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?