rose and peony ice cream

I recently found out that peonies are edible. I have a peony plant which happened to be in luxurious full bloom last week (why does their season have to be so painfully short?!)…seemed like perfect timing to use the petals in a recipe.

As soon as I started gathering the peony blossoms, I discovered that one of my rose bushes was coming to life, as well. Since rose petals are also edible, I thought I’d try combining the flavor of both flowers in a peony and rose petal ice cream.

peony and roses

I LOVED this ice cream. The floral notes are subtle so you could definitely play around with the amount of petals you infuse, but I used rosewater to boost the flavor and I was happy with the result. Make sure to taste the custard as you are mixing in the rosewater to determine how much, if any, you want to add. I used a Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Ice Cream Maker and as is always the case with this machine, the ice cream was a pretty soft initially; letting it stand in the machine before serving (or placing it in the freezer for a while) makes it much firmer.

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rose petal ice cream


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    Amanda — June 7, 2011 @ 9:51 am

    This sounds so good. Your pictures are beautiful too. Thanks for linking to my page. It was ccokblog ( that insired me with his recipe for lilac ice cream that inspired my peony ice cream. I love how we all inpire each other :)

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    Winnie — June 7, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    Oh, how funny! I love Peter’s blog, and also saw the lilac ice cream…great minds think alike to be sure :)

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    Peter — June 7, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    Funny- I made peony crème brûlée the other day. Did you see the post?

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    Winnie — June 7, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    NO! How did I miss it?

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    Amy — June 7, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

    I had no idea that peonies are edible either! What a great recipe.

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    Winnie — June 9, 2011 @ 5:55 am

    Thanks Amy! Just make sure your cats don’t eat them (if you have cats, that is)- they can be poisonous to cats.

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    Bunkycooks — June 7, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

    I have been trying different types of ice cream this season, so I will definitely add this to the mix!

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    Winnie — June 9, 2011 @ 5:55 am

    It’s an unusual but delicious flavor…at least I think so ;)

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — June 9, 2011 @ 12:21 am

    What an interesting flavor combination. I’ve had rose flower ice cream before but never peony and rose together! Now that’s something I’m just dying to know the taste of.

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    Winnie — June 9, 2011 @ 5:56 am

    The only way I can describe it is…floral!

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    Cookin' Canuck — June 9, 2011 @ 7:36 am

    What an original idea, Winnie. I am so curious to try this. Beautiful photos, as usual.

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    apaler1 — June 9, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

    This looks really decadent! I’ve never infused rose petals nor peonies with ice cream. The pictures are beautiful as well. It really enhances the feeling of decadence that the recipe brings. I love that serving tray too. Just a beautiful post all together.

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — June 9, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    Beautiful ice cream, Winnie! I love using edible flowers – pansies and nasturtium being two of my favorites. Growing up, my mother owned a florist shop so we had lots to choose from. However, I’ve never tasted peonies. Going to have to give that a try soon.

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    SMITH BITES — June 10, 2011 @ 6:00 am

    i literally GASPED when i saw this post Jeanette – i have a thing for both peonies and roses . . . had no idea peonies were edible either – brilliant!!! and the photos are just stunning!

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    Kitchen Butterfly — June 11, 2011 @ 7:40 am

    Gorgeous photos, especially the last one. The ice cream sounds fantastic

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