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Pistachio Ice Cream and Chocolate Pears

Beware: sentimental post to follow. I am working on another project and have very limited access or time to the computer today, but I have been meaning to post this for quite some time now.

When I started this site, almost 2 years ago, I had no idea my life would be altered forever by a handful of bloggers. All bloggers have different lifestyle, backgrounds, affinities. We sometimes click, we try to visit as many blogs as we can and try to leave as many pertinent comments or simple "hellos" here and there. Over the past year, I have become somewhat "internet" close to a few bloggers scattered all over the world. It is no wonder that they also happen to be Daring Bakers but we were already "regulars" on each other’s blog prior to forming our (ever expanding!) group.

About three weeks ago, there was a bad and nasty cloud over the Tartelette household. I shared this with those few bloggers, expecting a simple "sorry, thinking about you". Actually, I did not expect anything…I just wanted to tell them, I figured that if we shared croissant making and crepe cake inferno, that was just as good as washing our dirty laundry together!
What I did not expect was the week long delivery of small packages, from all corners of the world, filled with as much diversity as the people who sent them. From handmade beauty products, to carefully selected chocolates, candies, sauces, and such. I tried to use some in my cooking, like a huge bottle of Dulce de Leche used to make cookies. I devoured 4 chocolate mice in one sitting and took only 2 days to drink too much Godiva hot chocolate and eat half a box of handcrafted chocolate…hmmmm…..Bloggers rock!

I am not going to name anybody, they will recognize themselves. One day that I was scavenging for more chocolate I noticed a small yellow one from Michel Recchuiti on the coffee table. B. said it was "some sort of dried fruit dipped in chocolate". Yes, my husband is not very well versed in the world of chocolatiers, he’s just happy to blindly follow me in my chocolate quests.
The box contained Michel Recchiuti’s Key Lime Pears: key lime juice kissed dried pears dipped in dark chocolate…! I had one by itself and immediately thought about using them in ice cream sandwiches. I made a batch of pistachio ice cream, sandwiched it in between the chocolate pears, thought about clling the neighbors and quickly changed my mind. I needed that much chocolate and sugar all by myself!

Thank you again, my dear new and not so virtual friends. You were with me through the joy and the pain and I am here to do the same for you.

Bloggers Special Pistachio Ice Cream and Chocolate Pears:

For the Ice Cream:
4 egg yolks
2 cups half and half
4 oz sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup ground pistachios

For the sandwiches:
I used the dried pears I had received but you can use your favorite cookies or it the ice cream by itself.

In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar until pale and thick, add the vanilla and pistachios.
In a saucepan, on medium heat, bring the half and half to boiling point but do not let it boil.
Slowly pour the hot cream onto the egg yolks mixture and stir to combine (tempering). Pour the whole mixture back into the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the cream coats the back of spoon. At this point you have made a custard sauce, also known as "creme anglaise".
Let cool completely, strain and refrigerate until cold. Process the custard according to your ice cream maker manufacturer’s instructions or use a hand held immersion blender.
Freeze until firm and fill your favorite cookie or chocolate dipped dried fruit with it.

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Chez Us June 2, 2007 um 11:12 pm

I am so sorry to hear there is a grey cloud about the Tartelette Household. I love your site and inspiration and wanted you to know my thoughts & prayers are with you as well!

Marce June 2, 2007 um 11:48 pm

Such a heart-warming post, Helene. Glad to see that those small packages were like little rays of light piercing through that gray cloud, that was exactly the idea we had when we came up with our little "attack plan" so I couldn´t be happier.
Now if you start tempting me with culinary offers like this, I might have to catch the next plane and drop by for a bite, or two, of those incredible ice cream sandwiches. And, while I might not be able to afford that right this second, I know for a fact that we will meet someday… and maybe even have a big DB reunion somewhere.
Sending you warm hugs from a very chilly Buenos Aires.

Aimée June 2, 2007 um 11:54 pm

That’s a pretty amazing story, you know that? As a relatively new blogger, I salute your blogger circle of support! it’s good to know that people do care.

Nora B. June 3, 2007 um 12:27 am

Helene, thanks for sharing. I hope that the rough patch will be over soon. And I’m glad to hear that you’ve been getting the support and comfort that you needed.

Alpineberry Mary June 3, 2007 um 2:08 am

Ooo, what a wonderful idea to pair the pears with pistachio ice cream. I’m too lazy to make my own pistachio ice cream, so BnJ’s will have to do.

Barbara June 3, 2007 um 4:15 am

Great idea with the pears Helen. I hope the grey cloud is lifting. Hugs.

Brilynn June 3, 2007 um 5:28 am

Those are beautiful! You’re a constant source of inspiration!

Peabody June 3, 2007 um 8:25 am

The pears sound wonderful.
I hope the clouds are clearing.

Meeta K. Wolff June 3, 2007 um 1:40 pm

Helene, I am glad that those boxes cheered you up and I also hope that you find a silver lining in the dark clouds too. I also thank YOU — for your affection and support.

The pistachio ice cream sounds good together with the choc pears. UMMMM!

breadchick June 3, 2007 um 1:48 pm

Helen, right back at you! Our little "knitting" circle is an amazing group of gals. And those pears look absolutely decadent. I’m going to try the ice cream in our camping "ice cream" ball. I"ll let you know how it turns out.

Valentina June 3, 2007 um 1:56 pm

Dear helen, this creation has me sitting here in awe. Well, that is a very common state to be in whenever I visit your blog. Your creations never – and I mean, never, cease to amaze me. Great pairing that of the ice cream with the pears.

Stella June 3, 2007 um 2:31 pm

Things will get better after the storm Helene..
Your dessert surely looks irresistible, what would I not give to have one?..:)

Anonymous June 3, 2007 um 3:25 pm

Helen, Thank you for sharing, both your lovely recipes and your life. I’m glad you have support to carry you through the dark times and I pray that you’ll be on the other side soon.

Amanda at Little Foodies June 3, 2007 um 6:31 pm

You are one talented lady. I remember feeling in awe the first time I visited. A truly beautiful dessert. Sounds wonderful, looks awesome. It’s tricky because I don’t know you but I am sorry to hear you’re under a cloud. There are obviously a lot of people who care about you. I really wish the clouds gone for you. Amanda

Kelly-Jane June 3, 2007 um 8:30 pm

I’m sorry to hear that you are having a tough time just now, and hope the sun breaks through your clouds soon.

Your dessert is beautiful 🙂

Anonymous June 3, 2007 um 8:53 pm

Enjoy it all, Helene!

Anita June 3, 2007 um 10:19 pm

Beautiful pears, Helene! I’m sending you all the California sunshine I can and great big hugs – I’m thinking about you!

Anonymous June 3, 2007 um 10:47 pm

Hugs sweetie!

Anonymous June 4, 2007 um 12:20 am

oh homade pistachio ice cream, sounds wonderful. those pears are so beautiful, i can imagine they would lift a grey cloud! beautiful post as usual 🙂

Warda June 4, 2007 um 12:48 am

Apres la pluie le beau temps Helene. En tous les cas c’est ce que je te souhaite.Gros bisous

Anonymous June 4, 2007 um 3:22 am

Isn’t it amazing how people so far away can make such a huge difference in our lives? I hope the gray cloud has passed and things are looking up for you all!

Anonymous June 4, 2007 um 5:40 am

*hugs* I hope the cloud is lifting. The chocolate pears are really cool and I love pistachio ice cream, another ice cream I have to make this summer and now I can use your recipe! 🙂

Veron June 4, 2007 um 9:29 pm

love pistachio and pear together…and with chocolate that is a triple delight. Hope everything is better …definitely thinking of you…

LILIBOX June 7, 2007 um 6:02 am

c’est tout simplement sublime .

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