Iranian traditional ice cream, also known as Bastani Sonnati, is a dessert that has been a part of the country’s rich culinary heritage for centuries. It’s a creamy, sweet, and flavorful treat that has been enjoyed by generations of Iranians and has become a staple of the country’s cuisine.
The ice cream is made from a unique blend of ingredients, including milk, sugar, rose water, saffron, and pistachios. The rose water and saffron give the ice cream its unique flavor and aroma, while the pistachios add a crunchy texture. The mixture is slowly churned and frozen to create a smooth and creamy consistency that is hard to resist.
The presentation of Iranian ice cream is another unique aspect that sets it apart from other ice cream varieties. It’s often served in a tall glass with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top, giving it a warm and inviting appearance. Iranians also use a special utensil called an “ezar” to serve the ice cream, which has a long handle and flat surface, making it easy to scoop and serve.
Iranian ice cream is typically enjoyed during the hot summer months, but it’s a treat that’s enjoyed all year round. It’s a popular dessert for special occasions, such as weddings and celebrations, and is also commonly served at local ice cream shops and cafes. Whether it’s served as a refreshing dessert on a hot summer day or as a sweet ending to a delicious meal, Iranian ice cream is a treat that’s sure to satisfy.
In addition to its delicious taste, Iranian ice cream is also steeped in cultural significance. It’s a staple of the country’s cuisine and is often enjoyed as a symbol of national pride. The blend of flavors and cultural significance make Iranian ice cream a standout treat that’s not to be missed. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, trying Iranian ice cream is a must-do experience that will leave a lasting impression.
Here the best simple recipe of Traditional Iranian ice cream (Bastani sonnati) :
Ingredients (for 2-3 persons):
|full fat milk||4 cups|
|Sugar||1 and half cups|
|Rosewater||1/3 of cup|
|brewed saffron||1 spoon|
|pistachio slices||2 spoon|
|cream (Breakfast cream)||1 spoon|
Mix sugar and salep . Put a medium size pot on the oven and add the milk into it. the heat should be gentle ,wait till milk boil, then add mixture of sugar and salep. Try to mix them well .
Add rose water and saffron to the pot, mix ingredients well for 30 seconds.
Turn off oven and let the mixture cool down.
When the mixture inside the pot cooled down completely, pour it into a steel bowl, then put it in refrigerator for 2 hours .then bring out the steel bowl. Till this step, ice cream is almost ready.
Stir freezed ice cream with electric blender with low speed for 1 minute.
Put ice cream back into refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Bring out ice cream and stir it again for 1 minute with electric mixer with low speed.
Repeat step 4 for 7-8 times.
Pour breakfast cream on parchment paper, spread it and put it in refrigerator till it becomes hard layer- usually 1 hour is perfect to see a good hard layer of cream.
Then, break the cream layer by a small hammer or spoon .and add pistachio slices on it. then put the cream slices with pistachio slices on ice cream.
Bring back ice cream with cream peaces on it to the refrigerator for 12 hours.
Bring out the ice cream, Traditional Iranian ice cream is ready.
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