The hot days of summer are fast approaching. And there is nothing that keeps you cool like ice-cream!
I know you probably have your favorite ice-cream in mind already–Butter Pecan, Rum Raisin, Vanilla, or maybe Pineapple Coconut. No matter what your favorite is I’m sure you have room for one more…
How about lavender ice-cream?
You read correctly. You can actually make ice-cream with lavender.
This relaxing treat has gotten high marks for taste, smell, and for helping to soothe and relax those how have tasted this refreshing treat.
Are you willing to try something new? Are you in need of a stress reliever?
Then you will want to give lavender ice-cream a try. Here’s a simple recipe that you can try. The kids will love it and so will you!
Source: Kevin D. Weeks, About.com
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup half and half
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp. honey
- 2 tbsp. dried edible lavender flowers (available in gourmet and herb stores)
- 4 lg. egg yolks
- 1/8 tsp. salt
1. Heat milk, honey, lavender, salt and 1 cup of the heavy cream in a sauce pan over medium heat until mixture begins to bubble and an instant-read thermometer reads 170 – 175 degrees F.
2. Remove from heat, cover, and allow to steep for 30 minutes. Strain mixture into a medium bowl and discard lavender.
3. Return cream mixture to sauce pan over medium heat and warm to 170 degrees. Stir in sugar until dissolved.
4. Whip egg yolks in a small bowl then whisk in 1/2 of cream mixture. Whisk egg mixture back into sauce pan and return to medium heat.
5. Cook, stirring steadily until mixture coats the back of a spoon and a finger drawn through the back of the spoon leaves a trail and mixture registers 170 – 175 degrees F. Do not boil.
6. Strain mixture into a medium bowl in large bowl surrounded by ice.
7. Stir in remaining cream, add water to ice, and cool until ice melts then cover bowl and refrigerate for at least three hours until cold.
8. Freeze mixture in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions then scoop into an airtight container and put in freezer to harden.
Please let us know if you enjoyed the recipe!
If you want to learn more about lavender click here.
If you want to learn more about essential oils or order lavender oil visit Young Living Essential Oils. Please note lavender essential oil should not be taken internally–but can be used for personal care, aromatherapy and household cleaning among other things.