pistachio and pineapple ice cream

Marguerite Patten’s pistachio and pineapple ice cream

  • serves 4-6
  • Easy

Make Marguerite Patten's classic pistachio and pineapple ice cream, from just five ingredients. This particular recipe contains a mixture of marshmallows, pineapple and nuts and these produce a dessert that typifies the interesting ice creams of the 1990s.



  • shelled pistachio nuts 115g
  • white marshmallows 175g
  • pineapple rings in natural juice 227g can
  • vanilla sugar or to taste 25g
  • double cream 300ml


  • Step 1

    Skin the nuts by putting in boiling water for about 1 minute then pull away the skins and coarsely chop.

  • Step 2

    Put the marshmallows into a basin. Strain the pineapple, keep 150ml of the juice and add to the marshmallows. Stand basin over a saucepan of hot, but not boiling, water and leave until just dissolved. This can also be done on the defrost setting in a microwave. Allow the mixture to cool.

  • Step 3

    step 3 

    Finely chop the pineapple rings, add to the marshmallows with the nuts and sugar. Whip the cream until it stands in soft peaks, do not over-whip. Whipping is not necessary with an ice cream maker. Fold into the other ingredients. Either spoon in the ice-cream maker and freeze or put into a dish and place in the freezer.

    Variations: other fruits and nuts can be used. The marshmallows can be dissolved in vermouth, instead of fruit juice.

    Raspberry Ice Cream: dissolve the marshmallows in 225ml fresh raspberry puree, add the sugar and cream as above. Other soft fruits can be used in the same way.

    Recipe taken from A Century Of British Cooking by Marguerite Patten, published by Grub Street, hardback at £15.00