Rose Ice Cream

Home-made Rose Ice Cream

I first came across Rose Ice Cream about ten years ago on a family holiday to Alnwick Castle Garden in Northumberland. The castle is famous for its wonderful, dramatic modern garden which includes a large area devoted to scented roses. When we visited, they were selling rose-flavoured ice-cream with a flavour based on the old-fashioned roses in the garden. I loved the ice-cream and, as soon as I got home, set about trying to make a home-made version. If you love gardens, I would recommend a visit to those at Alnwick Castle which also include a cascade of 120 water-jets, an area devoted to poisonous plants and an extraordinary tree-house which is the location for a very fancy restaurant.

Maybe because I first had Rose Ice Cream in Alnwick, I associate it with an English summer garden. There are a few recipes for Rose Ice Cream which have a more exotic twist, including pistachios or almonds, and having a 1001 Nights vibe, but this is definitely a traditional English version.

Edible flower recipes – rose, lavender and elderflower

As is probably obvious from the title of this blog, I love using floral flavourings in my cooking. For rose-lovers, there are recipes for Rose and Strawberry Cream Cake and Rose and Raspberry Pavlova. Lavender-lovers might like the recipes for Lavender Ice Cream, Lavender Cake and Lavender Shortbread and Honey Cream Tea with Lavender Scones. For elderflower-lovers, there are recipes for Elderflower Ice Cream, Gooseberry and Elderflower Sorbet and Elderflower and Lemon Cupcakes.

You only need the egg yolks for this recipe which means you will have spare egg whites.  As I hate waste, I pretty much always make Meringues when I make ice-cream as, very conveniently, my Meringue recipe requires four egg whites. If you are in a rose-loving mood, you could make Rose Meringues!

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Rose Ice Cream

Rose Ice Cream

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6 1x
  • Category: Ice Cream
  • Cuisine: English

Description

This Rose Ice Cream is a lovely summer recipe which combines the floral taste of rose with fresh cream.


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Ingredients

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 85 g caster sugar
  • 425 ml double cream
  • 1 tablespoon of culinary rosewater
  • A few drops of red food colouring (optional)


Instructions

  1. Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar in a bowl until the mixture looks paler and resembles a mousse.
  2. Put the cream in a saucepan and heat gently. Do not allow to boil – it will be the right temperature when you are just about able to bear to dip a finger in it!
  3. Pour the cream into the bowl containing the egg yolks and sugar, whisking all the time.
  4. Transfer the combined mixture into a bowl set over a pan of simmering water or, ideally a double-boiler, as you need to reheat it very gently.
  5. The mixture will gradually thicken until it looks like a custard (which is what it is).  Stir regularly to make sure it does not stick while it is thickening.
  6. Remove the thick custard from the heat and transfer into a bowl. 
  7. Add the rosewater to the custard.  If you wish, stir in a few drops of red food colouring so that your ice cream will be pink.  If you don’t do this, your ice-cream will be cream-coloured but will still taste the same!
  8. Allow to cool to room temperature and then transfer to the fridge to become thoroughly chilled.
  9. When you are ready to make the ice-cream, transfer to your ice-cream maker and use according to your machine’s instructions.  If you do not have an ice-cream maker, you can place the mixture in a freezer-proof container, put in the freezer for several hours until half-frozen.  Whisk the mixture and then return to the container and replace in the freezer until totally frozen.

Notes

You only need the egg yolks for this recipe which means you will have spare egg whites.  As I hate waste, I pretty much always make Meringues when I make ice-cream as, very conveniently, my Meringue recipe requires four egg whites.

If you want to go for a full-on rose theme, you can decorate your ice-cream with Crystallised Rose Petals.

Keywords: rose, rose ice cream, rose recipe

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Pretty in pink – Rose and Raspberry Pavlova

Rose and Raspberry Pavlova

Get in touch with your girly side with this pretty-in-pink Raspberry Pavlova.   Sometimes, even the least girly of us (and I include myself in that description) feel  a need to embrace pink.  If you feel a girly mood coming on, this Raspberry Pavlova, with delicate pink rose-flavoured meringue could be the answer!

Raspberry and rose is a classic flavour combination.  In this Pavlova, the meringue is flavoured with rosewater and topped with whipped cream and fresh raspberries.   The slightly sharp flavour of the raspberries is an excellent contrast with the sweetly floral meringue.

Pavlova is my go-to dessert for celebrations of all kinds.  It is very easy to make, can be prepared in advance,  looks impressive and is not too heavy so is perfect as a summer dessert.    If you like the recipe for this Raspberry Pavlova, you may also like my classic Pavlova , my Rose Meringues and my classic Meringues.

If you are making any of my meringue-based recipes, you might also check out my ice-cream recipes such as Lavender Ice-creamThyme Ice-cream with Honey and Mascarpone  or  Elderflower Ice-cream. You need four egg whites for this recipe which means you will have four spare egg yolks.  As I hate waste, I pretty much always make some form of ice-cream when I make any type of meringue.  Very conveniently, all my ice-cream recipes require four egg yolks.

Rose and Raspberry Pavlova

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Raspberry Pavlova, Rose Pavlova

Raspberry and Rose Pavlova

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: for 6 people 1x
  • Category: Meringues
  • Cuisine: English

Description

Pretty and pink, this Raspberry Pavlova, has a wonderful rose-flavoured meringue base topped with whipped cream and fresh raspberries.


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Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • Pinch of salt
  • 225 caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon culinary rosewater
  • A few drops of red food colouring (optional)
  • 300 ml double cream
  • As many raspberries as you like!
Rose Pavlova
Rose Pavlova – pink meringue base

Instructions

  • Set your oven to 140 C/275 F/Gas Mark 1.
  • Whisk the egg whites with salt until they form stiff peaks.
  • Add two tablespoons of sugar and continue to whisk until combined and the mixture is thick and glossy.
  • Fold the rest of the sugar, the cornflour, the lemon juice, the rosewater and the food colouring (if using) into the whisked egg whites.
  • Cover a baking sheet with baking parchment or silicon paper.
  • Spoon the egg white mixture onto the baking sheet to form a large circle or oval.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 1 hour until the exterior of the meringue is hard to the touch.
  • Allow to cool.
  • When ready to serve, whisk the double cream until it forms soft peaks and then spread it on top of the meringue base.   Arrange the raspberries on top.
Rose Pavlova
Rose Pavlova – ready for raspberries!

Notes

  • If you want the Pavlova to be pink, you will need to add a little red food colouring.   This is optional – if it is not pink, it will still taste the same!

Keywords: pavlova, raspberries

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Rose Meringues

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Rose meringues

Rose Meringues

I would not say that I am a particulary girly person.  However, sometimes, the mood hits me to make something pretty and pink and Rose Meringues is my go-to recipe.

These lovely rose flavoured meringues are a delicate shell pink.  They are crisp on the outside and gooey inside and I like to serve them sandwiched together with billowing whipped cream.  I think Rose Meringues go particularly well with raspberries, which have a strong slightly tart flavour that complements their sugary floral taste.  Dark pink raspberries also look pretty with the pale pink meringues.  If you have a few rose petals to strew around on the plate, so much the better!

My meringue recipe needs four egg whites and my basic ice-cream recipe needs four egg yolks.  Therefore, as I hate waste, when I make meringues I generally make ice-cream too.   If you are making these meringues and want to make ice-cream too (and why not, frankly?), there are lots of lovely home-made ice-cream recipes that you could try such as Elderflower Ice-creamRhubarb Curd and Rose Ice-cream or Mango and Lime Ice-cream.

 

Rose meringues

Rose meringues

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Rose flavoured meringues

Rose Meringues

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 24 medium sized meringues 1x
  • Category: Meringues
  • Cuisine: English

Description

These pretty pink meringues are flavoured with rose and accompanied by fresh raspberries and whipped cream.


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Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons rosewater
  • A little pink food colouring (optional)
  • 225 g caster sugar

Instructions

  1. Set the oven to 140 C/275F or Gas Mark 1.
  2. Cover two baking sheets with baking parchment. Spread a very thin film of flavourless oil, such as rapeseed oil, on the baking parchment (the best way is to rub it over the parchment with your fingers and then remove the excess with a piece of kitchen towel).
  3. Whisk the egg whites with the salt until they form soft peaks.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of the sugar, 2 teaspoons of rosewater and a little food colouring (if using)  to the egg whites and whisk again until very stiff and shiny.
  5. Fold in the rest of the sugar.
  6. Spoon the mixture onto the baking parchment.  You can make your meringues small, medium or large depending on the size spoon you use – teaspoon, dessert spoon or tablespoon.
  7. Place the baking tray in the oven and bake until they are hard on the outside but still gooey in the middle.  This will take between an hour and an hour and a half.
Rose flavoured meringues
Rose meringues

Keywords: meringue, rose

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Rose and Strawberry Cream Cake

Rose and Strawberry Cream Cake

I created this Rose and Strawberry Cream Cake for a family birthday.    My brief was to produce a simple Victoria Sandwich cake with jam and cream with no “funny stuff” (why do my family always say this….?).   I tried very hard to stick to the brief and started off with a classic strawberry-and-cream Victoria Sandwich cake but, inevitably, I got enthused by the possibilities of adding an element of rose (strawberry and rose – such a great combination!).

My efforts resulted in a lovely buttery  Victoria sponge cake,  sandwiched together with strawberry and rose-flavoured jam and billowing cream, and adorned by romantically-strewn rose petals.  I was very proud until my daughter said to me “It’s not the most masculine of cakes, is it?” and I was struck by the realisation that perhaps my hearty, hill-walking husband might not be as enthusiastic about the rose petals as I was….. Luckily, he tends to focus on how things taste and was quite happy with his rather girly looking cake.  (And as one of my sons, quite rightly, commented, “you need to break those gender stereotypes, mum…!”).

I made some Crystallised Rose Petals to decorate the cake because I think they are beautiful.  They are very easy to make but you do need to make them the day before so that they have time to dry off.   I also used my home-made Strawberry and Rose Geranium Jam in this cake but, if you don’t have the time or inclination to make this,  you can flavour ordinary strawberry jam with .

Victoria Sandwich
Rose and Strawberry Cream Cake

Equipment

2 x 21 cm or containers

Victoria Sandwich
Rose and Strawberry Cream Cake

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Victoria Sandwich

Rose and Strawberry Cream Cake

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: serves 8 to 10 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: English

Description

This is a show-stopping cake which brings together the English summer tastes of strawberry and rose together with cream and buttery sponge.


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Ingredients

For the cake:
  • 450 g butter (softened)
  • 450 g caster sugar
  • 8 eggs
  • 450 g self-raising flour
  • 7 tablespoons of milk
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
  • 1 teaspoon of rosewater
For the sandwich filling:
For the topping

Instructions

Method:  Cake

  1. Set your oven to 180 degrees centigrade or Gas Mark 4.
  2. Cream the butter with the sugar.  (I usually soften the butter for about 30 seconds in the microwave first as it makes it much easier!)
  3. Gradually add the eggs to the butter and sugar mixture.  If it looks as if it is going to curdle, add some of the self-raising flour.
  4. Once the eggs have been incorporated add the rest of the self-raising flour.
  5. Add the milk,  vanilla extract and rosewater.
  6. Grease your Victoria Sandwich tins or containers and then add the cake mixture.
  7. Bake your cakes in the oven for around 35 minutes.  They are done when they are golden brown, springy to the touch and have shrunk away from the edge of the tin.  You can test this by inserting a skewer in the middle of the cake – if it comes out cleanly with no mixture attached, your cake is done.
  8. Allow your cakes to cool on a rack before removing them from the tins or containers.

Method:  Filling and topping

  1. Spread the rose-flavoured strawberry jam over the top of one of your cakes.
  2. Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks.  Spread it on top of the jam.  Then place the other cake on top.
  3. Put the icing sugar in a sieve and sift it over the top of the assembled cake.
  4. Decorate the cake with Crystallised Rose Petals.
  5. In the (unlikely) event that there is any cake left over, this needs to be stored in the fridge due to the cream icing.  It will keep for a couple of days but, like all sponge cakes, it tastes better when it is freshly made.

Keywords: rose and strawberry cake, victoria sandwich, cream

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Crystallised Rose Petals

It is early summer, the roses are blooming and it is time to make Crystallised Rose Petals!  I love using edible flowers in my cooking and roses are one of my favourites as they smell wonderful and come in some many fantastic colours –  ruby red, crimson, shell pink, soft yellow, pure white…. There is something very romantic and decadent about strewing rose petals over your home-made cake or dessert!

These sugary petals are really easy to make providing you have access to flowers that you know have not been treated with any chemicals.  If you have roses in your garden, or have a kind friend or neighbour who does, you are all set!  Don’t use roses that are sold as cut flowers as they probably will have been chemically treated.

You can crystallise any kind of edible flower.  It has the effect of both preserving the petals – if you don’t do this, they wilt very quickly – and also making them taste sweet and sugary!

It is very easy to make Crystallised Rose petals, in fact it is a great activity to do with children. However,  if you are planning on using them to decorate a cake or pudding, you do need to make them the day before to allow them time to dry.

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Rose petals

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Crystallised Rose Petals

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Crystallised flowers

Crystallised Rose Petals

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Category: Baking ingredients
  • Cuisine: English

Description

Sugary Crystallised Rose Petals look beautiful as a decoration on cakes and puddings and add a delicious rose flavour.

 


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Ingredients

  • Petals from 34 roses
  • 1 egg white
  • Caster sugar

Instructions

  1. Wash the rose petals and dry gently using kitchen paper.
  2. Paint each petal with egg white and then dip it into the caster sugar.
  3. Place on the cake rack to dry and harden.  This will take about 24 hours.
  4. Use to decorate cakes or puddings.

Notes

Make sure that you use rose petals that have not been treated with any chemicals.  The best place is from your garden as you will know what has been used on the roses.   Don’t use shop-bought roses unless they are specifically designated as being for culinary use.

The flavour will be better if you use strongly scented roses.

Keywords: crystallised rose petals

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Rose petals

 

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