Saffron Cashew Ice Cream

2 2/3 Cups Plain Non-Dairy Milk

1/4 Teaspoon Saffron

3/4 Cup Roasted and Lightly Salted Cashews, Divided (1/4 cup blend in base, 1/2 chopped)

1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar

3 Tablespoons Light Agave Nectar

1 Tablespoon Arrowroot

2 Teaspoons Cornstarch

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

For starters, combine the non-dairy milk and saffron and let sit for 8 - 12 hours, or overnight to infuse.

Once the saffron has turned the "milk" a golden-yellow color after a nice, long soak, pour that liquid into the canister of your blender. Add 1/4 cup of the cashews along with the sugar, agave, arrowroot, and cornstarch. Roughly chop the remainder of the nuts and set them aside for later.

Blend on high speed until the nuts are completely pulverized and the whole mixture is completely smooth. This may take as long as 8 - 10 minutes if you're not using a high-powered model, so be patient. Pass the mixture through a fine strainer to filter out any remaining cashew pieces. Transfer the smooth base into a medium saucepan and begin to cook over moderate heat. Whisk periodically until it reaches a rapid bubble. Turn off the heat and add in the and vanilla. Cool and then let it sit in the fridge for at least 3 hours, until thoroughly chilled.

Churn in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. In the final 5 minutes of churning, introduce the remaining chopped cashews directly to the machine while it continues to spin, evenly distributing the pieces throughout the soft ice cream. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer for at least 3 hours, to fully solidify, before serving.

Makes About 1 Quart

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