The intriguing flavor of lavender perfumes this rich and creamy ice cream. Studded with figs and drizzled with lavender honey, it makes for a sophisticated dessert.
3 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
1 vanilla bean
8 egg yolks
1⁄2 cup sugar
7 tbsp. lavender honey
8 dried figs, chopped
1-2 drops lavender oil
Fresh fruit, as needed
1. In a large saucepan, scald cream, milk and vanilla bean. Remove from heat, cover, and infuse flavor for 30 minutes.
2. In a large bowl, beat yolks with sugar and honey until sugar has dissolved. Set aside.
3. Reheat cream to scalding. Pour a small amount of hot cream into yolks, whisking. Return to saucepan; whisk in remaining cream. Cook until mixture thickens. Add figs; chill. Freeze in ice cream machine.
4. Serve ice cream with a drizzle of lavender honey if desired, alongside seasonal fruit salad perfumed with a drop or two of lavender oil.