Bastani akbar mashti!
Looking for an exotic tasting ice cream? Try bastani akbar mashti! Persian rose water/pistachio/saffron ice cream. This is a great dessert & so different from the usual vanilla, chocolate fudge brownie or coffee flavored ice cream Americans are used to. You can purchase it at any Middle Eastern grocery store for about $8 or you can make it yourself - it's so easy.
Here's what you'll need:
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream (I used President's Choice (Fred Meyer) Double Vanilla)
1/3 cup whipping cream
1/2 tsp ground saffron
2 Tbs (1/8 cup) rose water
1/3 cup slivered pistachios
Have all your ingredients ready to go. Place the ice cream in a large mixing bowl. Let it soften for about 15-20 minutes in the fridge. DO NOT let the ice cream become too liquid or too soft!!
|Rose water & saffron - you can purchase these at any grocery store.|
Fun fact: try substituting 1 tsp of rose water instead of vanilla in
your sugar cookie dough. ☺
|Add the whipping cream, rose water & saffron to the ice cream. Mix well.|
|Add the pistachios.|
|Pour into small bowls or containers & immediately place in the freezer. Done!|