Posted by: lisetta | March 10, 2010

Chocolate saffron gelato

Day one staycation pleasures today included morning yoga, a trip to Center City for fabulous lunch with friends, and creative musings in my own kitchen for a dinner party with more friends. A celebration of friendship and food: wish more days could be spent like this!

A few months ago, my friends Eric and Rich gave me a sac of saffron that they had bought in Morocco over the holidays. I jumped for joy, sniffed it for the high, put it in the cupboard and thought about it only after I was eating something it may have tasted good with. No more. Today I invented a new favorite: chocolate saffron gelato. It will seduce my future husband….at least in my mind. LOL.

Chocolate saffron gelato – gelato al zafferano e cioccolato

Beat two egg yolks and 1/4 cup of sugar until they’re pale and fluffy.

Melt 7-10 ounces of sweetened dark chocolate in a saucepan.

Slowly add 2 cups of light cream to the chocolate, whisking constantly.

Add a generous pinch of saffron threads. Powdered saffron would also work.

Slowly whisk in the egg yolks and cook until the custard thickens yet doesn’t boil.

Pour the mixture into a bowl, let cool, cover with saran wrap and put in the fridge to cool.

Spin it in the ice cream maker and wow your friends.

What I really like about this combination is that it is rich with flavors but not too sweet. I was worried that the saffron would be too subtle for the dark chocolate, but this wasn’t at all the case. Both flavors blended well. We ate them with mediocre madeleines I picked up from Center City. A sophisticated ending to a simple meal tonight. What will day two of my staycation have in store?

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Responses

  1. LOVE saffron and would have never thought of putting it with chocolate! Sounds great and so does the staycation – possibly the only way to get a restful break from work.

  2. Thanks, Vickie. I hadn’t thought of it before either, but encountered a chocolate cake with bananas in a saffron creme at Amada, a Jose Garces restaurant here in Philadelphia, and liked the flavor combination. The trick, I think, is to not sweeten very much. This was really a great combo!

  3. Did you try your gelato with bananas? That could be amazing.

  4. I didn’t, but think you are right! Maybe next time?


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