Herbal Desserts For Valentine's Day: White Chocolate-Rose Geranium Ice Cream

| February/March 2007

Rose geranium by itself signifies “preference.” Paired with a pink rose petal, this delightful dish takes on the deeper symbolism of “a fondness for someone lovely and graceful.” With or without the petal garnish, this ice cream will send a sweet message. Rose geranium is not usually available in grocery stores, but try your nearby garden store or online ( www.linglesherbs.com ) for starter plants, which can be grown indoors any time of year. MAKES APPROXIMATELY 3 1/2 CUPS, OR SEVEN 1/2 CUP SERVINGS

• 1 1/2 cups whole milk
• 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
• 10 to 12 fresh rose geranium leaves,    coarsely chopped
• 4 large egg yolks
• 3/8 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
• 6 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped
• 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


• Pink rose petals (at least 7)
• Rose geranium leaves, whole (at least 7)

1. Bring milk, cream and geranium to simmer over medium heat. Turn off heat and steep about 20 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, whisk eggs and sugar in bowl. Place white chocolate and vanilla extract in another bowl. Set aside.

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