I finally feel like its summer this week, so that means more ice cream! This lavender ice cream recipe has been on the blog for awhile, so I thought I’d make it again and make some improvements to it. Lavender is one of my favorite ingredients of all time. In its aromatic form, it has the most calming, floral scent, but in its culinary form is where it really shines. Lavender adds such a subtle flavor to dishes, especially desserts, and pairs well with flavors like citrus and and honey. I love everything about it. I hope you enjoy this updated recipe!
Tools you will need
- Ice cream machine – This is literally the best purchase I’ve ever made. I love my ice cream machine so much. It’s a great investment if you love ice cream as much I do.
- 2 mixing bowls – One for whisking the eggs and one for cooling the cream before churning the ice cream.
- Spatula – I used a spatula to mix the cream after I add the egg and sugar mixture into the cream. The reason for this is that it controls the amount of bubbles that appear in the cream.
- Sauce pan – Used for heating up the cream.
- Whisk – I would highly recommend using a whisk to combine the eggs and sugar. You want to whip the eggs and sugar until it reaches a smooth and creamy texture.
- Fine mesh sieve – I use a fine mesh sieve to strain the cream back into the sauce pan, so there are no lavender flowers remaining in the cream.
Ingredients, Substitutions & Adjustments
- Whole milk & Heavy Cream – Adds creaminess and richness to the ice cream.
- Culinary lavender flowers – Culinary lavender is the source of the flavor in this recipe. Make sure to use culinary lavender, not aromatic lavender.
- Vanilla extract – Adds flavor to the ice cream. A good substitute would be vanilla paste. My favorite vanilla is from Nielsen Massey.
- Egg yolks – Egg yolks add richness and creaminess to the ice cream.
- Sugar – White sugar adds sweetness to this recipe. I would not substitute sugar with other ingredients for the best results.
Making lavender ice cream
First heat the heavy cream and whole milk until it’s warm. Pour into a medium-sized bowl with the culinary lavender and steep for 30 minutes. If you want a stronger lavender flavor, steep for longer. While the lavender is steeping, mix the egg yolks and sugar together until it has a smooth consistency. Once the lavender is done steeping, strain the cream back into the sauce pan. Heat until hot and smoke is being emitted from the cream. Turn off the heat.
Add 1/4 cup of the hot cream to the egg mixture and mix until it is a uniform yellow color. You are raising the temperature of the egg mixture, so it doesn’t cook when mixed with the rest of the cream. Pour the egg mixture into the sauce pan and turn the heat back on. Heat the cream until it reaches 170 degrees F. A good way to test if the cream is done is to coat the back of the spoon and draw a finger through the cream. If the trail created doesn’t break, it should be done.
Cool the cream down to room temperature and then put it in the fridge to cool down completely. It should be in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes. After it cools down completely, pour cream into the ice cream machine and churn for 15-20 minutes. The finished ice cream should be slightly harder than soft serve. Freeze in the fridge over night before serving.
Tips on how to make the perfect lavender ice cream
- Use culinary lavender, not aromatic lavender – Culinary lavender is used for cooking and aromatic lavender is used for things like candles. The biggest different between culinary and aromatic lavender is the amount of oil. Culinary lavender will have less oil, so the lavender flavor will be more subtle.
- Temper your eggs – Just like in creme brûlées, it is important to temper your eggs for the cream. Add 1/4 cup of hot cream to your egg and sugar mixture. Whisk until everything is well combined and no white streaks remain. Now, it is safe to add your egg mixture to the hot cream.
- Make sure your cream is cold before churning – You will get better results if your cream is cold. Put your finished cream into the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes to cool it down before adding it to the ice cream machine.
- Be careful not to over churn – The maximum amount of time you should churn your ice cream is 20 minutes. The more you churn your ice cream, the harder it becomes. A done ice cream will have the consistency of something slightly harder than soft serve.
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Lavender Ice Cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp culinary lavender flowers
- 5 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Add whole milk, heavy cream, and vanilla extract to a medium pan. Heat cream until warm. Pour cream into a small bowl with the lavender flowers. Steep for 30 minutes.
- Add the egg yolks and sugar into a bowl. Whisk until a smooth consistency (~1 minute). Set aside.
- Strain the cream back into the pan. Heat cream until hot and smoke is being emitted from the cream. Turn off the heat.
- Add 1/4 cup of the hot cream to the eggs and whisk until it turns a smooth and uniform yellow color. The goal of this step is to raise the temperature of the eggs, so they don’t completely cook in the hot cream. Pour the eggs into the pan with hot cream.
- Turn the heat back on and heat the cream until it reaches 170 degrees F. A good way to test if it’s done is to coat the back of a spoon with the cream and pull your finger through the cream. A done cream should have a thick, smooth trail that doesn’t break. Take the cream off the heat.
- Cool the cream down to room temperature and then put it in the fridge to cool completely. The cream should be in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes.
- Pour the cream into an ice cream maker and churn for 15-20 minutes. The resulting ice cream should be slightly harder than soft serve.
- Spoon the ice cream into a freezer safe container and freeze overnight.