Delicious Date ice cream (oriental style) – ICE CREAM NATION

Ever been blown away by a brand new ice cream? That occurred to me after I first tasted this oriental delight, primarily based on dates, goat’s milk and unique spices!

So – sit up on the magic carpet and let’s go!


On Dates and Date ice cream

Based on some historical tales, descendants of Noah planted the primary date palm within the oasis of Medina (in current-day Saudi Arabia) after the Flood. Noah or not, many contemplate the date palm to be native to the Persian Gulf, the place the dates – traditionally a staple meals – nonetheless are essential. And for many individuals, dates are the normal very first thing to eat when breaking the day’s quick throughout the month of Ramadan: not a foul alternative for replenishing vitality, since a totally dried date consists of as much as 70 p.c sugar!

– The date ice cream? Effectively, that’s your job to make!

From my (admittedly common and oversimplifying) put up on Oriental model ice cream, chances are you’ll keep in mind that completely different starches – quite than eggs – usually are used as stabilisers. This holds true additionally for this Date ice cream (or, in Arabic, Buza ‘Ala-Tamr). The recipe I’ve used comes courtesy of Anissa Helou: I first noticed it in her e-book “Candy Center East”, however it can be present in her newer “

Dates are, in fact, the central half right here. Whereas Helou recommends the Khlass or Bhari varieties, I can personally vouch for the good outcomes I obtained with Medjool dates! In a pinch, use no matter good and comfortable/semi-soft dates you may get maintain of! And since dates are so candy, you’ll discover that we received’t want so as to add that a lot additional sugar.

A number of the flavouring elements – dates, cane sugar, corn starch and rose water.

As for the dairy, I made a decision to not go “all-in goat” and in addition use goat’s cheese. Nonetheless, along with some crème fraiche, we will be utilizing goat’s milk. And even those that might really feel sceptic about goat’s milk ought to do that one out: this isn’t a “goat milk ice cream” – the numerous different flavours will be certain that it stays a harmonious a part of one thing larger than that!

[NB: If you cannot easily get hold of goat’s milk, do use a substitute (like cow’s milk), although the overall result will be different].

As for spices, we will probably be including cardamom, a bit of rose water, and a pinch of the world’s costliest one: saffron.

Saffron – nonetheless the world’s costliest spice. Fortunately, all we’ll want is a pinch!

Earlier than we begin, there may be one piece of kitchen tools that I actually advocate you’ve helpful: a good meals processor to course of the dates!

The making of the ice cream

Begin with the dates: take away any pits and put aside for now. We’ll quickly run the dates along with among the base within the meals processor!

Making the milk base is straightforward.

As we’ll use cornstarch as our primary stabiliser, begin by mixing it into about 100 ml (lower than half of cup) of chilly goat’s milk: what we need to keep away from is that the starch clumps collectively, and dispersing it in a bit of of the chilly milk is step one. Put this cornstarch/goat’s milk slurry apart for now: we’ll quickly add it to the remainder of the bottom.

Put the remaining goat’s milk, the sugar, and the saffron in a saucepan and convey to an almost-boil: to correctly “activate” the corn starch, we’ll must convey the bottom to about 95° C (203° F).

Now, whisk within the cornstarch-milk slurry.

Preserve the bottom on near-boil warmth for about 5 minutes, whisking often, till the bottom has thickened and no hint of corn starch flavour stays. Extended cooking (and stirring) will really cut back the “thickening” (stabilising) energy of corn starch, so be sure you keep away from that!

Due to the saffron, the bottom ought to by now even have taken on a pleasing, pale yellow color.

Take away from the warmth, add the rose water and the bottom cardamom and let quiet down.


Now, it’s time for the dates!

Put them – and the crème fraiche –  in a meals processor. Course of till clean: in case your meals processor is like mine, it is going to be simpler once you add a couple of cup or so (about 240 ml) of the cooled-down milk base.

Proceed processing the combo, probably including extra of the remaining milk base, till the entire combination is clean and quite creamy.


I didn’t have a very highly effective meals processor however with some dogged persistance, even my small machine ultimately managed to show the dates right into a clean and creamy remaining base.


Switch to a bowl, including any attainable remaining milk base. Whisk till properly blended – your date ice cream base is now prepared!


Effectively-processed and clean: the date ice cream base is prepared!

Ideally chill your base in your fridge for a few hours or in a single day. Then churn in your ice cream machine till completed!

No ice cream machine? Use your family freezer and still-freeze your ice cream (go to this put up for some helpful hints on easy methods to greatest do this!)


Churning the date ice cream


A luscious scope of date ice cream – able to please!

Oriental love at first style



As I discussed, this unique date ice cream actually blew me away: Magic carpets could also be briefly provide nowadays, however after I took a chunk and closed my eyes, I might simply think about myself savouring some luxurious delight straight out of “Arabian Nights”!

(Sure, I do know that ice cream as we all know it had not but been invented at the moment. However such minutiae wouldn’t actually pose a lot of an issue for genies and magic lamps, proper?)

Granted, I am typically keen on oriental flavours however what actually obtained me was the candy richness and complexity of all of it: the dates, the goat’s milk and the unique spices actually unite and make up one thing larger than simply the sum of their components. The feel and consistency of the ice cream can also be very good, even after a few days within the freezer. 

That is certainly a type of beautiful ice lotions that actually proves the reality in one in every of my favorite sayings:

“Life is best with ice cream!” 


Date ice cream (oriental model)



  • about 30 gram (1/four cup or four tablespoons) cornstarch
  • 720 ml (three cups) goat’s milk
  • 75 gram (about 2/5 cup) natural cane sugar
  • Pinch of saffron threads
  • 2 tablespoons rose water
  • 2 tablespoons floor cardamom
  • 340 gram pitted dates (Medjool is nice, though Khlass is meant to be the very best)
  • 200 ml (about ⅚ cup) crème fraîche [or goat’s cheese, if you prefer to go “all-in goat”]
  • (non-compulsory add-ons for the serving: a few tablespoons of slivered or chopped pistachios and/or some dried and unsprayed rose petals)
  1. Whisk the cornstarch into about 100 ml (lower than ½ cup) of chilly goat’s milk.
  2. Put the remaining goat’s milk, the sugar, and the saffron in a saucepan and place over medium warmth.
  3. Deliver to an almost-boil and slowly whisk within the cornstarch-milk slurry. Preserve the bottom on the warmth for about 5 minutes or so, whisking often, till it has thickened and no flavour hint of the corn starch stays.
  4. Take away from the warmth and add the rose water and the cardamom. Let quiet down.
  5. Put the dates and the crème fraiche [or goat’s cheese] in a meals processor. Course of properly, including about 240 ml (1 cup) or extra of the milk base, and proceed till the combination is creamy and clean.
  6. Pour in a bowl, including any remaining milk base, and whisk properly.
  7. Let chill in your fridge for at the very least a few hours and ideally in a single day.
  8. Churn in your ice cream machine (or, if in case you have none, still-freeze in your family freezer).
  9. Earlier than storing the ice cream in your freezer, pour in a freezer-safe container, cowl with plastic movie and placed on a lid.

The identify of the ice cream in Arabic is Buza ‘Ala-Tamr



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