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Gelato and ice cream recipes are great desserts for entertaining, because they can be made ahead. The combination of zesty lemonade concentrate, nutty pistachios, and a sweet custard base make this easy recipe really take off.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Andy Lyons

Recipe Summary

30 mins
2 hrs
2 hrs 30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a large saucepan combine egg yolks, milk, and sugar. Using a vegetable peeler, cut long strips of peel from the lemon. Add lemon peel to milk mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or a heatproof rubber spatula, until mixture thickens and just coats the back of a clean metal spoon.

  • Immediately place saucepan in a large bowl of ice water; stir constantly for 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture is cool. Remove and discard lemon peel. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Cover and chill about 2 hours or until well chilled.

  • Stir lemonade concentrate and pistachios into milk mixture. Freeze mixture in a 4- to 5-quart ice cream freezer according to the manufacturer's directions. If desired, ripen about 4 hours before serving.* If desired, garnish with chopped almonds.


Ripening homemade gelato improves the texture and helps keep it from melting too quickly during eating. To ripen in a traditional-style ice cream freezer, after churning, remove the lid and dasher and cover the top of the freezer can with waxed paper or foil. Plug the hole in the lid with a small piece of cloth; replace the lid. Pack the outer freezer bucket with enough ice and rock salt to cover the top of the freezer can (use 1 cup salt for each 4 cups ice). Ripen about 4 hours.

When using an ice cream freezer with an insulated freezer bowl, transfer the ice cream to a covered freezer container and ripen by freezing in your regular freezer about 4 hours (or check the manufacturer's recommendations).


Lemonade concentrate is an inexpensive specialty item that can come in handy for family gatherings or this delicious desserts, like this one.

Nutrition Facts

176 calories; fat 7g; cholesterol 144mg; saturated fat 3g; carbohydrates 26g; mono fat 3g; poly fat 1g; sugars 24g; protein 5g; vitamin a 289.6IU; vitamin c 1.3mg; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.2mg; niacin equivalents 0.1mg; vitamin b6 0.1mg; folate 23.7mcg; vitamin b12 0.5mcg; sodium 45mg; potassium 128mg; calcium 89mg; iron 0.5mg.