Halvah Ice Cream

Halvah [Photograph: Accidental Hedonist on Flickr]

Made with Middle Eastern sweet sesame paste and studded with cashews, pistachios, and almonds, this ice cream is creamy and nutty and absolutely delicious.

Halvah Ice Cream

About This Recipe

Yield:1 quart
Active time:40 minutes
Total time:Overnight
Special equipment:Ice cream machine
This recipe appears in: Scooped: Halvah Ice Cream


  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 1/3 cup crumbled halvah (vanilla or plain, not chocolate)
  • 1/8 cup chopped roasted unsalted pistachios (shelled)
  • 1/8 cup roasted unsalted almonds (slivered or chopped)
  • 1/8 cup chopped roasted unsalted cashews


  1. 1

    In a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks and sugar together until light in color and slightly thickened. Add half and half, whisking constantly, and transfer mixture into a heavy-bottomed pot. Stir in halvah and cook over a low flame stirring frequently, until base coats the back of a spoon but a finger swipe leaves a clean line. Chill ice cream base in the fridge overnight.

  2. 2

    Following the manufacturer's instructions, churn ice cream base in ice cream machine. When finished, empty into a mixing bowl, then quickly stir in pistachios, almonds, and cashews. Put the whole bowl in the freezer, and when it is frozen enough for you, dig in!

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