Lavender Ice Cream

Lavender Ice-cream, lavender ice cream recipe
Lavender Ice Cream

Lavender Ice Cream

I make Lavender Ice Cream using my standard ice cream recipe. It has a wonderful floral creaminess which is perfect eaten in the garden on a sunny English summer day!

Lavender is a strong taste and needs to be used in moderation to avoid echoes of furniture polish!  Don’t be tempted to increase the amount in this recipe.  What you are looking for is a subtle whisper of lavender rather than a full-on bombardment of your taste-buds.    As it is such a strong flavour,  I would serve this Lavender Ice Cream on its own or possibly together with plain vanilla ice cream or maybe Lemon Shortbread biscuits.

You only need the egg yolks for this recipe which means you will have spare egg whites.  As I hate waste, I pretty much always make some form of meringue, when I make ice cream and, very conveniently, my meringue recipe requires four egg whites.  If you feel in the mood for meringue, you could check out my basic Meringue  or Pavlova recipes, or if you want something slightly different, you could try my Rose Meringue recipe.

 Equipment

Whisk and bowl.  This recipe is a breeze using an but you can still make it if you don’t have one (see instructions under point 8 of Method)

 

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Lavender Ice-cream, lavender ice cream recipe

Lavender Ice Cream

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: for 6 people 1x
  • Category: Ice-cream
  • Cuisine: English

Description

Rich and creamy, this Lavender Ice Cream is a great way of using the wonderful, floral taste of lavender.


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Ingredients

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 85 g caster sugar
  • 425 ml double cream
  • 3 fresh lavender flowers broken down into petals (or 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh lavender leaves)
Lavender Ice-cream, lavender ice cream recipe, lavender ice cream
Cream and lavender

Instructions

  1. Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar in a bowl until the mixture looks paler and resembles a mousse.
  2. Put the cream and lavender flowers or leaves in a saucepan and heat gently. Do not allow to boil – it will be the right temperature when you are just about able to bear to dip a finger in it!
  3. Remove the saucepan containing the cream and lavender from the heat.  At this stage you can strain the cream to remove all the lavender.  I generally don’t strain the lavender out as I like the little blue petals distributed through the ice cream but I know some people prefer a totally smoothe ice cream with just the flavour and no petals!
  4. Pour the infused cream into the bowl containing the egg yolks and sugar, whisking all the time.
  5. Transfer the combined mixture into a bowl set over a pan of simmering water or, ideally a double-boiler, as you need to reheat it very gently.
  6. The mixture will gradually thicken until it looks like a custard (which is what it is).  Stir regularly to make sure it does not stick while it is thickening.
  7. Remove the thick custard from the heat and transfer into a bowl.  Allow to cool to room temperature and then transfer to the fridge to become thoroughly chilled.
  8. When you are ready to make the ice-cream, transfer to your ice-cream maker and use according to your machine’s instructions.  If you do not have an ice-cream maker, you can place the mixture in a freezer-proof container, put in the freezer for several hours until half-frozen.  Whisk the mixture and then return to the container and replace in the freezer until totally frozen.
Lavender Ice-cream, lavender ice cream recipe
Lavender Ice Cream

Notes

Make sure that you only use fresh lavender that you are sure has not been sprayed with chemicals.  The best place to source it is from your garden – it is very easy to grow!

If you do not have access to fresh lavender, you can use 2 teaspoons of dried culinary lavender.  The flavour is strengthened by the drying process, so the amount is less than that for fresh lavender.

Keywords: lavender, ice-cream, lavender ice-cream, lavender ice cream, recipe

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Honey Cream Tea with Lavender Scones

Lavender Scones
Honey Cream Tea with Lavender Scones

Honey Cream Tea with Lavender Scones

This Honey Cream Tea, made with Lavender Scones, is a variation on the traditional English Cream Tea which uses plain or fruited scones sandwiched with jam and cream.

I first tasted a Honey Cream Tea many years ago when visiting Quince Honey Farm in Devon.   Understandably, given the primary product of the farm, they served scones sandwiched with cream and honey, rather than the traditional jam.   When I decided to write a recipe for Lavender Scones, it occurred to me that a honey and cream filling would go very well with their floral flavour – and so it proved!  If you have lavender-scented honey, so much the better.

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Lavender Scones, Honey Cream Tea

Honey Cream Tea with Lavender Scones

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 15 scones 1x
  • Category: Scones
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: English

Description

This Honey Cream Tea is made with lavender-flavoured scones sandwiched together with honey and whipped cream.  It is a variation on a traditional English Cream Tea, which combines plain or fruited scones with jam and cream.

Lavender Scones
Honey Cream Tea

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Ingredients

  • 350 g self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 85 g butter
  • 25 g caster sugar
  • 4 fresh lavender buds (or 2 tablespoons of culinary lavender)
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 ml milk
  • A small pot of good quality (ideally locally-sourced) honey
  • 300 ml double cream (whipped)
Lavender scones
Lavender scones

Instructions

  1. Set your oven to 200 C/400 F/Gas Mark 6.
  2. Put the flour and baking powder in a large bowl.  Cut the butter into small cubes and add it to the flour.  Rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Add the sugar to the flour and butter mixture.
  4. Detach the small flowers from the lavender stalks and add them to the mixture.
  5. Lightly beat the eggs and add them and the milk to the mixture.
  6. Use your hands to very gently combine the mixture so that it forms a soft dough.
  7. Press the dough out onto a floured surface.  It needs to be about 1cm thick.  Use a round cutter to cut out dough shapes and place them on a greased baking sheet.
  8. Put the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 15 minutes until the scones have risen and are a light golden colour.
  9. Transfer the scones to a cooling rack.
  10. When they are cool, split them in half and sandwich together with honey and whipped cream.
Lavender scones, honey cream tea
Lavender scones

Keywords: lavender, scones, lavender scones, honey cream tea

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Rose Meringues

Rose meringues
Rose meringues

Rose Meringues

I would not say that I am a particulary girly person.  However, sometimes, the mood hits me to make something pretty and pink and Rose Meringues is my go-to recipe.

These lovely rose flavoured meringues are a delicate shell pink.  They are crisp on the outside and gooey inside and I like to serve them sandwiched together with billowing whipped cream.  I think Rose Meringues go particularly well with raspberries, which have a strong slightly tart flavour that complements their sugary floral taste.  Dark pink raspberries also look pretty with the pale pink meringues.  If you have a few rose petals to strew around on the plate, so much the better!

My meringue recipe needs four egg whites and my basic ice-cream recipe needs four egg yolks.  Therefore, as I hate waste, when I make meringues I generally make ice-cream too.   If you are making these meringues and want to make ice-cream too (and why not, frankly?), there are lots of lovely home-made ice-cream recipes that you could try such as Elderflower Ice-creamRhubarb Curd and Rose Ice-cream or Mango and Lime Ice-cream.

 

Rose meringues

Rose meringues

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Rose flavoured meringues

Rose Meringues

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 24 medium sized meringues 1x
  • Category: Meringues
  • Cuisine: English

Description

These pretty pink meringues are flavoured with rose and accompanied by fresh raspberries and whipped cream.


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Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons rosewater
  • A little pink food colouring (optional)
  • 225 g caster sugar

Instructions

  1. Set the oven to 140 C/275F or Gas Mark 1.
  2. Cover two baking sheets with baking parchment. Spread a very thin film of flavourless oil, such as rapeseed oil, on the baking parchment (the best way is to rub it over the parchment with your fingers and then remove the excess with a piece of kitchen towel).
  3. Whisk the egg whites with the salt until they form soft peaks.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of the sugar, 2 teaspoons of rosewater and a little food colouring (if using)  to the egg whites and whisk again until very stiff and shiny.
  5. Fold in the rest of the sugar.
  6. Spoon the mixture onto the baking parchment.  You can make your meringues small, medium or large depending on the size spoon you use – teaspoon, dessert spoon or tablespoon.
  7. Place the baking tray in the oven and bake until they are hard on the outside but still gooey in the middle.  This will take between an hour and an hour and a half.
Rose flavoured meringues
Rose meringues

Keywords: meringue, rose

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Lavender Sugar and Rose Geranium Sugar

Rose Geranium Sugar recipe
Rose Geranium Sugar

Two Herb Sugars – Lavender Sugar and Rose Geranium Sugar

This recipe tells you how to make two Herb Sugars –  Lavender Sugar and Rose Geranium Sugar.  Both follow the same process and are very easy to make.  You simply place fresh lavender leaves and buds or chopped rose geranium leaves in a jar of sugar.   The sugar will become infused with the scent of the herbs and can then be used as an ingredient to bring a floral flavour to cakes, puddings or other dishes.

About Rose Geraniums

Lavender is quite a common plant in gardens or in pots on balconies.  Rose Geraniums are less well-known.   There are a number of scented varieties of Rose Geranium (which are actually technically pelargoniums) and all have leaves that smell of rose –  I think they actually smell a bit like Turkish Delight!  I have two varieties –  Angels Perfume and Attar of Roses  –  which I bought from Herbal Haven which is a specialist herb nursery.

Rose Geranium leaves can be used in lots of puddings and desserts to add a subtle rose flavour.  I think this is a better way than using rose-petals as you only need a few leaves whereas you need loads of petals (and, really, who wants to destroy their roses?).

Pelargonium
Rose Geranium

About Herb Sugars

Herb Sugars were popular in Victorian times as a way of capturing the flavour of fresh herbs.     Once the sugar has taken on the scent of the herb, it will keep for many months and, in the days when people cooked with what they grew themselves, this allowed herb-scented dishes to be made in winter when there were no fresh herbs available.

It is best to make Herb Sugars in the summer, when the flavour of herbs is at its strongest.   A wide variety of herbs can be used to produce Herb Sugars, in addition to lavender and rose geranium, and some of my favourites include: thyme, rosemary, bay, lemon verbena and mint.

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Lavender sugar recipe

Lavender Sugar

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 1 jam jar 1x
  • Category: Herb Sugar
  • Cuisine: English

Description

Lavender Sugar is produced by allowing the flavour of fresh lavender to infuse into caster sugar which can then be used as an ingredient to bring a floral taste to cakes, biscuits, puddings and other dishes.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 350 g caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh lavender (leaves and/or flowers)

Instructions

  1. Place the caster sugar in a bowl.
  2. Place your chopped lavender on a plate and press with the back of a spoon to encourage it to release its flavour.
  3. Add the chopped lavender to the sugar and mix well.
  4. Transfer the sugar and lavender mixture to a jam jar.
  5. Seal the jar and leave for at least 24 hours, and preferably a week, to allow the flavour to infuse into the sugar.
  6. When you are ready to use the sugar, you can either pass it through a coarse sieve to remove the herb pieces or you can leave them in the sugar.

Keywords: herb sugar, lavender, sugar

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Rose Geranium Sugar recipe

Rose Geranium Sugar

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 1 jam jar 1x
  • Category: Herb Sugar
  • Cuisine: English

Description

Rose Geranium Sugar is produced by allowing the flavour of fresh rose geranium leaves to infuse into caster sugar which can then be used as an ingredient to bring a floral taste to cakes, biscuits, puddings and other dishes.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 350 g caster sugar
  • 10 rose geranium leaves (finely chopped)

Instructions

  1. Place the caster sugar in a bowl.
  2. Place your chopped rose geranium leaves on a plate and press with the back of a spoon to encourage them to release their flavour.
  3. Add the chopped rose geranium leaves to the sugar and mix well.
  4. Transfer the sugar and rose geranium mixture to a jam jar.
  5. Seal the jar and leave for at least 24 hours, and preferably a week, to allow the flavour to infuse into the sugar.
  6. When you are ready to use the sugar, you can either pass it through a coarse sieve to remove the herb pieces or you can leave them in the sugar.

Notes

In order to make this Herb Sugar, you need to make sure you source Rose Geraniums, such as Angels’ Perfume or Attar of Roses, which have leaves that are strongly rose-scented.

Keywords: lavender sugar, rose geranium sugar

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Elderflower Gin

Gin and elderflowers
Gin ingredients – elderflower and lemon

Elderflower Gin

Many people, including me,  use these fragrant flowers to make Elderflower Cordial but they can also be used to make beautiful floral-flavoured Elderflower Gin.  Unlike some flavoured gins, such as Rhubarb Gin, which take a number of weeks to mature before they can be drunk, Elderflower Gin is ready the next day!   It is great on its own or with a mixer, such as tonic, or with sparkling wine.

Elderflowers are a good starting point for new “foragers” as they are so widely available and easily recognisable.   They are the blossoms of the elder (Sambucus nigra) which is a small tree or shrub commonly found in woodlands and gardens throughout the UK.   The small creamy-white flowers are arranged in big clusters and bloom in late May or early June.   In autumn, they turn into purple elderberries which also have a range of culinary uses.

Elderflowers
Elderflowers

Equipment

Jam jar

Elderflower cordial
Picked elderflowers

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Elderflower gin

Elderflower Gin

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15
  • Yield: 500 ml 1x
  • Category: Gin
  • Cuisine: English

Description

Add the scent of early English summer to your cocktails with this home-made Elderflower Gin.


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Ingredients

  • 6 elderflower heads
  • 1 strip peel from an unwaxed lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of caster sugar
  • 500 ml gin

Instructions

  1. Wash the elderflower heads to remove any insects.
  2. Put the elderflower heads into the jar together with the lemon peel and caster sugar.  Add the gin.
  3. Allow to infuse for 24 hours.
  4. Strain through a sieve lined with muslin or kitchen paper into a clean jar or bottle.
  5. The gin will keep for approximately one month.

Keywords: elderflower gin

Gin and elderflowers
Elderflower Gin

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