Lavender Ice Cream

Lavender Ice Cream

For discerning country palates =)) (Λεεέμε….)

1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons lavender flowers
3 cups milk
3 tablespoons crème fraîche or heavy cream
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
6 egg yolks

In a small heavy saucepan, combine 2 tablespoons of the sugar, 1 1/2
tablespoons of the lavender and 1 1/2 teaspoons of water. Cook over
moderate heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves and the
mixture forms a dry mass, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool,
then grind to a fine powder in a spice grinder; set aside.

In a large heavy saucepan, combine the milk, creme fraiche, vanilla bean
and remaining 1 1/4 cups sugar and 1/2 teaspoon lavender. Cook over
moderate heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar dissolves and the
mixture is hot, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and let
steep for 15 minutes. Strain the milk through a fine-mesh sieve and
return to the saucepan.

In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks until blended. Gradually whisk in
one-third of the warmed milk mixture in a thin stream, then whisk the
mixture back into the remaining milk in the saucepan. Stir in the
reserved lavender powder.

Cook over moderately low heat, stirring constantly, until the custard
lightly coats the back of a spoon, 5 to 7 minutes. Do not let boil.

Immediately remove from the heat and strain the custard into a medium
bowl. Set the bowl in a large bowl of ice and water and let cool to
room temperature, stirring occasionally. Cover and refrigerate until
cold, at least 2 hours or overnight.

Pour the custard into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the
manufacturer’s instructions.


  1. It will be a challenge to find lavender flowers but if I do I’ll give it a go, sounds complicated enough to be interesting :)

    • MadNihilist said:

      Tu peux toujours en faire pousser toi-même ! =))

      N’avez-vous jamais révé de vous réveiller un matin l’esprit bercé par l’air ambiant parfumé de lavande ?

  2. I’m more inclined in different types of “grow your own” and if I wake up smelling lavender or other fluffy flowery fragrances it would surely mean that I’m either still experiencing a nightmare or that I got institutionalized :)
    I love the smell of concrete in the morning…

    • MadNihilist said:

      The smell of downtown concrete or of suburban concrete. There’s a huuuuge difference you know…. =)

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