Ice cream sandwich with pistachio and passionfruit

By: Nikki and Jordan Shearer

MasterChef NZ runners-up, Nikki and Jordan Shearer's recipe for ice cream sandwiches with pistachio and passionfruit

Ice -creamMakes approximately 8

This is such a good go-to dessert that you can whip up in moments using whatever fruits are in season, and your favourite ice cream.

If you have time and access to an ice cream machine, then give the passion fruit ice cream a go. It is easy and so satisfying to make your own ice cream that you will never look back.


  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 16 gingernut biscuits (we used ‘Chanui’ brand)
  • Ice cream
  • ½ cup pistachio nuts, shelled and chopped finely
  • 6 passionfruit


  1. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a medium saucepan over simmering water.
  2. When melted, dip one side of each biscuit into the chocolate and stand upright for the chocolate to set.
  3. Just before serving, join two biscuits together with ice cream, roll in the pistachio nuts and serve with the passionfruit pulp.

Passionfruit ice cream


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 10–12 passionfruit 


  1. Combine milk and cream in a medium saucepan and heat until just before boiling.
  2. Whisk egg yolks and sugar together until light and creamy.
  3. Slowly add milk mixture into eggs and whisk until well combined.
  4. Pour into a clean saucepan and gently heat until mixture thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon.
  5. Cool in the fridge for a couple of hours.
  6. Sieve the passionfruit pulp to remove seeds (optional) and stir into the custard mixture.
  7. Churn as per ice cream machine instructions.


Per serve

A beverage or a dessert, we are not quite sure, but by goodness, ‘drowning’ ice cream sure is simply delicious, and one of our favourite ways to top off a meal.

Serve with biscotti or have a play with different additions such as shaved chocolate and crushed nuts.


  • 2 small scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Double shot espresso
  • Double shot of Baileys (or your favourite liquor)


  1. Place ice cream into individual serving glasses.
  2. Serve with individual shot glasses espresso and Baileys. 
  3. When ready to demolish, pour each over the ice cream.

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