Make Lavender Ice Cream this Summer
Some people, like my husband, crave ice cream all year. But, for others, summer is when the desire hits. This warm-weather recipe for lavender ice cream is fun and easy, making it a great activity to do with kids. And if lavender isn’t your flavour of choice, try substituting spearmint, lemon balm, blueberries, blackberries, or any other fresh local ingredient.
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Lavender Ice Cream
- 1 Ice Cream Maker this is optional, the recipe does not require one
- 1 tbsp Sugar
- ¼ tsp Vanilla
- ½ cup Half-and-Half (10%) or Table Cream (18%)
- 6 sprigs Fresh Organic Lavender OR 1 tbsp dried lavender buds OR 2 drops lavender essential oil
- 3 tbsp Salt (coarse or pickling)
- lots of Ice Cubes
- Ziploc Bags sandwich size freezer bags
- 2 L size Round Drinking Cooler or one large Coffee tin
- Stir together sugar, vanilla, cream and lavender sprigs in a small bowl. Transfer to Ziploc bag, sealing securely.
- Fill a cooler or large coffee tin ¾ full with ice cubes and sprinkle the salt over the ice. Place the smaller bag in the middle of the ice (you may place up to 3 sandwich-sized bags in one container). Seal your container shut.
- Roll your container around on a table or the ground for about 10 minutes. Check if the cream is frozen – you don’t need to remove the bag. If it isn’t frozen, keep rolling it around for another 5 minutes.
- Remove bag(s) from the large container. Rinse the salt off the outside of the bags. Remove lavender sprigs. Place into a bowl or eat straight from the bag!
More Ice Cream to Try!
We have had good success with our Cuisinart ice cream maker, but many recipes only require a blender and a bit of hand-churning.