Maple Pistachio Ice Cream

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I have a few confessions to make…  Let’s call this ~ Me: “Before”

1.  I never win anything.
2.  I’m not a huge ice cream lover.

And now under the heading of “never say never”…  Let’s call this ~ Me: “After”
3.  I recently won a Cuisinart ice cream maker from my friend Elle over at  Elle’s New England Kitchen
 Isn’t she beautiful?   WOOT, thanks Elle!!!

4.  I have a new found love of all things ice cream!!!

Maple Pistachio Ice Cream Recipe

I was truly amazed at how fast, easy and fun making your own ice cream can be! If you don’t already have and ice cream maker, I highly suggest this one by Cuisinart! I can hardly wait to experiment with all sorts of flavor combinations.  Ben and Jerry, you’d better watch your back!

The first flavor I christened my machine with was one that will make your eyes roll back in your head and give a little groan of delight.  I give you now…

Yield – 2 quarts          Prep time: 10 minutes

1 1/3 cups whole milk, well chilled
1 1/8 cups granulated sugar
3 cups heavy cream, well chilled
1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons maple extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 cups shelled and roughly chopped pistachios

-In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl with a hand mixer), combine the milk and sugar until the sugar has dissolved (about 1 – 2 minutes). 
-Add the heavy cream and the vanilla and maple extracts. Blend.
-Add the salt and the chopped pistachios. Blend.
-Add the mixture into the pre-frozen bowl of your ice cream maker (follow your manufactures instructions), and allow the machine to work it’s magic for approximately 20-25 minutes.
-You now have a soft serve ice cream that is ready to serve, if desired.

-Transfer your soft serve ice cream into a freezer safe container and freeze for another few hours which will make your ice cream firmer and scoop-able.

Maple Pistachio Ice Cream Recipe

Oh baby!!!! This ice cream will change your life!  Well, maybe not, but it did make me a believer in all things frozen and creamy.  So wrong and yet so right!

Until we eat again,


  1. Congratulations Renee,
    I'm so happy on your win!
    Your first ice cream is the best "first ice cream" I've ever seen… The ingredients are best choice and the final texture: just perfect!
    Now, not only I wish I'd live closer to buy all your decorated glasses, but also I wish I'd live there to plunder your freezer.

    PS. I have an ice cream maker, but it takes at least 1h to have my ice cream made and it's so noisy that I have to prepare the ice cream in the cellar!!!
    You gave me the positive input: I'll take the dust off it and use before summer leaves.
    Just need to find out where to buy "maple extract" … I may try to use maple syrup instead of some sugar and see….

  2. Carola, I'm sure the substitution of maple syrup will be even better. I didn't have any on hand and while I was rummaging through my pantry I spied the maple extract. It was a whim that made me add it but I'm so glad I did!

  3. Renee! What a fabulous flavor combination! One I'd never have thought of, but now must try. It looks incredible! I'm so happy that you're happy with your ice cream maker. I'm thrilled!

  4. Me too Elle! Thanks!!!

  5. I want one too, congrats on your new ice cream maker. I love ice cream in ever flavor possible.

  6. How exciting for you to have won the Cusinart! Congratulations. I don't think you could have picked a better flavour to christen your new kitchen *toy* with.

  7. I never win anything, either. AND I love ice cream. Congratulations! This looks awesome.

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