Experimenting to find the perfect homemade ice cream recipe is a happy thing. We go through so many homemade ice cream recipes every summer that I have quite a stash. One we’ve played around with this year, while our Rugosa roses have been popping out all over the place, has been rose petal ice cream. Not only is this ice cream daintily pretty, its also happily healthy. So here’s a recipe for Rose Petal Ice Cream, for your dining pleasure this summer.
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Homemade Ice Cream Recipe
A homemade ice cream recipe will look pretty much the same as the next or, at least, have a great deal in common with each other. So learning to make quality homemade ice cream is not too hard. Here’s our article on how to make homemade ice cream like a boss for review but, basically, you need “milk” (milk, coconut milk, almond milk), something to sweeten it (raw sugar, raw honey, maple syrup) and your favorite add-in. The add-in is the thing that gives the homemade ice cream recipe some kick and makes it unique.
Our rugosa roses are so fragrant and lovely that we couldn’t resist tossing some into our homemade ice cream. We’ve been experimenting a lot lately with rose petals – rose petal tea, rose petal dye for wool and drying rose petals for potpourri. We loved the subtle flavor and sweet color of our rose petal ice cream and we hope you do, too. FYI, any rose petal will do but rugosas are what we have, so that’s what we used. Rugosa roses are particularly suited for sweets because their perfume is so strong and pleasing. The recipe is simple and you can use it in any home ice cream maker.
Homemade Ice Cream Recipe with Rose Petals
Don’t be afraid to experiment with this recipe a few times, adding things here and there as strikes your fancy.
- 1 cup rose petal tea*
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 cup cream
- 2/3 cup lactose (you can also use 1/3 cup organic cane sugar instead)
- 2/3 cup organic cane sugar
- 1 tsp organic beef gelatin
- Optional – 1 Tbls of beet juice or 4 Tbls of water simmered with a piece of beet for ten minutes.
- Mix all ingredients in a blender and put into ice cream maker canister.
- Follow all instructions for your ice cream maker.
* To make a simple rose petal tea that will infuse the flavor of the petals and a bit of the color into your ice cream, gather two cups of petals and put them into a small saucepan. Cover with 1 ¼ cup of water, place a lid on the pot and simmer over medium heat for about fifteen minutes. Make sure the water level stays constant and add more if you need to. You can either strain out the petals (which will have lost most of their color by now) or you can toss the whole caboodle into the blender.
Rose Petal Ice Cream Tips
You may want to reserve a few of your pinkest petals to add raw into this homemade ice cream recipe. Blend all the other ingredients and then, add a few raw petals and pulse until they’re chopped into smaller bit. This is totally optional and just for looks. The petals will give a pink tinge to the ice cream but if you want a deeper color, fiddle around with beet juice.
I do suggest you use the palest sugar you can find that isn’t table sugar, which no one on earth should ingest. Wholesome Sweeteners sells an evaporated cane sugar that’s pretty pale and I use it for this recipe so it doesn’t mess too much with the pink color of the ice cream. I usually use maple syrup or a dark, raw sugar for my ice creams – even raw honey is yummy – but they all color the ice cream.
To learn more about growing rugosa roses, please visit our article on the subject.
They’re my favorite rose because they grow like weeds, are gorgeous and produce the most delicious hips that are full of Vitamin C. Add rugosa rose petals to your homemade ice cream recipe and it will be like medicine, right?!