Friday, February 15, 2013

Pistachio, White Chocolate Chip Banana Ice Cream

I love making Valentine's Day treats but enough already with the red and pink. Here's some bright yellow to break things up a bit.

In yet another of what seem to be endless attempts to use up egg yolks from my ever increasing macaron making, here is some really good banana ice cream. It's better than I deserve it to be because of the not very well thought out last ditch attempt to use up those yolks.

I hope to get points for adding in some bright green pistachios and lovely Ghirardelli sweet white chocolate chips.

I used banana extract and added a wee smidge of yellow food coloring because the mixture was looking slightly boring until I did.

This ice cream was perfect and I ate all most of it myself, not even willing to share it with my chunky monkey lovin' hubby. Bad wifey.

Pistachio, White Chocolate Chip,
 Banana Ice Cream

  • 1& 1/2 cups cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon banana extract
  • 1 dab of yellow paste food coloring (optional)
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 cup unsalted shelled pistachios chopped
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • Whisk together egg yolks in a heat safe bowl and set aside.
  • Place cream, milk, sugar and extract in a heavy bottomed sauce pan and heat until sugar dissolves and mixture is just about to boil.
  • Add food coloring if desired.
  • Remove the mixture from heat and slowly pour it into the egg yolks whisking constantly, tempering the yolks..
  • Scrape the tempered mixture back into the sauce pan, stirring with a wooden spoon over medium heat until the custard thickens a bit and covers the back of the spoon.
  • Strain back into the hetat safe bowl cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 3 hours or preferably overnight.
  • Place mixture into an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer's directions.
  • When the ice cream has reached soft serve consistency, mix in the pistachios and white chocolate chips.
  • Place in a freezer safe container and place back in the freezer for at least an hour until the ice cream hardens enough to scoop.


  1. This sounds like a totally delicious combination!

  2. I went to an italian restaurant called Il Mulino last night in the West Village. They served dessert with the best whipped cream I have ever had when I asked what was in it she said the secret ingredient was egg yolks. Why do egg yolks make things taste soo good?!?!

  3. I love banana ice cream. I love pistachio ice cream. I have never ever thought of putting them together. That's why I read your blog! Yay for new ideas. :-)

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Enough already with the red and pink! That was funny. This is a nice change.

  5. Even though it's cold out..I will take this ice cream over any dessert! White chocolate, banana and pistachio? Like I always say, you're so creative and I am truly lusting for a bowl of this! That said, I'm with you on the red and pink. I was never much of a pink person, outside of a fresh raspberry buttercream I made, but that buttercream turned out HOT pink..totally on another level, in my opinion LOL (my prom dress was hot pink, seriously!)

  6. i love pistachios and white chocolate together! i don't make nearly enough items containing pistachios--they really are quite wonderful. this is a great ice cream flavor!

  7. I love pistachios...and this icecream looks so tempting. I wish i cud have some right away:). Great combination of flavors.

  8. You get lots of extra points for adding the white chocolate chips and the pistachios :)


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