Tuesday, October 13, 2009

White Rose Saffron & Pistachio Ice Cream

Saffron White Rose & Pistachio Ice Cream


2 C Whole Milk
2 1/2 C Heavy Cream
8 Egg Yolks
2 C Sugar
1 1/2 C Unsalted Pistachio Nuts, chopped
3-4 Tbsp Alba Rose Hydrosol
2 split and scraped Vanilla Beans
1/2 teaspoon Saffron Threads, freshly ground
1 Pinch Salt


1. In a medium thick-bottomed saucepan, on low heat, while stirring, heat milk and vanilla beans (all parts). Bring to a boil. Set aside 2 Tbsp of the hot milk and add the saffron. Reduce heat on saucepan and continue to simmer very low while stirring occasionally, adding the saffron infused milk when it is a deep yellow hue.

2. While mixture is slowly simmering beat the egg yolks with the sugar until smooth and foamy. Very carefully and slowly, while rapidly stirring with a whisk, add the the milk mixture a few tablespoons at a time at first to the egg mixture (this is called tempering). Continue stirring rapidly while tempering the egg or you will end up with undesirable scrambled egg ice cream.

3. After the 2 mixtures are combined continue heating the mixture on low heat while stirring constantly until thickened. When ready it will be slightly foamy and thoroughly coat the spoon when removed from the custard mixture.

4. Strain the custard mixture into a shallow container and blast chill in the freezer to rapidly, then refrigerate until well chilled.

5. Once the custard is very cold, stir in the cream, alba rose water and chopped pistachios.

6. Pour the custard mixture into an ice cream maker and follow churning directions to finish (or freeze and vigorously stirring every 20 minutes to break up the ice crystals until a smooth texture forms and the mixture is thoroughly frozen).