Persian Saffron Rice Pudding (Shole Zard)

The history of this beautiful traditional dessert goes back to several hundred years ago, when it was served only on special occasions like the Persian New Year. Nowadays it´s a more common food in Iran, but still people tend to make it on special events and share it with friends or family. It might sound strange but in Iran it’s very common that some neighbor, that you may hardly know knocks on your door and gives you a big bowl of this delicious dessert. For free! This kind of free foods are called “Nazri“.
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Saffron Pound Cake with Lemon Caramel Sauce

Make this at Tru, slice it paper thin and then dry it in the oven to make sweet saffron crostini. We serve it with cinnamon creme brulee and almond risotto or passion fruit mousse.

Perfect Flourless Orange Cake

A beautiful moist light cake with complex and full flavors of oranges and orange peel. Super easy to make, and people love it! Serve in wedges with a mound of whipped cream or ice cream.

Figs – Saffron Ice Cream (Festive Dessert)

Mango Fool / Mango Parfait with Cardamom Whipped Cream and Saffron

Like any dessert aficionado, I appreciate a wide range of sweets, from delicate tarts to basic sheet cakes. That said, I prefer to leave the fancier stuff to the true experts. I’m happily content to bake this saffron pear cake and call it a day.