Saffron Ice Cream | Gelato Allo Zafferano

I have an abundance of saffron in my kitchen, from different parts of the world. My mom bought me some from Italy when they visited Tuscany. And this is the one I used to make my saffron ice cream.

Saffron Ice Cream
Saffron Ice Cream
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It is amazing how perspectives can differ between people. Despite having lost a close friend to this pandemic, I am not afraid. I worry about my parents getting sick. But I know that there is nothing I can do to control that. I have upped my sanitising regime to keep us as healthy as possible. And I have impressed upon my domestic worker that she needs to take care. Especially as her husband is quite old. The other day I got home from shopping and she came into the scullery to talk to me. I use the counters there to unpack my groceries, as they are sealed and easy to clean. She watched as I took the groceries out of the bag. And while I sprayed a cloth with sanitister and wiped everything down.

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She told me that she had not been doing that, but seeing what I did, she would do the same. Her exact words to me were “Tandy, this virus has taught us so much. How to keep ourselves and our things clean”. She is lucky to live in a proper home, but many people in her suburb live in shacks. They have no access to running water, and this virus has presented many problems to a lot of people. Many stone and mortar dwellings in rural South Africa do not have running water. Can you imagine trying to wash your hands for 40 seconds when you walk to collect water each day? Just the simple act of using sanitising spray and wiping down our groceries might affect the health of millions of people. And to take this awful illness as a learning experience and with such positivity makes me realise just how blessed I am.

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Saffron Ice Cream

You can use store bought condensed milk if you don't feel like making it from scratch
Recipe Category: Dessert
Makes enough for: 1 batch ice cream
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


For the condensed milk

  • 250 mls milk
  • 100 g fructose
  • 0.625 mls bicarbonate of soda

For the ice cream


For the condensed milk

  • Place the milk fructose into a sauce pan
  • Bring to the boil and immediately reduce the temperature
  • Leave on a low temperature setting to reduce, stirring occasionally
  • It should take about an hour to thicken
  • As soon as it thickens, take off the heat and stir in the bicarbonate of soda

For the ice cream

  • Weigh off the condensed milk into a bowl
  • Add the saffron and leave to infuse for 20 minutes
  • Pour the cream into a mixing bowl and whisk until stiff
  • Add the condensed milk and whisk to combine
  • Pour into a freezer proof container and freeze for at least 4 hours before serving
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13 thoughts on “Saffron Ice Cream | Gelato Allo Zafferano

  1. Your domestic is luckier than many, Tandy. We are also being careful like this. I visited my doctor at Sandton Clinic today for an annual checkup which I’ve already delayed for four months. He told me some awful stories about C-19. Quite scary.

    1. There are some terrible stories out there. I see my Doctor every 2 weeks and he has also told me some terrible ones. Hope all was OK with your check up 🙂

  2. Being without running water now would be so hard. I know some of the rural native American areas in this country have the same problem. I love saffron though and since it’s supposed to be anti-inflammatory probably a good add to the diet now.

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