It is no secret that I have always enjoyed Valentine’s Day. Even before I ever fell in love, I always thought it was a fun day. For me Valentine’s Day hasn’t been so much about romantic love but a day to spread a little extra love and joy to friends and family. Handmade cards and sweets have always played a part. Romance is certainly good too.
I think the fact that I love to bake and have a sweet tooth might also have something to do with it. A day that celebrates all things sweet? Count me in!
My mom and I have baked all manner of heart shaped sweets together over the years. I particularly remember baking and decorating heart sugar cookies and white cupcakes with chopped maraschino cherries folded in with a hint of almond extract. I am happy to report that our tastes have been refined over the years to prefer such combinations as strawberries and rosewater. But those cupcakes did have their own charm.
A dear friend of mine, Michelle Fattore is a fantastic chef and very talented pastry chef. The two of us share a love of food and photography and have been wanting to work on something together for a while. It so happens that Michelle is a bit of a romantic too and when I mentioned Valentine’s Day and the possibility of ice cream sandwiches she was on board.
Her brain started spinning and she came back to me with a beautiful flavour combination that involved saffron, cardamom and white chocolate cookies and a strawberry rosewater ice cream. I love all of these flavours so it was a big yes from me. It is every bit as magical as it sounds. The stuff that rosy dreams are made of.
Michelle was very kind to share the ice cream recipe with me for the blog. While the cookies were outstanding, they were a little heavy on the saffron and Michelle felt they could use a little more perfecting in the kitchen. Perhaps we will revisit that recipe down the road but the ice cream is something special for sure. It is perfect all on its own or you could sandwich it between the cookie of your choice. The strawberry flavour is prominent and the rose water is subtle, coming through just at the end.