Turkish Delight Cheesecake Ice-Cream: Recipe

This Turkish Delight Cheesecake Ice-Cream recipe is one of my favorite recipes that I created in 2015. The super creamy rose ice-cream with its little chunks of Turkish delight reminds me of our amazing trip to Iran earlier in the year. In Tehran we were looking for a bookshop and along the way we found two gentleman distilling rose water. In the heat, it smelt like you were walking through a field of roses. I wanted the ice-cream to really capture the essence of what that experience was like, so you smell and taste rose in multiple forms without it being overwhelming. This really is a great treat to have on a warm day. A little bit familiar and a little bit exotic. It’s the exact recipe that we used for one of the options at The City Lane’s Ice-Cream Donut Popup in December.

turkish delight cheesecake ice-cream recipe

Preparation Time: 20 minutes     /     Cooking Time:  10 minutes     /     Makes 1.5L


  • 200g caster sugar
  • 60ml rose water
  • 2ml rose food colouring
  • 300ml full cream milk
  • 1.2L thickened cream
  • 2 large (56g) eggs
  • 250g Philadelphia cream cheese


  • 50g Turkish delight cut into small pieces
  • 10g Edible rose petals


  1. Place the cream cheese, milk and sugar in a heavy bottom pot and whisk with an electric beater.
  2. Add the eggs, cream and rose water and continue to whisk for 5 minutes.
  3. Place the pot on a medium heat. Stirring regularly to stop the cream cheese sticking to the pot.
  4. Heat the cream to 60°C and hold it at this temperature for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  6. Refrigerate the mixture for at least 2 hours.
  7. Transfer the mixture into an ice-cream maker and churn as per the manufacturers instructions.
  8. Once the ice-cream has churned mix through the Turkish delight pieces and rose petals (optional).
  9. Place the ice-cream into the freezer for at least 2 hours, and enjoy.


When you serve the ice-cream, sprinkle a little extra Turkish delight chunks and rose petals on top to intensify the flavour. For an additional textural element you can sprinkle a few pistachios on top too.

Lauren has travelled extensively, allowing her to experience different cultures around the world. This has fed her desire to travel and try as many cuisines as possible. Lauren's appreciation for food is grounded in the philosophy that food has a unique way of telling a story about family, friends or struggles. She believes food is a way of preserving culture and the stories of the people behind them. This has inspired her to create recipes and design events that ensure food from different cultures is accessible at home.


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