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.