August 1, 2016

Vegan coconut + rose petal ice cream with cardamom crumble topping

These roses remind me of how I used to make "perfume" for my mother as a child. I picked rose petals and mixed them with sand and water in my little plastic bucket (the sand had the function of a pestle and mortar). Come to think of it, she never used it. How ungrateful. However, this ice cream is nothing like that perfume. I stepped up my game since then. Promise.

We are eating more and more vegan at home. Except for cheese. I love cheese. This ice cream though, never in my life did I expect it to be so creamy and delicious with so few ingredients. I've had some bad experiences with rose flavored things in the past, which I usually find way too "soapy" for my taste. This ice cream has a lovely floral note and the rose flavor is not overwhelming. If you want more rose flavor, you can always add more petals to your liking or even a little rose water. Of course, you also have to be very into coconut to like this ice cream. Don't miss out on the cardamom crumble topping, which adds a lovely crunch.

When using fresh roses for baking or cooking, absolutely make sure they are unsprayed! The ones you buy at the florists are usually sprayed and shipped a long way. If possible, pick from your own garden or in an area where it's ok to pick flowers. You can also buy already dried rose petals, just make sure they are for culinary uses. When choosing roses, the darker shade you go for, the more pronounced flavor.

Serves 6

-Make sure to use unsprayed roses! If you buy dried rose petals, make sure they are for culinary uses.
-Drying rose petals in the microwave is a very, very quick way to do it. You can do it in the oven too on a low temperature, but it will take longer.

For the dried rose petals
Fresh roses
A microwave safe plate
Paper towels

For the ice cream
2 cans (400 ml x 2) of full fat coconut milk
pinch of salt
1 vanilla bean (split, and seeds scraped out)
1/2 cup (115 g) turbinado sugar (you could also use granulated sugar or maple syrup)
6-8 tbsp dried rose petals

Cardamom crumble
Recipe adapted from Tea MalmegÄrd's book "Desserter!"
3 tbsp + 1 tsp (50 g) turbinado sugar
2/3 cup (90 g) all purpose flour
pinch of salt
3 tbsp + 1 tsp (20 g) rolled oats
1 tsp freshly ground cardamom
4-5 tbsp coconut oil (not liquid but not completely firm either.. put the jar in the fridge for a while if too liquid) or 60 g of softened butter

For the topping
Dried rose petals

Dried rose petals
1. Pull the rose petals off the stem and place them in a single layer on a paper towel lined plate.
2. Microwave on high for 60 seconds. The petals will likely still have some moisture in them so what you need to do is to microwave an additional 30-60 seconds, or until the petals are completely dry and crispy. Beware when removing the plate from the microwave as the plate will be very hot!
3. Spread petals on a cookie sheet and let them airdry for 6 hours if needed (I used mine right away, too impatient). Store in an airtight jar.

Ice cream
1. Place coconut milk, salt, vanilla bean+seeds, sugar and rose petals in a sauce pan. Heat until mixture is hot but not boiling. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and put a lid on the pan. Let mixture steep for 30 minutes.
2. Strain through a fine wire sieve into a bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until completely cool.
3. Using an ice cream machine, churn the ice cream according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once the ice cream reaches soft serve consistency, transfer to a freeze proof container, sprinkle some extra dried rose petals on top and freeze until firm enough to scoop, approximately 2-4 hours. If the ice cream feels hard after some time in the freezer, remove it from the freezer 15 minutes prior to serving.

If you don't have an ice cream maker, pour the mixture into a freeze proof container and put in the freezer. When partially frozen (after a couple of hours), take it out and whip it with an electric mixer to break up the ice crystals. Repeat 3-4 of times during the freezing process. Freeze until firm enough to scoop. It won't be exactly the same as when you use a machine for churning but it'll still be delicious!

Cardamom crumble topping
1. Preheat oven to 175°C (350°F).
2. Place sugar, flour, salt, oats, cardamom and coconut oil in a bowl. Using your hands, mix together until crumbly.
3. Spread on a baking paper covered baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool, then serve with ice cream.

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  1. I recognise myself in that "soapy" part - my dad once brought home a bottle of rose petal lemonade and that was horrible! But this looks like something I could try. I admire you for eating vegan so often, I also limit my intake of e.g. meat and poultry now but I don't know if I could go 100% vegetarian or vegan.

  2. This looks delish and I love that you've added rose in...;)

  3. Beautiful pictures, Linda! And I'm sure the icecream is delicious. I'm not a big fan of rose flavor, but I would love to try your creation��

  4. Hummm look nice.


  5. This sounds so yummy and your photography is beautiful!

  6. Beautiful and delicious all in one!

  7. Yes, would love some more vegan recipes here! Will definitely try this!

  8. Goodness how stunning, Linda!! Can't wait to try this, been eager to make coconut ice cream xo

  9. So gorgeous, Linda! Hmm, time to make your mom some more "perfume" I think! ^__^ It feels easier and easier to eat vegan these days thanks to all the amazing blogs and recipes out there - it's a pretty awesome time to be a vegan! (even though I'm not a vegan, it certainly feels good to eat like one!) XO

  10. I can't deal with this, looks too amazing!

  11. I am so in love with the colour and tone of your beautiful post, Linda! I am sure anyone would love to try this, whether they are vegan or not! x

    1. Thank you sweet Louise <3 Oh yes, it's a treat for everyone I'm sure! xx

  12. Looks delicious! I love cooking and baking with flower flavors. It's so delicate. Recently, I made a lavender gelato that was amazing: I'll have to try this one next!

  13. do you think it's possible to infuse the coconut milk in the fridge? I'm following this path, I don't know exactly why, but it has become an obsession, I'm trying to come up with a recipe that requires no heating. Thank you!

    1. Infusing cold coconut milk would probably not be that great to be honest! If you don't want to heat it, may I suggest using rose water instead? And I would probably use another sweetener too, maple syrup or honey! :-)


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