Strawberry lavender Ice cream

A colleague dropped by some treasured lavender leaves by my desk the other day and exclaimed that she had run out of ideas of what to do with them all. I happily replied Ice cream and thank you, almost in the same breath.

I thought the lavender infused cream and fresh Ontario strawberries would make the perfect pairing subtle but all the delicate floweriness of sunny summer days.

There are a few people I know with full beds of lavender who were very curious about this recipe and how it would turn out. All I can say is that it really was a beautiful flavor. The next time I will puree some of the berries for color but I was worried that the lavender flavor may get lost. Updates on version two coming up!

Strawberry and lavender ice cream

Strawberry lavender Ice cream

3 cups half and half 10% (Or higher fat if you desire)
1 cup sugar plus one tbsp sugar
6 egg yolks
5 springs fresh lavender leaves
2 cups fresh strawberries hulled and chopped finely ( you could puree half of them if you like to have the beautiful color)

In a medium bowl whisk together egg yolks and sugar and set aside.

In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, heat half and half and lavender until very hot and streaming but not boiling

Strain through a metal sieve and discard lavender leaves

Add half and half mixture a little at a time to the egg mixture whisking constantly

Return combined mixture to saucepan and over a medium heat whisking constantly cook until mixture has thicken slightly, again do not allow to boil (approximately 10 minutes)

Allow to cool 5 minutes and then chill in refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight

Hull and chop strawberries finely and place in a medium glass or ceramic bowl and stir in 1 tbsp sugar allow to sit and mascerate in fridge for about 30min to 1 hr

Prepare ice cream in machine or kitchen aid attachment according to manufacturers directions.

Add chopped berries in the last 5 minutes of churning.

If using kitchen aid it will make a soft serve so place in shallow covered containers in the freezer for 2-4 hours for a firmer ice cream

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4 Responses to Strawberry lavender Ice cream

  1. As I said last night on Twitter, this looks incredible! Such a magical combination … perfect! Really makes me wish I had an ice cream maker!

    • Thank you so much for the comment! I actually bought the Kitchen aid attachment which comes with a freezer bowl as I don’t have very much space. Everyone kept tweeting about their ice cream and I had wanted it for awhile and splurged. The lavender is really subtle and just gives the subtle flowery not to enhance the strawberries. Have a great weekend!

  2. A Strawberry Lavender Ice Cream recipe? Wow! What a fun combination! It sounds delicious…and looks pretty good too!

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