Friday, March 4, 2011

Lavender Ice Cream

There is no weather that is not suitable for ice cream.  I watched It's Complicated again recently and was reminded of lavender ice cream, apropos of one scene where the main character, played by Meryl Streep, happens to make some.  

I don't remember the first time I sampled this pairing, but I do remember the second--a decadent coconut lavender ice cream bombe at Geronimo Restaurant in Santa Fe.  The seemingly incongruous flavor choice is quite refreshing.

Lavender Ice Cream:
2 Cups milk
2/3 Cup cream
3 egg yolks
3/4 Cup sugar
1 Cup fresh lavender blossoms
Combine milk, cream and lavender flowers in a heavy saucepan.
Gently warm mixture on medium heat, until foamy.
In separate bowl, mix eggs until well blended and thick.
Add sugar to eggs, stirring well.
Strain milk/cream, to remove lavender blossoms, if desired.
Add 1/2 cup of warm milk/cream mixture to eggs, blend thoroughly.
Finally, add this egg mixture to the remaining milk/cream mixture to the pan.
Cool completely in refrigerator, before pouring into your favorite ice cream make

Recipe via BakeSpace

This delectable pairing can also be fashioned into a cocktail, as seen on CocoKelley.

P.S.  For instant gratification, Snoqualmie Gourmet also has a delicious version of this flavor for purchase.

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