The Perfect Pear: Pistachio Pear Ice Cream

By Brittni • posted on 02/21/2016

Pistachio pear ice cream recipe

Ice cream time!

We made another batch of boozy poached pears and used the leftovers to make homemade pistachio pear ice cream for World Pistachio Day (which is this Friday the 26th). The salty crunch of the pistachios goes really well with the sweet pear flavor.

Pistachio pear ice cream recipe

Pistachio pear ice cream with honey drizzle

Pistachio pear ice cream recipe for World Pistachio Day


  • 2  1/2 cups of whole milk
  • 1/2 a cup of poached pears chopped
  • 2 tablespoons poached pears liquid
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2  1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoon of honey
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1  1/2  poached pears

Using a food processor puree the poached pairs, and set aside.

Combine 2 tablespoons  of the poached pair liquid with the corn starch and stir until the cornstarch has dissolved in a bowl.

Combine the milk with the rest of the heavy cream, granulated sugar, salt, and vanilla bean in the sauce pan. Set aside.

In a bowl, prepare an ice bath for the sauce pan. This will be used to chill the ice cream base afterwards.

Move the sauce pan with the milk mixture to the stove and bring to a simmer on medium heat. Once the mixture is at a steady simmer, heat the mixture for 6 minutes, stirring with a whisk.

Reduce heat to low and, while stirring, add corn starch mixture.

Increase back to medium heat and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and submerge the sauce pan into the ice bath. Keep stirring! This will help cool the ice cream base more quickly and evenly.

Once the mixture has cooled down place in an airtight container and let refrigerate for an hour.

Then add the mixture to the ice cream maker and turn it on. Make sure you follow the direction of your ice-cream maker.

While the ice cream is churning add in honey, pistachios, and pear puree.

It took about 20 minutes for my ice-cream to churn and set up.

Scoop the ice cream into freezer-safe pans, and cover with airtight lids, and freeze overnight.

Pistachio pear ice cream recipe for World Pistachio Day

Pistachio pear ice cream recipe for World Pistachio Day

Pistachio pear ice cream recipe

Recipe by Anissa Saxton
Photography by Amelia Tatnall
Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Do you like pistachios? Think you’ll give this salty sweet ice cream a try?

More ice cream recipes!

16 comments | Click here to reply

Hi Michael. I have a tutorial / recipe for poached pears too. it’s right here: Hope that helps!


How do you poach pears, lol? No, but seriously I do not know how to do this. I guess I can go look on-line. Looks good though!

Michael R Krause

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Ohhh..this looks so good!! I can’t wait till summer to make something so creamy and refreshing.. Thanks for sharing the recipe!



Pistachio pear ice cream? Yes, please! My favorite ice cream flavor.

Roy Shaffer

WOW! What a spectacular recipe! Yum… Can’t wait to try this one. My girlfriend and I keep our honey and pistachios in Infinity Jars,
They are prefect for keeping honey fresh for ages.


I’ve been thinking of homemade ice cream for the whole last week. Also, i have a kilogram of pears sitting on my counter. With your pear ice cream recipe I got a delicious solution for that “problem” 🙂


That looks and sounds awesome!

Iryna |

Haha. Exactly Kiersten!


Just another excuse to buy an ice cream machine!



Awesome Courtney. Happy to hear that.


This sounds and looks amazing!!


Thanks Marwa. I love pistachio ice cream too. The crunch is nice to have in an ice cream…similar to peanuts.


This looks so delicious, pistachio ice-creams have always been one of my favorites:)

Marwa | Enthralling Gumption

Yes! There are so many easy ice cream recipes out there to try, Michelle. Would definitely recommend getting an ice cream maker.


Yummy! I love pistachios (and pistachio ice-cream), and I definitely need an ice cream machine now!

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