Bastani Irani (Rosewater-and-Saffron Ice Cream)

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This fragrant ice cream is redolent with flavor. It’s traditionally served between two thin wafers to make ice cream sandwiches, but it’s equally delicious on its own. Slideshow: More Ice Cream Recipes 

Rosewater-and-Saffron Ice Cream (Bastani Irani)
Photo: © Con Poulos
Active Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 45 mins
Yield:
1 quart

Ingredients

  • 6 large egg yolks

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron, finely ground

  • 1/4 cup pure rosewater, preferably Sadaf brand (see Note)

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • Dried roses, for garnish

Directions

  1. Set a medium bowl in a large bowl of ice water. In another medium bowl, beat the egg yolks until pale, 1 to 2 minutes.

  2. In a medium saucepan, whisk the cream with the milk, sugar, salt and saffron. Bring to a simmer over moderate heat, whisking, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Very gradually whisk half of the hot cream mixture into the beaten egg yolks in a thin stream, then whisk this mixture back into the saucepan. Cook over moderately low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the custard is thick enough to lightly coat the back of the spoon, about 12 minutes; don’t let it boil.

  3. Strain the custard through a fine-mesh sieve into the bowl set in the ice water. Let the custard cool completely, stirring occasionally. Stir in the rosewater and vanilla extract. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the custard and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 4 hours.

  4. Pour the custard base into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer the ice cream to a chilled 9-by-4-inch metal loaf pan, cover and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.

  5. Serve the ice cream in bowls, garnished with dried roses.

Make Ahead

The ice cream can be frozen for up to 1 week.

Notes

Using a high-quality, pure rosewater is essential here. Look for Sadaf brand, which is available at kalustyans.com.

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