Ice Cream Surprise: Lavender Ice Cream

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Who wouldn't love a lick of these? Rose Ice Cream, Lemon Ice Cream and, in the background, Lavender Ice Cream.

Fragrant lavender blossoms create the flavor; pale lavender food coloring enhances the appearance of this unusual ice cream. Serve it with a sprig of fresh lavender or a candied violet.

  • 2 rounded tablespoons fresh lavender ­blossoms
  • 1 batch French Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 rounded teaspoon chopped fresh ­lavender blossoms
  • 7 drops red food coloring (optional)
  • 7 drops blue food coloring (optional)
  1. Stir the 2 tablespoons lavender blossoms into the hot ice-cream base. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight (the longer it is refrigerated, the stronger the flavor will be).
  2. Strain the mixture and add the additional chopped lavender blossoms and the optional food coloring.
  3. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Theresa Loe is an aerospace engineer, freelance writer and lecturer who tends her herb garden in a small Southern California coastal community. Her book, The Herbal Home Companion, is due out from Kensington, Inc., this fall.

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