The lavender can be omitted from the recipe or replaced with a vanilla bean.
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I make a lot of ice cream and made some changes to resemble my usual recipes. I steeped the Lavender in one cup of milk not two it tones down the Lavender flavor. Changed the recipe to two cups of Whipping cream and one cup of whole milk. Adding one cup of the cream in the custard stage. I also used lavender honey in this recipe. Which I felt tied everything together better and is less strong than clover honey. Lastly I used a Tbsp of honey brandy before adding the mixture to my ice-cream maker to help keep the ice cream from icing. Otherwise this recipe is perfect!
Rating: 4 stars
I actually enjoyed the lavender flavor. Maybe others are a bit more sensitive than I am or they left it steeping longer than directed. I think the honey flavor was a bit strong, but clover honey does tend to be a bit strong in flavor and that's what I used. It was a bit on the sweet side but I figured I could just serve it like gelato because a little goes a long way. I also used nonfat milk instead of whole because that's what I had and it still came out delicious.
Something is very wrong with this recipe. I followed it exactly but the taste of lavender was SO strong it was unedible. The taste of honey was also too strong. If I make it again I will put half the lavender and the honey.
I have just made the most delicious ice cream using this recipe.... Instead of using dried lavender, I added Culinary Lavender oil and was able to balance the strength of the lavender oil by adding small amounts and tasting.. This recipe will be added to my favourites.. ::O)
Perhaps I kept the lavender in the milk for too long, but the lavender flavor was overwhelming. Next time I will strain them quicker.
Being a huge fan of lavender, I could not be more pleased with this ice cream. It had a wonderful lavender taste. I made lavender cookies and turned them into honey lavender ice cream sandwiches. Delicious on a hot summer day!
I was surprised that even my young grandchildren liked this unusual ice cream enough to want seconds.