Lavender is the new smell and flavor doing the rounds chez Zachs. i am hooked and am hoarding it for tough times. and good times. and fun times. It's amazing what a sniff of these babies can do to you, it's pretty amazing. When we were traveling in Turkey, this was one of the exotic things that caught my eye and i had to have a bunch. The smell and flavor are heady, flavorful and in-your-face refreshing. It's very precious and am guarding it with a lot of love (and armed ferociousness). So stay tuned for more recipes involving this brilliant flower.
P.S: Resist the urge to add heaps of lavender and stick to the recipe. The flavor will kick in, trust me.
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons dried lavender
2 egg yolks
1 cup milk
1/2 cup fresh cream
Bring the milk, cream, honey and lavender to a gentle boil. Once it starts boiling, take it off the flame and let the lavender steep for at least half an hour or an hour if you have that kind of time.
Strain the mixture and return it back to the flame - turn the flame on simmer.
In a separate bowl, whisk the yolks and add half a cup of the milk mixture to the yolks. Keep whisking, and add it back to the saucepan on the flame and continue to stir. Continue to cook till the custard thickens and coats the back of your spoon (approximately ten minutes). Strain to remove lumps if any and set aside to cool.
Pour into a flat bottomed tray or air tight container, cover it with a cling wrap and freeze.
Have fun with the newest cool thing! :)