We all scream for Diane Merritt!! Between cheering for her daughter’s lacrosse team, raising twin teenaged boys, and working full-time from her ISDN home studio–this week’s Voxy “Flavor of the Week”, Diane Merritt was kind enough to offer up her recipe for homemade Honey Lavender Ice Cream! Be sure to follow Diane on Twitter here to let her know how the recipe turned out!
We’re gonna make Diane our Flavor of the Week EVERY WEEK, in hopes that maybe one of these days she’ll share her recipe for homemade Carrot Cake Cheese Cake!!
Diane’s Lavender Honey Ice Cream:
1 Cup Whole Milk, plus 1 Tbsp.
2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
2 Large Eggs
3 Large Egg Yolks
¾ Cup Sugar
2 Tbsp Lavender
2 Tbsp Raw Honey
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Freeze the insert of an ice cream maker according to the manufacturers instructions.
In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, cream and lavender. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Once the cream begins to boil, immediately reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally and using caution to not scald the milk. Remove from heat and strain the lavender buds away from the cream. Discard the lavender buds and set the cream mixture aside. Add the honey to the cream mixture and stir until completely smooth.
In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes with a hand mixer until the mixture is pale yellow with a thick, smooth texture.
With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the cream mixture to the eggs, about 1 cup at a time. When thoroughly combined, pour the egg and cream mixture back into the saucepan and cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat. (Do not boil) Cook until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon. Transfer to a bowl and cover the custard with a sheet of plastic wrap placed directly on the custard. Chill, covered, until cold, at least 3 hours or overnight.
Freeze custard in ice cream maker and let it mix until thickened, about 25-35 minutes. Transfer ice cream to an airtight container and put in freezer to harden.