Saffron and Rosewater Ice-cream

September 20, 2017
Delicious and exotic flavours of Saffron and rosewater ice-cream.

Soft Persian ice-cream

A great way to greet spring with this delicious Saffron and Rosewater ice-cream :D

Saffron Ice-cream also known as Persian ice-cream has quite a unique flavour, the floral aroma comes from adding rosewater and that hint of unique delicate saffron taste.

Saffron and rosewater goes well together without one overpowering the other.

saffron ice-cream in a tub
Saffron and rosewater ice-cream is delicious.

Our first taste of Saffron and Rosewater ice-cream was in a Persian restaurant in the city.
We were there to celebrate my birthday early this year.

The Persian food we ordered were superb but the highlight was the dessert. The saying "Saving the best for last" was spot on! 

We were smitten with the unique and delicate taste of saffron and rosewater. 

Rosewater and saffron gelato

Wanting to re-create the taste at home, so we can enjoy as many scoops as we like... I turned to Google!

Found a good recipe of Saffron and rosewater ice-cream recipe from My Persian Kitchen
Go to her webpage for step  by step to make this gorgeous ice-cream.
My Persian Kitchen method wasn't laborious to make, but I just could not wait for 48 hours to have this saffron and Rosewater again.

So I mixed/ cooked everything (See recipe below) and only refrigerate the custard ready to be churned in the ice-cream maker the next day.

Will I make it again?

Oh yes... :D

What I like about this ice-cream, apart from the great taste, is the texture. Its soft, not icy, easy to scoop even though the ice-cream tub was in the freezer for more than 48 hours under minus 4 degree Celcius.

Saffron and rosewater ice-cream, texture is as soft as Italian gelato.

Yield: 1.5 litre

Saffron and Rosewater Ice-cream

Delicious and exotic ice-cream flavours of rosewater and saffron. Its also known as Persian Ice-cream.


  • 600 ml thickened cream
  • 600 ml full cream milk
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 5 tablespoons rosewater
  • 100-105g egg yolk (lightly whisk)
  • 5 pinches of saffron
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  1. Combine saffron and 1 teaspoon of sugar in mortar and pestle. Grind saffron and sugar into powder.
  2. In a medium size pot, heat milk and cream on low heat (do not let it boil)
  3. Add sugar and stir to dissolve.
  4. Scoop 1 cup of the warm milk and cream mixture and pour in a thin stream into the lightly beaten egg yolk and whisk at the same time.
  5. Then transfer or pour the egg-milk mixture into the pot again. Remember to keep on whisking!
  6. Sieve the egg-milk/cream mixture into a heat proof bowl.
  7. Pour the sieved mixture back into the pot.
  8. Add rosewater and pounded (grinded) saffron powder.
  9. Keep on stirring the mixture on low to medium heat (not to boil), until it thickens.
  10. Pour out into a heatproof bowl.
  11. Place a piece of cling wrap/ Gladwrap directly onto the mixture, to avoid skin from forming.
  12. Refrigerate overnight.
  13. Don't forget to freeze the ice-cream bowl (ice-cream maker) overnight or as per manufacturer's instruction
  14. Next day, churn using ice-cream maker (as per manufacturer's instruction)
  15. Freeze at least 4 hours before serving.
  16. Serve with some crushed pistachios.
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Saffron and rosewater ice-cream recipe. Its delicious, its exotic ice-cream and it is also known as Persian Ice-cream.  And the texture is as soft as Italian gelato.


  1. Wow!!! this Saffron and rosewater ice-cream tempting me a lot. Thanks for sharing the post.

  2. This looks amazing
    Can you make it without an ice cream maker?

    1. Thank you Rania,
      I have not tried making without one yet :(


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