As Thanksgiving quickly approaches I thought to share one of my favorite Persian desserts called Firnee. It’s a creamy rose water and cardamom custard so simple in terms of its list of ingredients yet so deliciously potent in flavor. A great side dessert to have amongst the rest of them on your Thanksgiving tablescape. Firnee can be served warm, at room temperature, or served cold out of the refrigerator. With the winter months among us there is something so soothing to me about feasting on this dessert warm.
I have seen many variations of this Firnee recipe. The recipe I followed below turned out so delicious so I am just reposting it here for you guys. The great thing about this dessert is that you can improvise the ingredients to your palette and it will still taste delicious. While I love sugar, cardamom, and rose water, I prefer to not use too much of it all at once since they are all very strong flavors. In following this recipe below, I didn’t add as much sugar as the recipe calls for and I used 2% milk instead of whole milk.
Recipe repost from the Tasty Kitchen:
- 2-¼ cups Whole Milk
- 1 cup Sugar
- 4 Tablespoons Cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cardamom
- 1 teaspoon Rose Water
- 4 Tablespoons Pistachios, Finely Ground
- 12 whole Pistachios, For Garnish
1. Heat milk in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat.
2. In a small cup, mix cornstarch with a few tablespoons milk. Stir to create a smooth, gravy-like consistency. This is called a cornstarch slurry.
3. Add cornstarch slurry, sugar, cardamom, and rose water to the saucepan. Stirring constantly, heat mixture until it thickens and a few bubbles break through the surface.
4. Remove from the heat and ladle into serving dishes. This recipe will fill 4 small ramekins.
5. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing lightly onto the pudding. This prevents a skin from forming on the custard.
6. Refrigerate and cool completely. Sprinkle with ground pistachios, decorate with 2-3 whole pistachios, and serve.
Hope you guys find this recipe as delicious and as easy I do. Wishing you and yours and very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!