Bastani

(Persian Saffron Ice Cream)

July: National Ice Cream Month

Before Highlander entered Islander’s life nearly three decades ago, she was friends at university with an Iranian-Persian Ph.D. student in the dorm. Ali M. used to joke and tell everyone that he would buy her hand in marriage with 12 white camels. She answered back that he could just buy her some ice cream! So they would walk off campus with a bunch of other dorm friends to an ice cream parlor and enjoy the frozen treats and everyone’s company. When Highlander moved into the same dorm a couple of years later, there were no hard feelings between him and Ali. In fact, he welcomed us in his physics lab where he was working on an experiment for his doctoral dissertation. And we all still went out to eat ice cream for a much needed study break afterwards! Always a funny guy, Ali said he wished the parlor could serve bastani as the 32nd flavor option. Bastani is a traditional Persian ice cream flavored with saffron, rosewater, cardamom and pistachios.

We do miss those dorm days and all our international university friends at the ice cream parlor. So we were happy to discover Persian and Middle Eastern restaurants where we now live and try bastani after all these years. Islander immediately searched for no churn bastani recipes and adapted one for our blog post. It is a delicious dessert to serve during the summer and throughout National Ice Cream Month.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (1 pint) heavy whipping cream, divided use, cold
  • saffron, generous pinch
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
  • 1/2 cup pistachio nuts, chopped
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

Directions

In a small bowl, place two tablespoons of whipping cream. Heat in the microwave for 15 seconds. Stir in some saffron threads, pressing on the side of the bowl to release its flavor and color. Stir in the rose water. Chop the pistachio nuts into small pieces.

In a large bowl, pour the condensed milk. Stir in the saffron mixture. Beat the remaining whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Fold into the condensed milk mixture.

Stir in the pistachios. Place in a loaf pan or ice cream container. Cover and freeze for at least six hours or overnight. Remove from the freezer. Scoop into dessert dishes or wafer cones or serve with wafer sheets.

Notes

  • Bastani is traditionally served with a wafer slice. The final food photo above shows a background of a wafer sheet that we bought at a Middle Eastern specialty grocery store. Bastani can be scooped in wafer ice cream cones for a similar taste.
  • Search our blog for other no churn ice cream recipes.

No-Churn Irish Cream Ice Cream

March 17: Feast Day of St. Patrick

Of all the liqueurs we like, Irish cream is our favorite. The strong Irish whiskey is totally toned down with sweet cream so it is more palatable to us who do not drink much alcohol. As we have been experimenting with flavors in our no-churn ice cream recipes, we decided to add Irish cream to the “trinity” of ingredients (after all, St. Patrick is associated with the teachings of the Holy Trinity). So try our no-churn Irish cream ice cream for a festive dessert on the Feast Day of St. Patrick!

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (1 pint) heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup Irish cream

Directions

Beat the cream until stiff peaks form. In a large bowl, mix the condensed milk with the Irish cream.

Fold the whipped cream into this mixture until smooth, being careful not to whip more air into it. Place in a loaf pan or ice cream container. Cover and freeze for at least six hours or overnight. Remove from the freezer. Scoop into cones or dessert dishes. Decorate with shamrock sprinkles (optional).

Notes

  • Shamrock sprinkles can be found at local cake supply shops.
  • Search our blog for other no-churn ice cream recipes as well as other Irish, Irish-inspired and green colored recipes for St. Patrick’s Day.

 

No-Churn Cherry Ice Cream

Cherry Ice Cream

 February: National Cherry Month

There was a little ice cream shop behind the tall fence of our Illinois townhome. We would have to walk down the pathway and around the back of the businesses to get to the ice cream shop. Then we discovered a shortcut when the fence had a few broken planks. It seemed the fence was vandalized or worn from the extreme weather—or a combination of both. On our summer strolls, we would take the shortcut to the ice cream shop before the fence got fixed and were able to get to our destination quicker and enjoy our ice cream. We would order our favorite flavors (chocolate and butter pecan) often but cherry ice cream was a close second! On our way back home, we walked off the weight from our indulgences.

Now we do not have the convenience of walking to an ice cream shop nearby. So we make our own ice cream at home. When cherries are in season, we take advantage of the fresh fruit and prepare it in a no-churn recipe. This cool treat warms our hearts during the month of Valentines and is perfect during National Cherry Month.

Recipe

(Adapted from Bon Appetit) 

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ – 2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and halved
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, granulated white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (cold)
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

Wash and dry the cherries. Pit and cut each cherry in half. Place them in a saucepan with the sugar and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until thick and syrupy (around 8-10 minutes). Remove from the heat and cool completely.

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In a mixing bowl, whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine the condensed milk with the almond extract.

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Gently stir in the cooled cherry mixture. Do not over mix; just fold until there is a ripple color effect and the cherries are distributed evenly in the cream. Place the mixture into a loaf pan or freezer safe container. Cover and freeze for at least six hours or overnight. Remove from the freezer. Let stand for a few minutes and scoop into cones or dessert dishes. Add a cherry on top (optional).

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Notes

  • Eat cherry ice cream during the summer when July is also National Ice Cream Month.
  • Search our blog for other ice cream recipes.

 

No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberry Ice Cream

January 15: National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

Strawberry ice cream is typically a summertime treat. But even in the middle of January, when the weather is warm in Hawaii and in the southern hemisphere, eating ice cream to cool off is a “berry” good idea. Turn the winter blues into something pretty in pink and make chunky no-churn strawberry ice cream in observance of National Strawberry Ice Cream Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from WRLA.com) 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (cold)
  • 1 cup pureed strawberries
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ – 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • a few drops of red food coloring (optional)

Directions

Beat the cream until stiff peaks form. Wash, dry and trim the tops off the strawberries. Puree the fruit. Chop additional strawberries and set aside.

Strawberry Ice Cream

In a large bowl, mix the condensed milk with the pureed strawberries. The mixture will turn pale pink. Fold the whipped cream into this mixture until smooth, being careful not to whip more air into it. Add a few drops of red food coloring and stir well until the desired color of pink is achieved (optional). Fold in the chopped strawberries until well blended.

Strawberry Ice Cream

Pour the mixture into a loaf pan. Cover and freeze for at least six hours or overnight. Remove from the freezer. Let stand for a few minutes and scoop into cones or dessert dishes. Enjoy immediately.

Strawberry Ice Cream

Notes

  • Add a teaspoon of strawberry extract to boost the strawberry flavor in this recipe. If using this extract, reduce the amount of red food coloring.
  • National Ice Cream Month is in July—just half a year away. Get a head start with making no-churn ice cream by searching our blog for more recipes!

No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

no churn vanilla ice cream

July 23: National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

A lack of an ice cream maker and Lactaid pills won’t prevent Islander from making and eating the quintessential summertime treat. Now that she has discovered how to make no-churn ice cream, she has begun to experiment with different flavors (recipes will be added to our blog). Vanilla ice cream was the first no-churn ice cream flavor that she tried. It is basic but the experiment turned out terrific! Her homemade version is just as sweet and creamy as the store-bought ice cream. No-church vanilla ice cream may be plain and simple but it is perfect for National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!

Recipe

(Adapted from Martha Stewart)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (cold)
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste)
  • 1 teaspoon bourbon (optional)

Directions

Beat the cream until stiff peaks form. In a large bowl, mix the condensed milk with vanilla and bourbon (if using). Fold the whipped cream into this mixture until smooth, being careful not to whip more air into it.

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Place in a loaf pan. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least six hours or overnight. Remove from the freezer. Let stand for a few minutes and scoop into cones or dessert dishes.

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Notes

  • Add 1-2 teaspoons bourbon to help prevent ice crystals from forming in the ice cream and to lessen some of the cloying sweetness.
  • We will keep adding other no-churn ice cream recipes to our blog as we experiment with other flavors.

No-Churn Peach Ice Cream

Peach Ice Cream 

July 17: National Peach Ice Cream Day

When Islander’s parents came to visit us from Hawaii a few years ago, we took a road trip to Fredericksburg, Texas, so we could tour the National Museum of the Pacific War. Fredericksburg is the hometown of the “admirable admiral” of the U.S. Navy, Chester W. Nimitz (1885-1966), after whom the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was named. Islander’s Daddy served aboard this ship during the 1970s. 

Fredericksburg is also famous for its peaches. After our visit to the museums and Main Street, we stopped into Das Peach Haus for a snack before heading back to San Antonio. We enjoyed sampling the peach products at the cute country cottage store.

We were inspired to try a no-churn peach ice cream recipe using peaches from Fredericksburg and the Texas Hill Country. The fresh fruit puree turned out “peachy keen” over the jarred baby food ingredient.

No-churn peach ice cream is a cool treat to eat during the hot summer days in Texas as well as on National Peach Ice Cream Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from WRLA.com)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (cold)
  • 1 cup pureed peaches, peeled and chopped
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon peach schnapps (optional)
  • a few drops of orange food coloring
  • peach slices to garnish (optional)

Directions

Beat the cream until stiff peaks form. Puree the peaches with peach schnapps (if using).

Peach Ice Cream

In a large bowl, mix the condensed milk with the pureed peaches. Fold the whipped cream into this mixture until smooth, being careful not to whip more air into it. Add a few drops of orange food coloring and stir well until the desired color of peach is achieved.

Peach Ice Cream

Place the mixture into a loaf pan. Cover and freeze for at least six hours or overnight. Remove from the freezer. Let stand for a few minutes and scoop into cones or dessert dishes. Garnish with peach slices (optional).

Peach Ice Cream

Notes

  • July is National Ice Cream Month! Search our blog for other ice cream recipes.

No-Churn Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

July: National Ice Cream Month

Have you ever taken one of those personality quizzes based on your favorite flavor of ice cream? One such test, an “ice cream flavorology study”, was developed by Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, the neurological director of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, Ltd., in Chicago, Illinois. National manufacturer Edy’s Grand Ice Cream commissioned him to determine how ice cream flavor preferences relate to people’s personalities.

Islander’s favorite flavor is butter pecan and Highlander likes chocolate (see our blog post recipe for no-churn chocolate ice cream). We read Dr. Hirsch’s amusing analysis of our personalities based on the ice cream flavors we chose and, while they do fit us, we do not feel bound to those descriptions, as we enjoy eating other flavors of ice cream, depending on our moods.

During National Ice Cream Month, have some fun and take the personality test. And while you’re at it, enjoy eating some homemade no-churn butter pecan (or other favorite flavor) ice cream from the recipe provided below. Stay cool!

Recipe

(Adapted from Noreen’s Kitchen)

Ingredients

  • 1 cups pecans (chips, pieces or half nuts), toasted
  • 2 cups heavy cream, whipped
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon butter extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Directions

In a small pan, toast the pecans, being careful not to burn them. Let cool and set aside. Whip the cream until stiff peaks form. In a large bowl, pour the condensed milk.

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Stir in the melted butter, maple syrup and extracts.

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Add the salt. Fold in the whipped cream and toasted pecans and blend well. Pour mixture into a large loaf pan, cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight. Remove from the freezer, scoop and enjoy!

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Notes

  • National Ice Cream Day is also celebrated on the third Sunday of July.
  • Search our blog for other no-churn ice cream recipes.