The Saffron Rosewater Pistachio Ice Cream or (Bastani Zafrani) is a delicious and luxurious dessert that is perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth. The combination of saffron, rosewater, and heavy cream make for a rich and creamy ice cream that is both flavorful and nutritious.
Here is a recipe for Saffron Pistachio Rosewater Ice Cream, also known as Bastani Zafrani. This creamy and fragrant dessert is a popular treat in Iran, Afghanistan, and other parts of the Middle East.
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
- 1/4 cup warm milk
- 1/2 cup unsalted pistachios, chopped
- 1 tablespoon rosewater
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the heavy cream, whole milk, sugar, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is hot but not boiling.
- While the cream mixture is heating up, grind the saffron threads into a fine powder using a mortar and pestle. Add the saffron to the warm milk and stir until it dissolves.
- Once the cream mixture is hot, remove it from the heat and stir in the saffron milk, chopped pistachios, rosewater, and vanilla extract.
- Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until thoroughly chilled.
- Once the mixture is chilled, pour it into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer's instructions, until it reaches a soft-serve consistency.
- Transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 2 hours, or until firm.
- Serve the ice cream garnished with additional chopped pistachios and a sprinkle of saffron threads, if desired.
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Enjoy your delicious and aromatic Saffron Pistachio Rosewater Ice Cream!
Saffron Pistachio Rosewater Ice Cream, also known as Bastani Zafrani, can be served as a dessert or a sweet snack at any time of the day. It's particularly popular during the hot summer months as a refreshing treat. It's also commonly served during special occasions such as weddings, festivals, and celebrations in Iran and other parts of the Middle East.