Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Lavender Ice Cream

Remember a while back when the good folks at Marx Foods sent me some samples? I had some lavender left over after making Marc's celery lavender cocktail, and had to find a way to use it up. I opened the freezer, and saw my ice cream maker's freezer bowl thingy. Perfect!

Perusing the Interwebs, I came across Elissa's recipe for lavender ice cream at 17 and Baking. (If you haven't checked out Elissa's blog yet, what are you waiting for?) Easy peasy, steep the lavender in milk, mix with egg yolks and sugar, cook the custard, cool, churn, freeze.

Plus, making this ice cream would allow me to join in Ben's Homemade #5 for June!

















My first guinea pig, er, taster, was Youngest. She said "Huh, now I know what a flower tastes like." Hubby was 2nd, he didn't like the 1st bite, but after the 2nd, said it was "pretty good" and "very flowery". MIL said "Damn, girl, that's delicious".

I agree with all of them - the first bite's a little strange, if you're not used to eating flowers. (My only previous flower-eating experience is nasturtiums, which are slightly peppery. Ooh, nasturtium ice cream! Add that to the "to-make" list.) The second spoonful's better, your brain realizes it's just ice cream with a different flavor. By the 3rd spoon, you're hooked.

Don't forget about Ben's Homemade #5, he'll be posting a roundup in July! I can't wait to see all the delicious ice cream flavors everyone comes up with.

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13 comments:

Bob said...

I've never been a fan of flower flavored foods, but I also haven't had any in years. It's something I'd definitely try if it was handed to me. :)

Vicki said...

Hi Bob - {handing you a bowl of lavender ice cream}

Navita (Gupta) Hakim said...

Vicki love lavender and will be trying this from ur blog for sure :)

Betts said...

I don't think I'd want to eat a pint of it (like I'm tempted with many B&J's flavors), but I'd definitely try a small scoop.

Vicki said...

Hi Navita - Enjoy!

Hey Betts - Next batch will have a chocolate swirl. I'll send you a pint :)

Jude said...

I have no idea how lavender tastes or smells. Gonna have to try out some of the dried stuff :)

Vicki said...

Hi Jude - Think of a sachet in a grandma's dresser drawer. That's lavender. Much more delicious when it's in ice cream, however.

doggybloggy said...

lavender ice cream sounds pretty good - I bet it would mix well with citrus...

Vicki said...

Hey doggy - Didn't try citrus, but here's an interesting combo - piece of good parmesan, drizzle of honey, sprinkling of flaky pink salt, dollop of lavender ice cream.

Donna-FFW said...

This sounds like it would have a lovely flavor and how very refreshing. It must have a wonderful scent.

Vicki said...

Hi Donna - It was like no other ice cream I've ever had :)

Ben said...

LOL very flowery :-p I'd like to try this flavor soon. Sounds delicious!

Vicki said...

Hi Ben! Very delicious. Can't wait to see your roundup!