Date & Roasted Almond Ice Cream

Oh yes! Its another post with dates …You can’t blame me for using this wonderful fruit so much these last couple of weeks. Its sweet, its creamy, its dulcet, its luscious, its nutritious, and above all its simply irresistible n I just can’t seem to get enough of it. I used them in semolina cookies – Ma’moul and I also made Date Truffles. I was thinking, what else can I possibly use dates in, and then hubby said, why don’t you make ice cream ! And just that second I knew what I wanted to do. Since I’ve never had date ice cream before, I had to try it out. Another flavour I really love is toasted almond. And I had a feeling that these two would be magnificent together. And I couldn’t have been more correct! This ice cream turned out so good, I couldn’t stop telling myself what a good job I’ve done !

But firstly I’d like to wish everyone Eid Mubarak! The month of fasting and steadfast prayer has finally come to an end. This Ramadan went by so quickly I cant believe its already a month! And this wonderful date and roasted almond ice cream is just the perfect sweet to celebrate this wonderful day.

6 egg yolks
2 ½ cup semi skimmed milk
2 cups whipping cream
¾ th cup fine granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed pitted and finely chopped dates
¾ th cup almond slivers
½ tbsp butter
First start with making the custard. Bring the sugar, milk and cream gently to a boil. Turn of the heat and set aside. Remove about a cup n half of this liquid and put it in the blender along with the dates and puree it. Set aside. In another bowl, beat the egg yolks. Whisk 1/2 cup of the warm milk mixture into egg yolks; pour yolk mixture into pan. Stir constantly over low heat until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 4 to 6 minutes; do not boil. Now add the date puree to this mixture and mix very well, and let it cool to room temperature. Pack it in an airtight container and chill it in the fridge overnight. And since you’re already in the kitchen, u might as well use this time to slow roast the almond slivers. Slice them finely, and on a very small flame toast the almonds in a frying pan, till they are slightly crisp. Now remove from pan, and add the butter to the pan. As soon as it melts bring back the almonds to the pan and roast till light brown and an aromatic earthy smell fills up the kitchen. Cool n store in airtight container for next day. Also you might need to put your ice cream maker in the freezer the night before so don’t forget to do that!
Now when you’re ready to make the ice cream, pour in the date custard mix into the maker and as it churns add in the roasted almond slivers 1 tablespoon at a time, making sure they mix evenly. Freeze in an airtight container for atleast 6 hrs before serving. When serving, garnish with some more of the roasted almonds. This portion should make 10-12 servings.

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Comment : (Nazarina A)

Beautiful creation as usual! (Sara)

This looks delicious. I love dates, I don’t cook with them nearly enough. (Kitchen Flavours)

Wow iam drooling over. Aweome and yummy. (Noor)

Eid Mubarak, sorry I am late but I just found your blog. Wow mashAllah I love it. I just added you to my blog roll and I can not wait to come back anc visit. (Antonio Tahhan)

Eid Mubarak Kate!! These must be the almonds you were chopping for your post : )
beautiful job!! (diva)

i’m a big fan of sticky date pudding so i can empathize with your lust for dates! gorgeous looking ice cream. absolutely decadent and must be so flavourful..mmm. (Annemarie)

Eid Mubarak to you, Kajal. Your ice cream sounds wonderful, and a fabulous thing to indulge in now that the fasting is done. (Latifa)

eid mubarak to you too.

love the idea (Susan from Food Blogga)

Please! Post as many date recipes as you’d like. 🙂 (Beachlover)

oh!! your date ice cream look good and sinful!! I don’t think I can make that lovely ice cream like yours! (Cakebrain)

Wow! Gorgeous pics! I love the subtle colours! your ice cream looks so creamy dreamy delicious! (Kelly-Jane)

What a fabulous flavour combination, yummy!

I’m not sure how to say happy Eid, but know the sentiment is there! (MktLvgRebecca)

This ice cream looks delicious! It seems as if it would be so complicated to make, but you make it look so simple! Great post! (proofofthepudding)

This looks amazingly good!!

What a tempting combination… Dates… Roasted Almonds with Ice Cream… You will have to put me on a diet after I prepare this recipe…


This is a great layout, Kate. Good job.


Any way of making this without eggs? I would love to try it for Diwali!

You rock…this is amazing! I love ice cream with toasted almonds and the dates…well of course I’d love those!!!!

This looks simply delectable! I will have to try it out!


great post as usual!

This ice-cream recipe looks so yummy. it looks just like it would in a fancy restaurant. this is definately a recipe that i would totally make in the near future. (tonight)

I have never seen ice cream like this, I so have to try this! I may have to substitute brown sugar for the dates, but I’m sure this will taste heavenly. Thanks!

Kajal, I made this recently, minus the eggs, with some cardamom and nutmeg for flavor, and the result was fantastic. The quantities mentioned were perfect! Thanks.


I’m so happy to hear you tried the recipe and it turned out good … woohoo !

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