Lavender Mint Ice Cream

We’ve all had those times when we feel a bit, well, unsophisticated.

This ice cream is about to change all of that.

No matter how klutzy you are, this ice cream will make you feel elegant and stylish. Lavender Mint Ice Cream will turn you into the most sophisticated home cook of all. It’s creamy, rich, and a bit floral at the same time. Nobody will believe that you came up with this combination of perfect fancy flavors, and on top of that, turned it into ice cream.

Now, I realize that the lavender mint combination sounds more like a kind of soap than an ice cream flavor. Trust me on this one. It sounds weird, but it’s absolutely delicious.

It sounds hard. No. You can do this. I accidentally spilled half the mix in the process, and it still worked. Go for it.

You’re going to make ice cream out of flowers. You’re going to love it. This is crazy. This is possible. And this is YUMMY.

At this rate, you’ll be sipping tea with the Queen in no time 😉

Lavender Mint Ice Cream

Adapted from Chow.com

1 cup of fresh mint leaves

1 tablespoon of dried lavender

1 1/2 cups of milk

1 1/2 cups of half and half

2/3 cup of sugar, divided

5 egg yolks

1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

In a saucepan, heat the milk, half and half, 1/3 cup sugar, mint and lavender, bringing the mixture to a simmer. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Cover and let the mixture steep for 30 minutes.

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks, 1/3 cup of sugar, and salt together. Strain the milk mixture through a fine-mesh sieve. Slowly pour the milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture, stirring constantly to prevent the yolks from curdling. Pour the combined mixture back into the saucepan, cooking over medium heat until it begins to thicken. Watch the mixture the whole time, because if you don’t, it will completely boil over (I know from experience).

Strain the mixture into a clean bowl, and cool over an ice bath. Once the mixture has cooled COMPLETELY, pour into the ice cream maker 🙂 and let the machine run for 20 minutes. Remove the ice cream with a spatula (taste testing for deliciousness), spooning it into a container. Freeze for 2-3 hours. Enjoy!

Deanna

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One response to “Lavender Mint Ice Cream

  1. Uhhh. . .yum!?! I remember another lavender ice cream or sorbet I used to like. I think it was sorbet. Can’t remember what the other flavor was, but I think it was a citrus. Lavender is, in fact, rather yummy.

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