Lavender is a common edible herb that tastes delicious in baked foods. It also works well as a flavour base and makes superb lavender ice cream.
Health benefits of lavender
You’ll be pleased to know that lavender has some great health benefits. I won’t go as far as to say this ice cream is a healthy snack, but this dairy dessert does contain Vitamin A, calcium and iron. That’s better than many other sweet treats on the market.
You’ll need to keep in mind that this herb can easily become quite overpowering as a flavour. I used 1 tablespoon and allowed it to infuse overnight; others may prefer less, others more so feel free to experiment with this one.
How to improve lavender ice cream
Lavender ice cream is great, but a suggestion would be to add honey towards the end of the cooking time. Honey pairs brilliantly with lavender. Another option would be to add pear pieces at the end of the churning.
Lavender Ice Cream Recipe
- 4 egg yolks
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup full cream milk
- 1 cup thickened cream
- 1 Tbsp dried lavender
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Whisk eggs and sugar in a medium sized bowl until well combined and pale. Set aside.
- Heat milk and cream in a large saucepan until simmering then remove from heat.
- Scoop out a cup of the milk and slowly pour into the yolks, all the while whisking.
- Pour yolks, vanilla and lavender into the saucepan of milk and resume heating on a medium heat. Heat until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Don't allow the milk to boil as the egg yolks will scramble.
- Place mixture in an airtight container and allow to cool completely. Preferable leave to cool overnight so as to infuse more lavender flavour into your ice cream.
- Strain ice cream base and then churn in your ice cream machine. Scoop ice cream into an airtight container and allow to harden in the freezer for 2-3 hours.