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Pistachio ice-cream cake with red summer berries

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for Pistachio ice-cream cake with red summer berries

By Lisa Featherby
  • 40 mins preparation
  • 1 hr 15 mins cooking plus cooling, freezing
  • Serves 12
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Pistachio ice-cream cake with red summer berries
A frozen dessert is a great finish to a Christmas meal. The ice-cream cake can be unmoulded and returned to the freezer ahead of time so it's all ready to serve.


  • 750 gm strawberries, sliced (3 punnets)
  • 375 gm raspberries (3 punnets)
  • To serve: slivered pistachios (see note)
Pistachio ice-cream
  • 150 gm pistachios, coarsely chopped (see note)
  • 260 gm caster sugar
  • 650 ml milk
  • 8 egg yolks
  • Finely grated rind of ¼ orange
  • 330 ml pouring cream
Raspberry syrup
  • 250 gm frozen raspberries
  • 55 gm caster sugar (¼ cup)


  • 1
    For pistachio ice-cream, process 100gm pistachios with 65gm sugar in a small food processor until finely ground, set aside. Bring milk to the simmer in a saucepan over medium-high heat, then add pistachio mixture. Meanwhile, whisk yolks and remaining sugar in an electric mixer until pale. Add milk mixture, whisk to combine, return to pan with orange rind and stir over medium heat until mixture coats the back of a spoon thickly (8-10 minutes). Add cream and remaining pistachios, transfer to a bowl placed over ice, stir occasionally until chilled, then freeze in an ice-cream machine. Spoon into a chilled 1-litre mould (you may have a little ice-cream left over), freeze until required.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, for raspberry syrup, combine frozen raspberries and sugar in a heatproof bowl, cover with plastic wrap, place over a saucepan of simmering water and cook until syrupy (1 hour). Strain through a fine sieve (don’t press on solids) and set aside to cool completely, then refrigerate until required.
  • 3
    To unmould ice-cream cake, dip mould briefly in hot water and invert onto a serving tray. Scatter with some strawberries, raspberries and pistachios to decorate, and serve with syrup and remaining fruit.


Note Slivered pistachios are available from Pariya Food. In choosing whole pistachios for the ice-cream, look for nuts with a bright green colour, which will lend an attractive tint to the dessert.