Cardamom and Saffron Ice Cream

Monday, April 13, 2009

Saffron&Cardamom Ice Cream

I am usually pretty excited when Mondays roll around. New week, new things happening, new people to meet and things to discover. It's never quite the same and I look forward to the things learned and observed. Except this Monday. It has been such a splendid weekend, I hardly want it to end. We did have an Easter egg hunt for the kids next door and an improvised picnic in the yard with the neighbors. It just filled me with joy, hope and laughter. An instant battery charger for the soul.

I am usually in charge of desserts when we get together but this time I only had ice cream ready. Actually, I could have cut tiny pieces of what was left of a chocolate coconut and mango cake I had made but that would have been like giving an elephant a thimble to drink from. (more on the cake this week). Instead, I brought down the container of Cardamom and Saffron Ice Cream I was saving for such warm and pleasant days.


Can The Weekend Last All Week?

If I had shown you the inside of the cabinets during Jen's Kitchen Tour series, it would have confused everybody. I have what B. called "kitchen bougeotte". (To have "la bougeotte" = to be fidgety). With my parents and almost all their sibblings born an raised abroad, there was no standard for cuisine types in the family. Wherever they were they would learn some local dishes and ultimately pass them on to us. Along with all the pots and pans specific to each culture. I realized the tour would quickly require a two-page extension if I included them and I could not subject you and Jen to that. It was long enough already!!

Being here in the States is close to cuisine paradise with some many different nations in one spot, so you can bet my "kitchen bougeotte" is greatly satisfied! I am under heavy French, Asian and Indian flavors. In the pantry, each culture tends to have a specific bin. There is however a couple of spices with their own prime real estate in the pantry. Cardamom and saffron.

I love, love, love cardamom. In baked goods, mousses, cakes, you name it I am there. I use green cardamom for baking while I keep black cardamom for savory dishes. I don't usually think of saffron when baking but I am pleasantly surprised each time I do. While I don't pretend to be fluent in Indian cooking, I do enjoy the knowledge and recipes from other bloggers out there. I also have the loveliest of friend who prepared this ice cream the last time I saw her and from the first spoonful, I knew I would have to make it at home....quickly! This ice cream made me week in the knees, literally.


Saffron&Cardamom Ice Cream - All Dressed Up...

No saffron was harmed during the photo shoot...it all went back in its jar. Now everybody can relax."

The flavors of this ice cream are reminiscent of kulfi although the method used here is a bit different than in traditional kulfi recipes. Oh trust me, next on my list is to get me a set of kulfi molds and to try Deeba's recipe...hmmm... Nothing could be simpler than this refreshing ice cream: cardamom infused cream, pinch of saffron and a handful of pistachios (check your sources given the recent news). Churn and dig...

Cardamom and Saffron Ice Cream Recipe:

2 cups (500ml) heavy cream
1 cup (250ml) whole milk
1 cup (200gr) granulated sugar
4-5 green cardamom pods
pinch of saffron
1/3 cup (40gr) raw pistachios

In a large saucepan, stir together the cream, milk and sugar. On a flat surface, or with a mortar and pestle, gently crush the cardamom pods and add both seeds and pods to the cream mixture. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium low heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and let steep as it cools to room temperature. Refrigerate, preferably overnight.
Once infused, strain the mixture and remove the crushed cardamom pods. Add a few threads of saffron and stir.
Coarsely chop the pistachios and add them to the mix.
Process the mixture into your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's intructions.
No ice cream maker? No problem! Pour the cream into a freeze proof container and freeze for a couple of hours. Take it out and whip it with an electric mixer or immersion blender, freeze it again, whip it again....do that four or five times. The mixture won't be quite the same but pretty darn close.

75 comments:

Kristin said...

I have never heard of this before but it just sounds so warm in flavor and definitely yummmmmm for a hot day! If I make it though while it is still chilly here as the weather makes me wonder if warm will ever come well, it is just going to have to be that way! :)

Lucy said...

Wow what an interesting and tasty combination! Your weekend sounds perfect :)

VeggieGirl said...

LOVE using saffron in dishes - although I never would have thought to put it in a dessert... go figure!! Sounds lovely.

Hope you have a fabulous Monday and rest of the week, dear Helen!!

Hilda said...

Ma chere Helene,
have you ever had Persian saffron ice cream? yummy yum. I'll have to make some on my blog sometime when I have more time and a little one who actually goes to sleep. This is lovely and I'm glad no saffron was harmed during that shoot. =)

Peter G said...

Beautiful Helen! This flavour combination is truly a "match made in heaven"!

Junglefrog said...

It looks amazing Helen! I would still have loved to take a peek inside your cabinets though...:) You can do a special cabinet kitchen tour! It sounds like you had a perfect easter weekend.

Karen said...

Weird, I just tried this exact flavour at Baskin and Robbins! It was an intriguing combo but no doubt yours would taste better than an icecream franchise!

Bea said...

It looks delicious! I love cardamome and saffron (will use the swiss one ;) ).
Thanks for this great recipe!
And this beautiful pictures!

Char said...

yummy...everyone said already...saffron for dessert???? Inspired.

Lisa said...

What a lovely flavor combination, Helen! I've used cardamom in lots of savory preparations and rice pudding, but never thought of using it in an ice cream, although I'd seen it on many a menu. Yours is stunning and creamylicious to the eye. I only wish I could taste!

Hayley said...

Cardamom is such a wonderful spice, and the addition of safron is so creative. Glad to hear you enjoyed your Easter!

Ana said...

Lovely and delicious, Helen!!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a great photo of the ice cream. I don't think I've ever had cardamom and saffron ice cream but I'm sure I could eat every bite.
Sam

Manggy said...

Ooh, and I have those spices sitting here! Looks refreshing (ahem, it's 29C here now-- higher in the morning) and delicious! I'm glad you kept the saffron when you were done with the shoot. Almost had a heart attack, lol :)

Ramya Kiran said...

That looks cool and i loved the combination of saffron, cardamom and pistachios. Great job!

Engineer Baker said...

My stomach dropped when I saw saffron just casually scattered around - good thing you reassured us it was all returned :) I never think to use saffron in sweet things, but I've begun a love affair with green cardamom - so wonderful!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A stunning combo! this ice cream looks mighty scrumptious!

What a beautiful house...

Cheers,

Rosa

cindy* said...

great post helen, and the ice cream sounds like the perfect accompaniment to such a lovely weekend! and i loved your kitchen tour over at jen's, that series was just fantastic!

Tartelette said...

I am neither made or money nor cavalier with delicate ingredients, so trust me, every thread of saffron was accounted for :)

soulflower said...

Do you have another email.I tried contacting you and the email was returned.

Esra said...

Oh, this looks mouthwatering..great combination of flavors :)

Cafe Johnsonia said...

I never would have thought to add saffron! We make cardamom ginger ice cream a lot. (Cardamom is my favorite spice...mmm.) My husband was talking about my last batch and asked me to make it again soon. I'm adding saffron. Brilliant.

Patricia Scarpin said...

You know I have been on an ice cream kick lately and, coincidently, I have both saffron and cardamom in my pantry... ;)

Tartelette said...

Soulflower: the comcast address is the right one.

Jen Yu said...

Well *I* think you should go dancing around the kitchen sprinkling saffron about as if it were rice at a wedding ;) ha ha ha! It's okay, we'll find something expensive and ridiculous to waste when you come visit me - right? And we'll take pictures and shock the hell out of your readers. ha ha ha... gah. I think you are brilliant. I love the combination. I don't have the guts to experiment as I'm pretty sure it would be a big FAIL. You rock it every time, hon.

anna said...

That sounds so good! It's not quite ice cream weather here but I wish it were. I really want to make more ice cream!

The Clever Pup said...

This sounds absolutely wonderful and the fact that I don't need an ice cream maker makes it perfect. I love this combination of flavours.

kellypea said...

I am a lover of cardamom, too, and have been straying off the beaten path with ice cream flavors in my tastes. This one sounds perfect since I can't get past your description of it making you "weak in the knees!"

Bron said...

Mmm I love saffron and cardamom in desserts as well, super post and what a laugh reassuring us that every thread of saffron made it back safely into the jar...hehe

Jo said...

What exotic flavours. It certainly reminds me of a Turkish dessert. Love the pictures and the vibrant colours.

Aparna said...

Looks delicious and reminds me so much of kulfi. And with hot summer days back again here in India, it's stuff like that will keep us going till the rains arrive.:)

Jackie @PhamFatale.com said...

It sounds absolutely divine. I've made saffron lemonade with cardamom pods in the past but never in the form of ice cream. I'll definitely give it a try. Oh and I love your little note at the end about saffron. You're right, it is SO expensive, better get every single saffron thread back in the jar hehe

Joyce said...

Hi Helen,

I have been craving ice cream lately maybe because the sun has been coming out on some days. This recipe sounds interesting with saffron. I will give this a try. xoxo

Chelsea said...

Ice cream is my absolute favorite! I love the photo of the ice cream in the little pail. I've made saffron honey ice cream, and cardamom with candied kumquat but never the combination of saffron and cardamom. It sounds, and looks fantastic!

Vanille said...

Il n'est pas recommandé de lécher l'écran d'ordinateur, n'est-ce pas ? Une exception, toutefois...
Les parfums de cette glace sont si alléchants !

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow i can feel the taste of cardamom in milk. I too bookmarked this recipe from Deeba's place....Sun is striking hard to tempt me to make this....Looks droolworthy...Yummy....

Mercotte said...

Comme toujours c'est un pur plaisir de passer chez toi !! l'atmosphère, le cadre, le photos, les recettes bref on ne s'en lasse pas !! bravo !

Recipe man said...

I had saffron ice cream years ago in india. this is so good. i longed for it. im sure to make this now

Dominique said...

Je n'ai jamais pensé associer cardamome et safran dans une glace! ce sera chose faite grâce à toi, j'essaie dès le week-end prochain! quelle bonne idée...

Y said...

Sigh. I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd love to be your neighbour! The ice cream sounds and looks delicious. I love saffron too, even if it rarely features in the things I bake. Time to rectify that soon, I'm sure!

Paula Maack said...

Oh, Helen! This rocks my socks off!!

I am so excited about your recipe. It looks perfect. And, your photos are absolutely delicious!

I have had this combination of flavors at Persian restaurants, but with rose water added. I am especially eager to try your version, as I have a feeling I will prefer it. While I enjoy all of the ingredients individually, I felt the combination of rose water and saffron to be somewhat disharmonious - elementally. Or, at least in the versions I sampled.

Your work is spot on, as always, Helen. It is always such a delight to visit your exquisite blog.

Cheers,

~ Paula

Mélanie said...

I got an ice cream maker this week-end, and i was just looking for the first recipe to try... Elle tombe à point!
Thanks a lot.

Aran said...

So fragrant and the whole mood of the photos is so relaxing. Stunning!

Tartelette said...

Kitchen Flavours: this is my friend Bina's modified recipe. Deeba's is for the traditional kulfi recipe which I plan to make later. Just wanted to add that in case there was any confusion if you made it.

veron said...

I can't wait to make this. Saffron is my favorite spice and it appears to pair well with cardamom based on a panna cotta I made some time ago.
Love the pictures!

unconfidentialcook said...

I've never considered using saffron in a dessert...but this sounds wonderful and a great creative combo.

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

Almost fell off my chair Helen...thanks for the mention. Gosh, your ice-cream & settings look beautiful. My son would have been on his knees gathering those scattered bits of saffron. He's recently learnt in school that saffron is the worlds most expensive spice, & thinks his mother is VERY RICH coz she uses it! I hope the bubble doesn't burst! HAPPY SPRING!!

pastry studio said...

I'm dying to taste this! I just made a saffron ice cream, but it must be so much more complex and interesting with cardamom. Like you, I love the taste and aroma of it. Thank you!

Helene said...

Wow, you know how to make me feel good to start the day. I just have to come here and look at your beautiful pictures.

Brittany (He Cooks She Cooks) said...

Lovely! Reminds me of a flavor at Mashti Malones Persian ice cream shop in LA.

Elra said...

I like your kitchen tour, and the spices clinging to the fridge. What a beautiful kitchen you have.

Cardamom ice cream sounds so delicious. Can't wait to make this in summer. As all of your photographs, everything here look beautiful as well.
Cheers,
elra

Juliana said...

Never heard of a such kind of ice cream...I am sure that has a very interesting flavor. Great picture!

Andrea [bella eats] said...

Helen - This recipe sounds divine! I haven't tried my hand at homemade ice cream yet but it is high on the list for this spring.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting, I'm beyond flattered. And I hope you do make it to LostRiverModern...it is a lovely "break and breathe" spotl

Ash said...

What a great weekend! I love cardamom!
Those little white pales are the cutest!!!

Celeste said...

Oooo...two of my favorite flavors...this combo sounds very interesting and delicious!

Nikkita said...

Truly inspiring, Helen :)

Tartelette said...

Ash: the white pail is actually a mini tin bucket that I spray painted and lined with parchment paper before putting the ice cream in.

Anonymous said...

Outstanding! The pictures, the flavors...amazing!
The center picture is like right out of a magazine article!
This is perfect ice cream anytime of the year. Thank you.

Jolene

gıda güncesi said...

very beautiful

Julia @ Mélanger said...

Looks delicious. I am a big fan of cardamom, too. I love the flavour of this fragrant spice in Scandinavian baking. I made some chocolate and cardamom hot cross buns for Easter. The combination was lovely. I am about to make some other Scandinavian bread this month now I have the taste back. :) You should try. My favourite is a Finnish bread called Pulla. Give it a go! If you like cardamom, you won't be disappointed. (P.S. Had the same trouble as 'Soulflower' re: your comcast email address....)

mycookinghut said...

Looks absolutely delicious!!

Tartelette said...

Julia: if you do a search you will see that I have already posted a couple of Swedish inspired breads using cardamom.

Thank you everyone!

Karyne said...

wow! ça donne envie! ça me rappelle le riz au lait à la cardamome servi dans une restaurant afghan à Rouen!!! Un vrai bonheur!

Miss Kate said...

At first glance, I read your title as "cardamom and salmon ice cream." Yikes!

I kept reading, though, and things got better. What a great flavor combination!

Parita said...

Wow I love the combination, looks absolutely delicious and creamy...:)

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Mmm love the combo. I'm a big fan of cardamom in desserts (and savoury dishes for that matter), and have used saffron in cakes before so I can almost picture the two together. Will have to try this soon.

MeetaK said...

Saffron and ice-cream make the most incredible dessert. I have always loved kulfi and remember the hot summers on our vacations in India when my grandmother would make all types of kulfi flavors.

You do not need kulfi moulds - i use Popsicle molds or plastic glasses - works perfectly.

Tartelette said...

Meeta: I know I don't *need* kulfi molds but I also always on the look out for new molds and props :)

Mermaid Sweets said...

How unusual but delicious sounding. Love the comment about the saffron not being harmed, ha!

laura said...

Cardamon and saffron!? What a fantastic combination. This recipe is reason enough to finally splurge on that ice cream maker!

Elyse said...

This ice cream sounds fabulous. Rich, creamy, flavorful. What more could you ask for? Glad no saffron had to be hurt in the photography of this ice cream :)

Sunshinemom said...

I remember how we used to freak out over these when we were kids and the kulfi vendor used to pass by on his cycle! They are so heavenly! Your pictures say it all:)

Bbq Dude said...

This looks crazy good. I'm going to try to make it today. Yum!

Caboche said...

I tried your recipe. Ice cream can't be better than this!!!

Thanks!

Published your recipe (translated in French) and a picure taken by me on my blog, with a link to your blog and this recipe (and a mention stating that it is your recipe).

If there is a problem with that, I will delete it without problem. I saw your copyright note after the publication, but don't know if translations containing some adjustments, are permitted.

Love your blog!

Helene said...

Caboche: thanks! Copyrights apply to pictures, not recipes.

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