The secret to making outstanding pistachio gelato is to make homemade pistachio paste. Learn how to make your own and churn an amazing frozen treat.
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I’m in a celebrating mood: I just published my latest Skillshare video class! The class is titled How to Make Gelato: Tips and Recipes to Make the Delightful Italian Frozen Treat–and believe me, the entire 26 minutes are drool-worthy.
This pistachio gelato is one of the recipes I make in the class, and it’s probably the recipe I was most excited to share. I know pistachio gelato is one of the most popular gelato flavors, but unfortunately, it is also the most counterfeited ones. The reason is simple: pistachio nuts are so darn expensive! Many gelato makers take shortcuts and use artificial pistachio flavorings instead of the real thing. But when you’ve tasted authentic pistachio gelato, you can really tell the difference. I still dream of the one I had in Sicily last year!
Sicilian pistachio gelato–served in a brioche…!–at I Dolci di Nonna Vicenza, in Catania, Sicily.
The key to making outstanding pistachio gelato is, in my opinion, in making your own pistachio paste. Not only will you save on buying the store-bought variety, but you’ll fully control the quality of the nuts you use–and of the gelato you churn.
This recipe provides instructions to make pistachio paste and explains how to use it to make gelato. For a video demonstration of this recipe, make sure to check out Lesson 7 of my How to Make Gelato class.
If you’ve never made gelato, I invite you to read my detailed how-to post about the process. You can also watch my video class: How to Make Gelato: Tips and Recipes to Make the Delightful Italian Frozen Treat. In it, you’ll find out what makes gelato different from ice cream, how to make a versatile gelato base you can turn into a variety of flavors, and all my secrets and tips to churn and serve outstanding gelato. I even share how to make dairy-free vegan gelato! In short, it’s a very thorough, colorful class that will quickly turn you into a gelato master. Watch Now!
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