Monday, February 08, 2010

Red Rose Petal Parfaits

If there is anything more romantic than a red rose, I simply don't know what it could be. We have a large red rose bush in our backyard that is so visually stunning, it seems almost dreamlike.

And when the roses begin to come into full bloom, I can't resist cutting one and placing it in a small vase in my bedroom.

I've learned that I must place my rose somewhere out of Thelonious's reach or else he will eat it, as he is so shamelessly demonstrating with this pink rose. (Can't say that I blame him!)

I love painting roses, whether on glass or paper. I even sport a rose tattoo, (which I won't reveal here).

I find the fragrance of a rose as intoxicating as lavender, and its flavor as sublime. So what could make a more romantic Valentine's Day dessert than one which captures the essence of red roses? I had all the ingredients necessary to put something incredibly sweet and delicious together, and came up with this idea: Red Rose Petal Parfaits!


1 1/2 cups evaporated cane crystals
1 cup of Organic Red Roses (I buy them from Mountain Rose Herbs.)
1 cup water
1 pint Purely Decadent Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Ice Cream


Place all ingredients in a small saucepan, and bring to a gentle boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 45 minutes, until syrup has thickened. Remove from heat, and when cooled, strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Pour syrup into a squeeze bottle and place candied rose petals into a container with a tight-fitting lid. When ready to serve, alternate 2 scoops of ice cream with rose petal syrup in two parfait glasses. Top each with a few candied rose petals. Refrigerate remaining syrup and candied rose petals for up to two weeks. Candied rose petals can be enjoyed as a sweet treat, just like candy, and the syrup is divine on crackers or English muffins!

Viewed from above, you can really see the lovely candied rose petals.

I hope you'll enjoy these on Valentine's Day with your sweetheart.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a delicious aphrodisiac!

Anna_B said...

I love desserts made with rosewater, so this sounds wonderful. Thank you for sharing such a uniquely romantic Valentine's Day idea!

VeganMarr said...

Wow, all the photos look GORGEOUS! And those glasses! Did you paint them, Gail? Damn, you are talented!
They're really beautiful! I bet they make lovely gifts. How funny that your cat likes to eat the petals! Stunning pics, thanks for sharing.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone! :-)

Vegiegail said...

Thank you so much for your kind words, Marr. Yes I painted both sets of glasses and the picture, too. Happy Valentine's Day to you!

The Vegan said...

The rose bush is just beautiful. I clicked on both that photo and the one of the rose which make the photos look even more stunning.
I love the goblets you painted and of course how could I not love Thelonious eating the pink rose. That picture is adorable.

Oh and the desert looks as if it is to die for. Maybe you could send someone over to prepare that for me. :-)

Vegiegail said...

Thank you, Vegan. If I was there, I'd be delighted to bring you one, myself. But I know this is well within the scope of your culinary skills, so I hope you'll consider treating yourself to all the sweetness your heart desires. Happy Valentine's Day!

Justine said...

Your painted roses are beautiful! I can see how having such beautiful flowers in your garden would be inspiration. And your cat is adorable. The dessert, well, it looks scrumptious.

Helen said...

I made the syrup and candied rose petals last night, and tasted them with just a spoonful of coconut milk ice cream. Exquisite! It was hard to stop myself from eating it all. But I wanted to save it to enjoy with my sweetie on Sunday. Thank you for sharing, and happy Valentine's Day! ♥

Anonymous said...

That looks incredibly romantic! I am going to make this for tonight's dessert!

Kim said...

Thanks for posting this! I was starting to think it would be impossible to find candied rose petals without eggs!