Rosewater and Pistachio Ice-cream
I made this exotic ice-cream for the MasterChef final and both the judges literally swooned (in fact Gregg said he wanted to live next door to me!). When I’m feeling really, really naughty, I serve it with baklava, but to try to lessen my evil deed I make the baklava very, very small.
|150ml (5fl. oz)||full-fat milk|
|150ml (5fl. oz)||double cream|
|55g (2oz)||shelled ground pistachio nuts|
|½ tsp||very finely ground cardamom seeds (I use a pestle and mortar)|
|85g (3oz)||caster sugar|
|a drop red food colouring to give a rosy glow (optional, but it does look so pretty with it)|
|rose petals to decorate (optional)|
Pour the milk, cream, nuts and cardamom into a saucepan. Bring to the boil, then put to one side. In a mixing bowl beat the egg yolks and sugar until they’re pale, then beat in the boiled cream and milk. Now put it all back into the saucepan and stir constantly over a really low heat, until it’s the consistency of custard, but do not allow it to boil — trust me, there will be a disaster! Now add the rosewater and food colouring, put it all into your ice-cream-maker and churn till thick and creamy. If you don’t have an ice-cream-maker, put the mixture in a plastic container in the freezer, stirring every now and again to break up the ice crystals. Scatter some rose petals on the top to serve.