Frozen Desserts

Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream Pie

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Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream Pie went down in the Lemon & Mocha kitchen and it was as amazing as it sounds (and looks)! When I was brainstorming what desserts I wanted to share for Thanksgiving I knew I was going to make the Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle, but I wasn’t sure about my second dessert. Usually for Thanksgiving everyone immediately thinks of pie and my pie-loving husband has converted me into a pie fan over the years. I don’t like to share recipes on Lemon & Mocha that I’m not 100% satisfied with and while I have made a bunch of really great tasting pies, I wouldn’t say I’ve perfected them yet. However, there is one type of pie I have perfected, if I say so myself, and that is ice cream pie.

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I have made many, many ice cream pies over the years and I’ve shared a few on here as well, although not nearly enough! I’ll work that into the schedule for 2019. Graham crust, cookie crust, ganache-topped, candy filled, cake filled – you name it, I’ve whipped it up. I may have even eaten a slice or two. Clearly I’m kidding, many, many slices have been consumed, all in the pursuit of perfection though.

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This Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream Pie is a nice break from the traditional Thanksgiving dessert table and the big bonus is that it’s so easy. Like so easy I even waited until the week of Thanksgiving to share it because you barely need any time to put it together. Although it is quick to make, it does require at least eight hours of freezing time so definitely read the instructions all the way through and plan accordingly.

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The base of this ice cream pie is a regular graham base with some cinnamon and ground ginger mixed in for that warm spiced holiday feel. Then we have pumpkin ice cream. You could certainly make your own and if you need a recipe I have had great success with all of David Lebovitz’s recipes from The Perfect Scoop. I had just come back from my vacation last week so I went the easy store-bought route, especially since so many brands have delicious-sounding pumpkin flavors right now. I bought the Talenti pumpkin gelato; it was really creamy, packed with rich pumpkin flavor and even had pie pieces in it – bonus!

Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream Pie  |  Lemon & Mocha

On top with have whipped cream and homemade sugared pecans. These pecans are tossed in egg whites and pumpkin pie spices then baked. They are so addictive, especially when they’re warm, so it was really difficult saving them for this pie! I find that ice cream tends to be a universal crowd pleaser and I know from experience there’s a lot of ice cream crazed families out there so this is the perfect Thanksgiving dessert. Although I highly recommend pumpkin ice cream you could certainly substitute a different ice cream flavor of your choice, just don’t skip those candied pecans! Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream Pie
 
Yield: 8-10 servings
Ingredients
for the pie
  • 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 quart pumpkin ice cream or gelato
  • 2 cups whipped topping, such as Cool Whip (see note)
for the pecan topping
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces pecan halves
Directions
for the pie
  1. You have two pan options here. The first is a spring form pan lined with plastic wrap. Sometimes I like doing it this way so it’s easy to pop it out and put the pie on a cutting board for a nice even cut or onto a platter. The second option is to make the pie directly in a glass pie pan. If you’re doing option two (directly in the pie pan) and want a firmer crust bake the graham crust at 350 degrees F for 5 minutes then let cool completely before adding the ice cream.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, the granulated sugar, the ground ginger and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon. Pour into the prepared pie dish and press down with your fingers or the bottom of a measuring cup to make an even crust layer, going slightly up the sides of the pie dish. Don't go too high up or the crust on the bottom won't be thick enough. Put in the fridge for 2 hours or the freezer for 1 hour before the next step.
  3. Scoop the pumpkin ice cream or gelato into the graham crust. If you want to make the ice cream easier to spread, beat it with a stand mixer for a minute. Spread the ice cream into an even layer then let set in the freezer for 8 hours or overnight.
  4. Combine the whipped topping with the remaining 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Spread on the firm ice cream pie. When you’re ready to serve, top with the pecan topping.
for the pecan topping
  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon and cloves.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the egg white and vanilla until frothy. Add the pecan halves then toss to coat. Add the sugar mixture and combine to coat. Place on the prepared baking sheet and spread out the pecans. Bake for 1 hour, tossing the pecans on the pan about every 15 minutes. Let cool before placing on top of the pie when ready to serve.
Notes
If you want to use homemade whipped cream, follow these instructions. In a cold metal bowl of a stand mixer or in a large cold metal mixing bowl with a hand mixer, use cold beaters to beat 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream, 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar and the remaining teaspoon of cinnamon until stiff peaks form. Do not top put on the ice cream pie until you’re ready to serve it. You can make the whipped cream a day or two ahead, just store it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve then lightly beat with a whisk before topping the pie.

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Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae Ice Cream Pie

Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae Ice Cream Pie  |  Lemon & Mocha

Happy Friday, friends! It is the last day of my self-proclaimed ice cream week and I have an epic grand finale for you. Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae Ice Cream Pie! I’ve turned the classic dessert into an ice cream pie because everyone needs more ice cream pie in their lives. Especially during the summer time. I love making ice cream pies year round though; it is my go-to dessert to make for someone’s birthday or any type of celebration. Usually my ice cream pies have four major components: cookie or graham base, ice cream, some sort of decadent topping and whipped cream. Well, five components if you include the cherries, candy or other goodies that get sprinkled on top.

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This pie uses Monday’s Chocolate Brownie Walnut Ice Cream in an unbelievable way. Or a criminal way, as my Dad said when he tried it. As in, “that ice cream pie was criminal – it should be outlawed!” Direct quote right there. The first layer of this pie is your standard no-bake Oreo crust. On top of the crust we have a layer of hot fudge, since we are trying to replicate the hot fudge brownie sundae after all. I was making so many other components of this pie that I went with store bought hot fudge, but you could definitely make your own if you have a go-to recipe. I don’t have a hot fudge recipe on Lemon & Mocha, but I’m adding it to my list to test for you all!

Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae Ice Cream Pie  |  Lemon & Mocha

Next we have the Chocolate Brownie Walnut Ice Cream. I debated whether I wanted to have an entire brownie layer or to put the brownie chunks in the ice cream, but I went with the latter. There’s just the right amount of brownie chunks and walnuts that you get some in every bite, adding the perfect fudgy and crunchy texture.

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I used a chocolate ice cream base because more chocolate makes everything better, but you could certainly use vanilla ice cream before folding in the brownies and walnuts. Simply follow my Vanilla Bean Ice Cream recipe up until the step where you’re about to put it in the ice cream maker, then follow the Chocolate Brownie Walnut Ice Cream recipe for brownie and walnut mix-in directions. Or, if you’re using the shortcut version I talked about in Monday’s post you would just mix the brownies and walnuts into your favorite store-bought vanilla ice cream. Finally, pile on the quick homemade whipped cream followed by plenty of cherries.

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Obviously I love eating ice cream pies because I’m ice cream obsessed, but the reason I love making them is because of the flexibility of the components. Feeling ambitious and like you want to show-off? Go full-on homemade with everything. Short on time? Pick up everything you need at the store. I usually fall somewhere in between. I like to have one or two components I can impress with and then take shortcuts on the rest to save time.

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I can’t wait for you all to try this Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae Pie soon since it is so crazy criminally delicious. I have been trying to eat really well, but I could not avoid this one when it was sitting in the freezer! So be sure to make it soon, especially if you feel like living dangerously! Ha!

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Brownie Fudge Sundae Ice Cream Pie
 
Yield: 8-12 servings
Ingredients
  • 24 Oreo cookies
  • 5 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup hot fudge
  • 1 batch chocolate brownie walnut ice cream
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Cherries, for topping
Directions
  1. Line a pie dish or a springform pan with plastic wrap. Make sure plastic wrap is hanging over the sides. When the pie is done you will want to remove it from the pan so you can get a clean cut. If you don’t care about getting a clean cut, you can make the pie directly in the pie dish without any plastic wrap, but it will be hard to get out the first piece or two.
  2. Crush the Oreo cookies (filling and all) in a food processor or in a plastic bag with a rolling pin until they resemble fine crumbs. Add the melted butter, sugar and salt then pulse in the food processor until combined or stir together until combined in a mixing bowl. Press the cookie crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared pie dish and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  3. Heat the hot fudge if it’s not pourable. Pour the hot fudge into the bottom of the chilled Oreo crust and put in the freezer until chilled.
  4. If you are using homemade ice cream, you can pour the ice cream straight from the ice cream machine into the chilled hot fudge Oreo crust. If you are using semi-homemade ice cream (see note), pour the softened ice cream with the walnuts and brownie pieces mixed in right into the chilled hot fudge Oreo crust. Lightly cover and freeze until firm, about 6-8 hours.
  5. Place the metal stand mixer bowl or a metal mixing bowl and the metal beater of your stand mixer or the metal beaters of your hand mixer in the freezer to chill for at least 15 minutes. Pour the cold heavy cream and the sugar into the chilled bowl then beat until you see stiff peaks form. Spread the whipped cream over the top of the ice cream pie. Top with the cherries before serving.
Notes
The pie will be best if you add the fresh whipped cream right before serving. Fresh whipped cream will also be okay in the fridge for a few hours so you could make the whipped cream and keep it in the fridge until you are ready to top and serve the pie. If you do freeze the pie with the whipped cream (we did this with the leftover pie) it will still be good, but it won’t be a light whipped cream topping; it will be frozen.
If you would prefer to use store-bought whipped topping, you will need 2 cups.

Get the Brownie Walnut Ice Cream recipe here.

Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Cones

Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Cones  |  Lemon & Mocha

July is National Ice Cream Month so I’m posting ice cream related recipes all this week! I would have posted ice cream recipes all month long, but you got to have balance, right? Also, my freezer is only so big so there’s that. Did you check out the outrageous dipped cones I had in Monday’s Chocolate Brownie Walnut Ice Cream post? If not, go check it out now!

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I love getting dipped cones when I go out for ice cream. The problem is usually the only dipped cones are the waffle cones. Those things fit SO much ice cream! So unless I’m feeling super ambitious it’s a plain cone for me. Then when I was thinking about ice cream month I realized that I could just make my own epic cones! It is actually so simple that I debated even posting it as a recipe, but they are so adorable how could I not share?

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The decoration and topping options are endless, and you all know how I feel about food variation possibilities! I limited myself to just six different varieties with ingredients I already had in my kitchen, but I could have easily kept going. I went with cookie crumbs, walnut pieces (had to pay homage to Monday’s post), crushed M&M’s, pretzel pieces, cornflakes cereal and of course, sprinkles! You could really do any candy, cereal, nut, cookie, or even salty snack. I’m thinking Reese’s Pieces, Fruit Loops, cashews, Chips Ahoy and potato chips – yum!

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The key, which I learned the hard way, is to keep the pieces small. And I mean very small, like almost crumbs, especially if the items are heavier. See my walnut cone and M&M cone? Those pieces were too big and they started sliding down the chocolate the minute I tried to sprinkle them on. The cookie crumbs and sprinkles worked the best because they were so small and light. That’s why I test it though, then you don’t have to make my same mistakes and can have yours come out perfectly!

Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Cones  |  Lemon & Mocha

Once you have your toppings picked out and chopped you are ready to melt your chocolate. I like to use my liquid measuring cup because it’s microwave safe while also being narrow and deep. A deep and narrow bowl or cup is better because then you can dip your cone deeper without having to use more chocolate. The dipping bowl or cup only needs to be as wide as your cone. I melt the chocolate chips down in the microwave with a little coconut butter to help keep the chocolate shiny and smooth. I used to use vegetable oil, but now I use coconut butter because it’s healthier, but feel free to use whichever one you would prefer or already have in your kitchen. Once the chocolate is melted down you can start dipping. Dunk the whole mouth of the cone right into the chocolate then let all the excess drip off. And I do mean all the excess! You have to be a bit patient with it and let it drip, rotating and giving it a few shakes to help the dripping along. If you don’t let enough excess drip off then your toppings will be more likely to drip right off your cones.

Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Cones  |  Lemon & Mocha

Then, sprinkle all over with the toppings! I would say this is the fun part, but we all know the real fun part is eating them with a scoop (or two) of ice cream! Simply place the topped cones, opening side down, on a wax paper lined small cookie sheet and place in the fridge for twenty minutes. Then time to eat! What toppings would you pick for your chocolate dipped cones?

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Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Cones
 
Yield: 6 dipped cones
Ingredients
  • Toppings for dipping (see above for ideas)
  • ⅔ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 6 sugar cones
Directions
  1. Make sure your toppings are crushed small and are ready to go. Line a small baking sheet or sturdy cutting board with wax paper or parchment paper. Make sure the baking sheet or cutting board you choose will fit in your fridge with the cones upright.
  2. Pour the chocolate chips and the coconut oil in a microwavable liquid measuring cup or a deep and narrow bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir. Microwave at 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until the chocolate is smooth and melted. Be sure not to over-heat.
  3. Dip the open end of your cone into the chocolate. I dipped mine about 1½ inches deep. Let the excess chocolate drip off, rotating and lightly shaking your cone. Be patient! Too much excess will lead to runaway toppings. After the excess chocolate is dripped off, sprinkle on your toppings. I held my cone sideways over a bowl and sprinkled the toppings over the chocolate dipped cone. Once you’ve added your toppings, stand the cone upright, opening faced down, on the prepared baking sheet or cutting board.
  4. Repeat for the remainder of the cones. You may need to tilt the liquid measuring cup as you dip the cones to get enough of the cone dipped. You will have some leftover dipping chocolate. Once all the cones have been dipped and topped, put the baking sheet or cutting board in the fridge for 20 minutes before filling with ice cream and eating. I stored these in the fridge, but if you weren’t worried about the chocolate getting melty you could store them at room temperature.
Notes
If you don’t have coconut oil or cannot use it for dietary reasons, you can substitute the same amount of vegetable oil

 

Chocolate Brownie Walnut Ice Cream

Chocolate Brownie Walnut Ice Cream  |  Lemon & Mocha

I can’t believe it’s almost August and I haven’t posted a single ice cream recipe this season! I’ve made ice cream a couple times this summer, but I never got around to photographing them for Lemon & Mocha. So today we are going into full ice cream mode! I am a chocolate person through and through and there’s no exception when it comes to ice cream. Chocolate ice cream is delicious on its own, but it’s even better if it has more chocolate in it!

Chocolate Brownie Walnut Ice Cream  |  Lemon & Mocha

Eating at Coldstone Creamery over the years has let me try basically every type of topping in ice cream so I knew brownie would be a perfect addition. Does anyone else put so many toppings in their Coldstone ice creams that they have to put your creation in the next size bowl because it got so big from all the toppings? I can’t be the only topping weirdo out there! Anyways, the brownie adds a chewy and fudge-like texture to the chocolate ice cream. I also love when ice creams have a bit of a crunch so I added in the walnuts as well. My stepmom always makes brownies with walnuts so I was thinking this ice cream is kind of like a play on those brownies. With all my toppings talk, I kept this Chocolate Brownie Walnut Ice Cream fairly simple, but it was still the perfect bite.

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If you want to make this ice cream, but you don’t have an ice cream maker I definitely suggest you get one! They are relatively inexpensive (under $50) and I’ve had mine for over 14 years! This is the updated version of mine. However, if you wanted to make this ice cream, but didn’t want to wait for all the steps of a homemade custard based ice cream, you could simply fold brownie chunks and walnuts into your favorite chocolate ice cream! Beat the ice cream in the bowl of a stand mixer to make it softer without getting melty then beat or fold in the brownies and walnuts.

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Did you know this is my 10th ice cream post on Lemon & Mocha? Here are my other ice cream posts if you’re looking for additional flavors: Honey Ice Cream with Pralined Almond Crumble, Orange-Vanilla Frozen Custard, Browned Butter Peach Ice Cream with a Graham Cracker Crumble, Coffee Ice Cream, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Double Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream, Straciatella Chocolate Hazelnut Gelato and Egg Nog Ice Cream.

Chocolate Brownie Walnut Ice Cream  |  Lemon & Mocha

P.S. How adorable are these ice cream cones? I have a fun post going up on Wednesday to show you how to make and customize your own cones. I also cannot wait for you all to see what I use this Chocolate Brownie Walnut Ice Cream for in my Friday post – prepare yourselves to take this chocolately deliciousness to the next level!

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Chocolate Brownie Walnut Ice Cream
 
Yield: 1 quart
Ingredients
  • 2 cups heavy cream, divided
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 5 ounces semisweet (or bittersweet) chocolate chips
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cups chopped walnuts
  • 1⅓ cups brownie pieces
Directions
  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat warm 1 cup of the cream with the cocoa powder. Whisk until the cocoa is blended then bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to simmer for 30 seconds, whisking continuously.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat before adding the chopped chocolate and stirring until smooth. Add the remaining cup of cream, stir, then pour the whole mixture into a large bowl. Place a mesh strainer on top of the bowl.
  3. Using the same saucepan combine the milk, sugar and salt over medium heat until warm. In a medium bowl whisk the egg yolks then slowly pour the warm milk mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, to temper the eggs. Pour the milk and egg mixture back into the saucepan. Constantly stir the mixture over medium heat with a heatproof spatula making sure to scrape the bottom and not let any clumps form. Continue stirring until the mixture is thick enough to coat the spatula.
  4. Remove the mixture from the heat and pour it through the mesh strainer into the large bowl with the chocolate mixture. Stir until combined then mix in the vanilla extract.
  5. Insert the bowl into an ice bath and continue stirring until cool.
  6. Chill the mixture in the fridge. Once cold, pour into your ice cream maker following the manufacturer's directions. During the last 5 minutes add the chopped walnuts and brownie pieces. Let firm in the freezer before scooping. If you are using this to make an ice cream pie, you can pour it right from the ice cream maker into your prepared pie crust.
Notes
I find it is easier to cut and incorporate the brownies into the ice cream if they’re already cold so I usually refrigerate a couple brownies before chopping them up and mixing them into the ice cream.
I prefer to use Ghiradelli chocolate.

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Pistachio Semifreddo with a Nutella Magic Shell Topping

Pistachio Semifreddo with a Nutella Magic Shell Topping  |  Lemon & Mocha

I know, I know. It’s early in the morning and you’re already drooling over a dessert. I’m sorry, but I had to share this one, especially just in time for Father’s Day on Sunday! I kind of consider this an all-parent dessert since I actually made and photographed it for Mother’s Day with the intention of posting it for Father’s Day. I have to work ahead over here so I’m often doing odd things like celebrating 4th of July in June or Christmas in September. This Pistachio Semifreddo with Nutella Magic Shell Topping would be good for any occasion, but I made it with my Dad in mind.

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My Dad loves ice cream, but I’ve made him so many ice cream desserts over the years that I wanted to try something different. I’ve also always wanted to try a semifreddo, which to me tastes like ice cream mixed with whipped cream that’s been semi-frozen. The creaminess of the semifreddo with the crunch from the pistachios was an addictive combination. It would be delicious if you just left it at that. But I could never, ever in good conscience discourage you from topping the pistachio semifreddo with this Nutella magic shell! Adding coconut oil to the Nutella makes it act like that amazing magic shell topping you can buy in the bottle where the topping hardens when it touches the ice cream. This Nutella topping starts to harden as soon as you pour it over the semifreddo and will harden to completion if you just pop it in the the freezer for a little bit. Whacking off big hunks of the hardened Nutella to eat with the creamy semifreddo felt downright sinful. And so, so good.

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The recipe seems like a lot of steps, but it’s actually fairly simple. A lot of the comments on the original recipe were from people who said they don’t cook or bake often and they were surprised at how easy it actually was to make. You are basically whipping a meringue base, whipping a whipped cream and folding them together with the chopped pistachios. Then it goes into the freezer for at least eight hours so you will definitely want to plan ahead.

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You all know I love my food memories so of course I have some to share about my Dad and pistachio ice cream. The first is that my Dad’s company always had an ice cream sundae party every summer – and still do! My Dad is retired, but they still do the ice cream parties. Back when there weren’t as many people they would have everyone vote on the flavors by marking their vote on a printout of the flavors from the local ice cream shop. My Dad and another guy who worked there loved the pistachio ice cream and somehow that flavor would always win even though everyone else made fun of them for liking an “old man” flavor. I will always think of it as an “old man” flavor even though now I love it. I guess that makes me an old man? Anyways, my second memory I want to mention is when I got accepted to Boston College my Dad and I went to visit the campus that weekend. Of course we had to check out the closest ice cream shop, which is White Mountain Creamery. Funny enough, I don’t remember what flavor I got, but I remember my Dad got the pistachio ice cream. I was so happy in that moment being on a high from excitement to go to Boston College sitting there eating ice cream with my Dad.

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Now even though I made this dessert with my Dad in mind it kind of backfired on me. For those of you that don’t know, my Dad can be very picky. He’ll eat everything, but he will finish the meal saying that it was good, but he prefers his classic favorites. This was one of those times. He liked it, but thought it was a little too sweet for him and wanted it to be ice cream – haha – but everyone else had seconds so I think it’s safe to say that 98% of your guests will go nuts for it. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and make lots of delicious food memories with your loved ones! Happy Father’s Day to all the awesome Dads out there, especially my Dad, Lee, and my father-in-law, Floyd!

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Pistachio Semifreddo with a Nutella Magic Shell Topping
 
Yield: 8-10 servings
Ingredients
for the semifreddo
  • 1½ cups shelled pistachios
  • ½ cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 6 egg whites
  • 2 cups heavy cream, kept in the fridge until ready to use
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
for the Nutella magic shell
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
Directions
for the semifreddo
  1. Line an 8½” by 4½” loaf pan with plastic wrap so it hangs over all the sides then set aside. Roughly chop ¼ cup of the pistachios and set aside.
  2. Pulse ¾ cup pistachios with 2 tablespoons of the sugar until the pistachios are finely chopped. Add the remaining ½ cup pistachios and pulse a few times until the pistachios are very roughly chopped and large chunks still remain. Set aside.
  3. Whip the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer on medium speed until there are soft peaks. This mean the peak is just barely holding its shape and would flop if you lifted the beater. Increase the speed to high and add ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons of the sugar a little at a time. Once the sugar has been added continue to beat until the egg whites are holding stiff peaks. This means the peaks hold their shape completely straight even when beaters are lifted.
  4. In a different bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat the cold cream and the almond extract on medium speed. Carefully increase the speed to high and beat until you have stiff peaks. Carefully fold the egg white mixture into the cream mixture, then gently fold in the pistachio mixture. Pour and scoop into the prepared loaf pan. It will probably go over the top of the pan. Just keep adding and smooth to create an even surface on top. Lightly cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 8 hours.
  5. Remove the semifreddo from the freezer. Invert onto a serving dish (or plate/container that will fit in your freezer if you aren’t serving right away) and carefully remove the pan and plastic wrap. Top with the Nutella magic shell. Look harden slightly then sprinkle the reserved chopped pistachios on top. Return to the freezer until ready to serve. Let soften slightly before serving
for the Nutella magic shell
  1. Microwave the Nutella and coconut oil in a small microwave safe bowl until melted. I start at 30 seconds, stir then continue microwaving and stirring at 15 second intervals. Once the mixture is melted and smooth let cool slightly at room temperature before using.
Notes
This recipe contains uncooked egg whites, which may be a concern if salmonella is a problem where you live.
Using a metal mixing bowl for the egg whites and heavy cream makes a big difference, especially if you can chill them in the freezer, along with the metal beaters, before using. If your egg whites or cream isn’t coming to peaks it may be that your ingredients or bowl wasn’t cold enough so I always chill mine.

Semifreddo recipe slightly adapted from Epicurious.