )

 
At June 18, 2011 at 10:02 PM , Anonymous Rachel said...

I'd love to try the Oriental Rice Cracker Mix & some Roasted Salted Israeli Jumbo Pumpkin Seeds.

 
At June 18, 2011 at 10:03 PM , Anonymous Rachel said...

I liked you on FB.

 
At June 18, 2011 at 10:06 PM , Anonymous Kate@Diethood said...

I, too, LOOOOVE pistachios. In fact, I just had a handful. :) But the ice cream sounds waaaay better!!

I'll take cashews and pistachios, please. :)

 
At June 19, 2011 at 1:40 PM , Anonymous Emily @ Life on Food said...

I love pistachos. Your ice cream looks delicious!

I would pick the almond flour. I have been wanting to try that for the longest time.

 
At June 19, 2011 at 5:09 PM , Anonymous Baking Serendipity said...

I love pistachios too (seems to be a total trend here)! Your ice cream looks fantastic! I know my husband and I would each love a bowl of this to dig into :)

 
At June 19, 2011 at 6:15 PM , Blogger Kim Bee said...

I adore anything with pistachios in it. I must eat a bowl of them a day. Hope you don't mind if I bookmark this one to make later this week. If all goes well I should be picking up my first ice cream maker this week. Far too excited! lol

 
At June 20, 2011 at 6:36 PM , Anonymous Happy When Not Hungry said...

I would love the dried kiwi and dried strawberries... yum!

 
At June 22, 2011 at 8:14 PM , Blogger Dee said...

Hi Erin! My hubby and daughter absolutely love pistachios! I can't believe I didn't already follow you on google friend connect but I am now! I am reposting this on facebook and twitter :)

 
At June 22, 2011 at 8:36 PM , Anonymous Lindsey@Lindselicious said...

I would want the fruit and nut tray and a bag of the almond flour! That ice cream looks so good! Your husband is a lucky guy!

 
At June 22, 2011 at 8:37 PM , Anonymous Lindsey@Lindselicious said...

I follow you on twitter!

 
At June 22, 2011 at 8:37 PM , Anonymous Lindsey@Lindselicious said...

And I've liked you on FB! (Lindselicious!)

 
At June 23, 2011 at 2:42 PM , Anonymous RavieNomNoms said...

I am loving this ice cream!! I am such a "nut" for pistachios!

 
At June 24, 2011 at 3:50 PM , Blogger Sheskis said...

What a great site Oh Nuts is! Almonds, my absolute always fave and Pumpkin Seeds-so hard to find in stores. Five kinds! Who knew there was more than 1?

 
At June 24, 2011 at 3:54 PM , Blogger Sheskis said...

Following on Blogspot http://sheskis.blogspot.com/

 
At June 24, 2011 at 3:55 PM , Blogger Sheskis said...

Tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/Sheskis

 
At June 28, 2011 at 7:07 PM , Blogger Ashley T said...

If I had to pick 2, I'd pick pecans and some trail mix. Yum!

clarinet0921@live.com

 
At June 28, 2011 at 7:08 PM , Blogger Ashley T said...

I "liked" your FB page (Ashley C Thompson)

clarinet0921(at)live(dot)com

 
At June 28, 2011 at 7:09 PM , Blogger Ashley T said...

I follow you through GFC.

clarinet0921(at)live(dot)com

 
At June 28, 2011 at 7:27 PM , Blogger Parsley Sage said...

Bulk Cashews and Chocolate Raspberry Coffee Beans for me, please! Awesome giveaway and even better ice cream. Sounds like you made yourself a VERY happy hubby :)

 
At June 28, 2011 at 9:33 PM , Anonymous SandyN said...

I would love the raw macadamia nuts and the dried bananas!

 
At June 28, 2011 at 9:33 PM , Anonymous SandyN said...

I follow you on facebook.

 
At June 29, 2011 at 5:08 AM , Anonymous Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

My dad loves pistachio ice cream, I must share this recipe with him! I'd want the caramelized almond and cashew clusters!

 
At August 27, 2011 at 5:03 AM , Blogger Carolyn said...

Did I ever ask you if I could use this in my ice cream round up? I can't remember! If you want me to, email me at carketch29 (at) yahoo (dot) com.

 

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