Lavender Rose Ice Cream

With this recipe, my transition into Official Old Lady is complete.

Lavender Rose Ice Cream |

The truth is, I’ve had old lady tendencies my whole life.  One of my favorite hobbies is talking scornfully about kids these days, and I’ve been yelling at (proverbial) punks to get off my (proverbial) lawn for at least the last decade. I’m basically one Matlock episode shy of a nursing home. However, nothing says “little old lady” like a fondness for food that tastes like lotion smells.

Lavender Rose Ice Cream |

I used to be staunchly anti-floral anything. But gradually—I don’t know when this shift occurred—I changed my mind. I think it started when I made a batch of raspberry-rose truffles. “These aren’t so bad,” I thought. “In fact…they’re quite good. They’re delicious.” In retrospect, those truffles were obviously trouble, and I should have known raspberry was a gateway food.

Pretty soon I was infusing lavender into chocolate pies and adding rose whipped cream to pistachio tarts with wild abandon. With this recipe, though, I’ve given up all pretense of the floral flavor being a supporting player and put it front and center, with not one but TWO flowers lending this smooth ice cream their light, spring-y flavor.

Lavender Rose Ice Cream |

Your enjoyment of this ice cream will depend on whether you have Old Person Tastebuds like me, but if you do—watch out! I couldn’t stop eating this. It’s so delicate, so light, so ethereal, it’s easy to chow down and demolish a bowl without realizing it. (Don’t worry—it’s nothing a little mall walking in my most stylish sweat suit can’t fix.)

This ice cream is perfect plain, or you could serve it with buttery shortbread cookies, berry desserts, or perhaps some kind of pistachio or almond cake. Maybe scoop yourself a big bowl while watching a Murder, She Wrote marathon? Just a thought.

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Recipe Notes: Rose water is a culinary ingredient that is used to add a light rose flavor to dishes. It can sometimes be found in well-stocked supermarkets (look near the Middle Eastern foods or the baking section) or it can also be found on many websites. Amazon also sells rose water here.

Lavender Rose Ice Cream
yield: 1 quart

2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
2 tbsp dried lavender (for culinary use)
1 cup granulated sugar
5 egg yolks
pinch salt
1 1/2 tbsp rose water (or more to taste)
Purple food coloring, optional
Candy thermometer, optional

Combine the cream, milk, and lavender in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring the cream to a simmer, then remove the pan from the heat and cover it with a lid. Let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, to infuse the cream with lavender flavor.

After 30 minutes, add the sugar and salt to the bowl of cream and whisk them together, then put the cream back on medium heat. Put the egg yolks in a medium bowl nearby and whisk them gently. Bring the milk/cream mixture to a simmer, then when it just starts to come to a boil, remove the pan from the heat. Whisk the egg yolks while you slowly pour in about a third of the hot cream mixture, whisking constantly so the eggs heat up but don’t cook during the process.

Now return the saucepan to the heat and start whisking the cream while you pour in the hot egg mixture. Continue to whisk as the custard cooks, and cook it until it thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon. If you want to use a candy thermometer, you’re shooting for 175 F (80C).

Take the pan from the heat and strain the ice cream custard through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl, to strain out the lavender and any bits of cooked egg. Whisk in the rose water, and a drop or two of purple food coloring, if desired. (Depending on the shade of your coloring, you might want to add a drop or two of pink as well, to give it more of a lavender-rose shade.) Continue to whisk occasionally as it cools.

Once at room temperature, press a layer of cling wrap on top of the custard and refrigerate it until it’s completely chilled. (To speed up the process, you can place the bowl over an ice bath and whisk it as it cools down.)

Once the custard is fully chilled, churn the ice cream according to your ice cream maker’s instructions.

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32 Responses to Lavender Rose Ice Cream
  1. Johlene says:

    Ummm… can I just say I LOVE IT!!!

  2. Danguole says:

    I always joke that I’m secretly 83 years old… And the joke is that I’m totally serious. Old ladies = the coolest, though, no?

    That ice cream looks so soft and delectable and lovely. I’m totally into it!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Okay, let’s break it down. Sweat pants? Check. Early bedtimes? Check. Getting to say whatever the heck you want because no one is going to be rude and contradict you? Check. Yes, it’s official–old ladies totally have it made! Can’t wait to be 83!

  3. This looks so creamy and delish, I love the color too! Pinning c:

    • Elizabeth says:

      Awesome, thanks Consuelo! I did have to give it a little help with food coloring, but I think it was worth it for the color to convey exactly how the dish tastes.

  4. Oh my gosh. This makes me laugh. When I saw the title, before i even read any of your post, i flashed back to a dinner I had with my girlfriends and the waiter brought us a rosewater flan. I felt like I was sipping the holy water out of my Grandma’s living room font. Oh, snicker, snicker. Old lady tastebuds. Yes yes, I agree. Perhaps if I don some white gloves and a girdle and start snipping hot dog weiners with kitchen scissors this ice cream will become my dessert of choice, ehhh?

    • Elizabeth says:

      Haha, cackling at snipping hot dogs with kitchen scissors! We are SO ready to be little old ladies. And I’m not going to lie, rosewater flan sounds delicious… what is wrong with me?!

  5. I too have old lady tendencies and absolutely LOVE the sound of this recipe. Must must must try!

  6. Sarah says:

    I must be an old lady too because I go gaga for all lavender desserts too! Can’t wait to try this out with my new ice cream maker. Did you get your rose water just at the regular grocery store?

    • Elizabeth says:

      I did! But the grocery store I shop at has a large selection of middle eastern foods, so maybe that’s not typical. They carry multiple brands, and it’s usually around $3/bottle–not a bad deal! I hope you’re able to find some and give it a try!

  7. If these ice cream flavor makes you an old lady, then I am a million years old because that is how much I love it.

  8. Yelena says:

    Wow! Looks so scrumptious!

  9. Harini says:

    Wow is the word.I found this through fridgg and I am thankful.Such a tempting ice cream.I will be coming here for more dessert ideas :)

  10. ajay says:

    yummy…. just love those, cool one tempting

  11. Tonya Malynn Lopez says:

    Wow, not everyone is in the “know” on rose water……I see no explanation here of what it is, not even a hyperlink…so should I just grab a handful of rose petals from my “seven sisters” variety of rose bush and steep them in hot water???? Do miniature roses taste better? because I have those too…

    And the food coloring in this recipe is just unnecessary fluff, it actually detracts from the presentation rather than enhance.

    Aging is a privledge that is suppose to bring wisdom from life experienced. Experience has taught me that sugary treats should be taken sparingly, this preserves their status as delightful treats. Consuming copious amounts of sugar, late in life, is the equivalent of begging for health problems. There is a difference between being a sad little old lady or a wise-woman powerfully living out her crone phase. While the anecdotal introduction to this recipe is amusing, it paints a picture of the “proverbial” old woman that I will never be, not even at age of 83!

  12. Tonya Malynn Lopez says:

    Oh, and please do not mistake my earlier comment as disrespect. I see and applaud that you are an accomplished and published pastry chef. However this declaration of yours that pops up on every page of this website; ” I eat ridiculous amounts of sugar on a regular basis & I’m not sorry about it.” replete with an invitation to “join you”, along with your stereotypical idea of what constitutes an old woman, perpetuates over-indulgence in an already over-indulgent society and seems to imply that over-consumption of sweet treats is some kind of reward for getting old.

    Congratulations on the gift of a beautiful and healthy child as children are indeed spiritual gifts of the highest order. Hopefully when you’ve raised that perfect being up to the age of 24, you will by then have a clue to what being an “old lady” really is…

  13. Zack says:

    I love ice cream but never head about this flavor. The only flavor I know how to made is vanilla because it simple and easy to do. Maybe I will try it someday.hmm lavender sound good. Anyway thanks for sharing the recipe.

  14. Madeline says:

    Where can I find edible lavender?

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Madeline,

      I found mine at Cost Plus World Market, but many large grocery stores carry it, and I believe Whole Foods usually has it too. It’s in the spices section, usually in a jar or bottle like all the other spices.

  15. Madeline says:

    Thank you so much Elizabeth!

  16. Shanna says:

    I may have turned Old Lady years ago – this is right up my alley! srupmtious and delightful, thank you for sharing :)
    I love lavender and rose scents, but edible lavenders and roses?! Count me in :)

    –I will definitely try these out, but first thing’s first, MUST.BUY.ICE CREAM MAKER!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks Shanna! I have to say, I’m not one to advocate buying a million kitchen gadgets, but I always recommend an ice cream maker–it’s the gift that keeps on giving! Let me know what you think if you give it a try! :)

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  18. yaaaaammmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyy, i just love to eat ice cream and this rose ice cream make me crazy! aha but Thanks for Great Article :)

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks Bilal! It’s definitely one of my family’s favorites. Let me know what you think if you give it a try!

  19. avmunza says:

    Thank you so much Elizabeth!

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