Pine Nut and Honey Ice Cream

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

These two flavors make for an intense-tasting ice cream that will add a splash of elegance to your next dinner party. A dainty but crunchy cookie will work well on the side.




Total Timeunder 4 hours

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationgluten-free, halal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, vegetarian

Equipmentice cream maker


Taste and Texturecreamy, nutty, sweet

Type of Dishdessert, ice cream


  • 1 cup (250 mL) pine nuts 
  • 2 eggs 
  • ½ cup (125 mL) liquid honey
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) granulated sugar 
  • Pinch salt 
  • 1 cup (250 mL) milk 
  • 1 cup (250 mL) whipping (35%) cream 
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla 
  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C)
  • Baking sheet


  1. Spread pine nuts evenly on baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown. Watch carefully; they burn very quickly. Reserve a handful for topping.

  2. In a food processor, purée hot nuts, eggs, honey, sugar and salt until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

  3. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, bring milk to a simmer. Gradually whisk into the egg mixture.

  4. Return entire mixture to the saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Be careful not to let it boil. Transfer to a clean large bowl. Let cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until completely cold or overnight.

  5. Stir cream mixture. Transfer to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.

  6. When serving, top with reserved pine nuts.


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