Pistachio Ice Cream
Recipe from Food & Wine

This exceptionally creamy ice cream relies on two unexpected ingredients: corn starch (to help thicken it) and cream cheese (to make it scoopable).

Pistachio Ice Cream
Frances Janisch

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Yield: 3-1/2 cups
Prep Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Related Categories: Desserts, Ice Cream, Seasonal, Summer
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  • 2   cups 
    whole milk
  • 1   tablespoon 
    plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/2  ounces 
    cream cheese, softened (3 tablespoons)
  • 1 1/4  cups 
    heavy cream
  • 2/3  cup 
  • 1 1/2  tablespoons 
    light corn syrup
  • 1/2  cup 
    toasted pistachios, very finely ground
  • 1/4  teaspoon 
    pure almond extract
  • 1/4  teaspoon 
    kosher salt
Fill a large bowl with ice water. In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the milk with the cornstarch. In another large bowl, whisk the cream cheese until smooth.
In a large saucepan, combine the remaining milk with the heavy cream, sugar, and corn syrup. Bring the milk mixture to a boil and cook over moderate heat until the sugar dissolves, about 4 minutes. Off the heat, gradually whisk in the cornstarch mixture. Return to a boil and cook over moderately high heat until the mixture is slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
Gradually whisk the hot milk mixture into the cream cheese until smooth. Whisk in the pistachios, almond extract, and salt. Set the bowl in the ice water bath and let stand, stirring occasionally, until cold, about 20 minutes.
Strain the ice cream base into an ice cream maker, pressing the pistachios with the back of a spoon to extract all the flavor, and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. Pack the ice cream into a plastic container.
Press a sheet of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the ice cream and close with an airtight lid. Freeze the pistachio ice cream until firm, about 4 hours.
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