Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Lemon Toasted Pine Nut Ice Cream

Do you ever dream about what you could do with an unlimited food budget?  Well, maybe not if you are rich... but I certainly do.  Today me and my coworker who is also a good friend were discussing what we would buy if we could have the dream pantry stocked with whatever we would like.  Of course, all of the specialty items came to mind, every oil and expensive vinegar we could imagine, blocks of the $35/lb cheeses...and especially nuts!  Buying pine nuts by the 10 lb bag and not worrying that they are $30/lb.  I remember once I accidentally filled up a 4 lb bag of pistachios, got the bag home and just about flipped when I saw I had paid $40 for them...needless to say they were used sparingly.  Even better than an unlimited budget though, sometimes I think it would be amazing if I had magic cupboards and fridges that just simply had the ingredients I wanted at that moment for a dreamed up recipe when I wanted it.  Now that would be cool. 
But of course, I don't so I instead have learned to use what I have, and use it wisely.  That said, sometimes you just have to splurge once in a while. 
For some reason I was craving pine nuts and I decided that an ice cream with toasted pine nuts would be delicious! 
I thought I could blend them into my vegan ice cream base for a flavor throughout, but also stir whole ones in for nice texture at the end. 

It needed another dimension however, so I decided that lemon would be a nice addition as it is so good this time of the year when we are all craving a bit of sunshine!  Also a dash of vanilla for good measure because I add it to 99% of my desserts! 

Of course the finished product was delicious!  The base was sweet smooth and tasted of buttery toasty pine nuts with a slight tartness of lemon.  It was wonderful alone, but I decided to pour some St. Germain elderflower liqeuer over my second bowl of it and it was blow your mind!  If you would like to taste some for yourself, here is the recipe as I made it!

Lemon Toasted Pine Nut Ice Cream  
Makes 6 cups

Ice Cream:
3 cups organic full fat coconut milk, chilled
2 cups toasted pine nuts, divided
3/4 cup agave nectar
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon extract
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp organic lemon zest
1/4 tsp sea salt

Combine all ingredients except one cup of pine nuts in a blender, and process until well blended.  Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and process according to package directions (mine takes about an hour, and is still a little soupy like the consistency of a malt, but firms up in the freezer later). Once processed, strir in remaining pine nuts and pour into freezable container with a lid, and place in the freezer for at least a few hours, or overnight to firm up for best results.


  1. I have had the oddest fascination with lemon lately, I can't get enough of it. This would be a great use for the lemons, looks absolutely delicious! Lovely combination of flavors, thanks for sharing, buzzed ya! =]

  2. Yum!
    I always end up spending a ridiculous amount of money on nuts. The cashews and hazelnuts always get me.

  3. Amy this is awesome. Your food is always so creative and impressive. I know what you mean about nuts and the expense. I buy nuts at BJs and then freeze them to use sparingly. The nice thing about pine nuts is that a little goes a long way. Another great post from you! :)

  4. Wow, now that's a fancy flavor! I love pine nuts, and can only imagine the subtle, compelx flavor of your ice cream. Beautiful!

  5. Awesome Amy! This is the reason I should run.. Seeing desserts like this! RVP

  6. I meant to say, should keep running..

  7. My magic cupboard would have an unlimited supply of truffle and bacon. Great recipe. Love pine nuts.

  8. Yes, a magic cupboard would be awesome. Either that or to have a kitchen in a specialty grocers
    Weird that we have been experimenting with these flavors at the same time. I actually saw the blend as a spread for english muffins which gave me the idea for the flavor pairing.
    Your ice cream looks delicious-well done!

  9. I do wish I had an unlimited budget. I also wish I had a magic cupboard that always has the ingredients I need so I don't have to go to the store! This ice cream looks excellent! What a great idea to add pine nuts!

  10. that's the most what food bloggers dreaming about... I always dream having pretty wide kitchen with full of premium cooking tools arrange neatly in my kitchen and full of premium quality food stock at my pantry (I'm still dreaming it right know :D)let's pray together so our dreams could coming true!