Money Mindful Meals: Saffron and Pistachio Ice Cream

This past week has been one heck of a week. Part of the week I was swamped with adult-stuff and the remaining part, I spent remembering what it was like to be in college again. My conclusion: college is awesome.When else do all the good parts of childhood and adulthood meet in one place?

…I can name one other “place”: Saffron and Pistachio Ice Cream. It combines the soft creaminess of  ice cream (which I used to stir into a melted, soupy cream when I was little) with sophisticated saffron and pistachios–a delicious intersection of childhood and adulthood.

While this recipe calls for some expensive ingredients, you can still stick to a budget by using limited quantities or by shopping smart. For instance, my Trader Joe’s saffron and store-brand pistachios only set me back $3.84. This costs more than my staple vanilla frozen yogurt. But if there’s anything I learned from college, it’s that the best things happen when you veer from the plan.

Alex Milling is a recent graduate of Northwestern University and loves dry red wines.


Saffron and Pistachio Ice Cream
Adapted from BBC-Food
Serves 4

Total Cost: $7.13
Cost Per Serving: $1.78


2 cups whole milk ($1.49)
1/4 teaspoon saffron ($1.50)
1 tablespoon cardamon (in stock)
6 egg yolks (in stock)
3/4 cups sugar (in stock)
1 1/2 cup whipping cream ($1.80)
1/2 cup pistachios, toasted, roughly chopped ($2.34)

Combine milk, saffron and cardamon in a sauce pan and bring to boil. Immediately after it begins to boil remove from heat.

In a bowl whip together yolks and sugar until pale and thickened.

Gradually whisk hot milk mixture into the yolk mixture. Return custard to the saucepan and cook over lower heat until custard is thickened, stir constantly, about 10-15 minutes. Strain into large bowl and chill in fridge for at least 2 hours.

Stir in whipping cream and pistachios. Churn in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to container and freeze.

Recipe Index Keywords:

Categories: Blog, Budget, Featured, and Recipes.
Cooking Method: Make Ahead and On the Stove.
Mealtime: Dessert.
I Don't Have Any: Money.
I'm Cooking For...: Dinner Party, Late Night Snack, and Summer.
Type of Food: Sweets.
I Don't Eat: Meat.

Originally posted on Thursday, July 26th, 2012

One Response to “Money Mindful Meals: Saffron and Pistachio Ice Cream”

  1. Edmonton Gazette

    March 4th, 2018

    That is cheap and delicious and really affarobe for students, Student don’t have lot of money is healthy and Delicious

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