Here’s a healthy, homemade ice cream recipe made with rose petals. It’s naturally dyed and uses natural sugars with a creamy yet dainty flavor. Perfect for tea parties and fairy celebrations. A true summer recipe!
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How do You Make Homemade Ice Cream From Scratch?
The first thing you need to make homemade ice cream from scratch is an ice cream maker. We have a whole article on how to make homemade ice cream step by step – it’s not difficult, I promise!
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Briefly, other items you’ll need are:
- Some kind of “milk” (milk, coconut milk, almond milk)
- Sweetener (raw sugar, raw honey, maple syrup)
- Your favorite add-in like chocolate chips, mint oil or rose petals
What Kind of Roses Do I Use for Ice Cream?
You can use any kind or color or rose petals but we prefer our rugosa roses because they are so fragrant and lovely. Rugosa roses are particularly suited for sweets because their perfume is so strong and pleasing.
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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?!
Like I said, you can use any rose petal but smell them first to make sure you like the scent. Scent and taste are closely linked!
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. This recipe calls for making a rose petal tea (directions are in the recipe), but you can also use a homemade rose syrup.
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- 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.
- Then, add a few raw petals and pulse until they’re chopped into smaller bits.
- 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, make a beet juice dye:
- Chop 3 Tablespoons of fresh beets
- Cover with water in a saucepan
- Bring to a boil
- Allow to Cool
- Add to the ice cream while it’s mixing 1 Tbsp. at a time until desired color is reached
Additionally, I 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 change 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.
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