Rose ice cream

Yield: 1 Batch

Measure Ingredient
1½ cup Whipping cream
1½ cup Milk
⅔ cup Sugar
3 Egg yolks
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
2 tablespoons Rose-scented geranium leaves; chopped
1½ cup Rose petals*
1 teaspoon Rose water or up to 3
2 tablespoons Pink rose petals**

*Loosely packed; white bases removed ** white bases removed; chopped In a heavy 2-quart saucepan or double boiler over medium-low heat, stir and heat the cream, milk, and sugar until the sugar dissolves.

Do not boil.

In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks lightly. While whisking, pour 1 cup of the hot cream mixture into the bowl, then pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan and place over medium-low heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon (don't let the mixture boil; it could curdle) for about 8 minutes, or until it begins to thicken and coats the spoon. To test for doneness, dip a metal spoon into the mixture and run your finger across the back. The custard is done when your finger leaves a clear, clean trail. A candy thermometer should read 175-180 degrees F. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

Stir the chopped rose-scented geranium leaves and the 1½ cups of rose petals into the hot prepared ice-cream base. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (the longer it is refrigerated, the stronger the flavor will be). Strain the mixture and add rose water to taste, if desired. Stir in the chopped rose petals. Pour the mixture into an ice-cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Source: "The Herb Companion" August/September 1996

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