I love helping my friends and this ice cream was born out of that love.
So, I got a text a few weeks ago from my super talented friend Hunter asking me if I knew where to find lavender ice cream. She was in the process of planning a party and wanted to serve it to her guests but had been to every place she knew but couldn’t find it.
Being that I have an ice cream maker, I told her I’d make it for her and deliver it. I used my standard base ice cream recipe and played around with honey, zest and lavender extract until I got it just right.
The flavor is incredibly rich yet herbal and fresh. The honey and cream create a perfectly sweet base, the lemon and orange zest add a brightness and the lavender adds an incredibly interesting dimension.
I got a text after the party saying it was a huge hit! I love when I can help make hosts and hostesses look like superstars!
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup milk
- Zest from 1 lemon
- Zest from 1 orange
- 1 tablespoon of Lavender extract
- ⅓ cup wildflower honey
- 5 egg yolks
- 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- red & blue food coloring
- Special equipment Ice Cream Maker
- In a medium saucepan, combine the cream, milk, lemon zest, orange zest and honey. Heat over medium high heat until mixture simmers being sure to stir frequently. Remove the saucepan from from the heat and set aside for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Temper the yolks by slowly whisking the warm cream mixture into the yolks a tablespoonful at a time, then pour egg cream mixture back into the saucepan.
- Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom as you stir. While the custard heats, stir in the salt, vanilla and lavender extract. Add 5 drops of blue food coloring followed by 3 drops of the red food coloring.
- Gently cook until the custard until it thickens, approximately 5 minutes. Pour the custard through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean bowl in an ice bath. Place in the refrigerator until the mixture is cold, approximately 1 - 2 hours.
- Churn cooled custard mixture a frozen ice cream maker bowl and run according to manufacturer directions. While the ice cream is churning, place the serving container into the freezer to chill.
- Once the ice cream mixture has thickened, pour in chilled serving container and place in the freezer to set, approximately 3 - 5 hours.