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Honey Lavender Ice Cream

Provence A couple of years ago, I traveled across the South of France with a friend, eating our way from town to town. It was May, the weather was perfect, and the eating was mostly very good. The taste that really stayed with me after the trip, was a pot of honey infused with lavender that I bought at a food market in San Rémy.

It’s a funny thing, sometimes I think that we are fools here to work so carefully with ingredients and process. Most ice cream makers would buy their mix and flavours in big tubs from companies such as Pregel and Fabbri. They are the smart businesspeople, and I really mean that. If you want to make money with an ice cream shop and want to make your own ice cream without too much bother, that is how you do it. You save a fortune on labour and ingredients, and a good percentage of customers aren’t too bothered.

Provence AgainStill, I suppose the world needs a few fools, and I can’t get past the taste thing. Fresh ingredients just taste better, and besides it’s much more fun to play. For example, I’ve never seen Lavender and honey ice cream from a mix company! So last year, I put my mind to making it, and I think it’s a wonderful flavour. Recently I was asked for the recipe, so I’ve modified it for home use.

Here it is, if you want to try it. Chances are your kids (if you have any) will hate it, so you can eat it all yourself. Let me know how you get on.

By the way, this may sound strange, but it’s a great partner to chocolate cake!

LavenderMurphy’s Honey Lavender Cream

1 Cup (237ml) Sugar
5 Egg Yolks
1 1/8 Cups (266ml) Cream
1 1/8 Cups(266ml) Milk
2 Tablespoons Lavender Flowers
2 Cups (475ml) Water
3 tablespoons liquid honey

1. Cook the lavender flowers in the water over low heat until the water has reduced to 1/10th of the volume.

2. Remove from the heat and strain. Stir in the honey.

3. Beat the sugar and egg yolks together until thick and pale yellow.

4. Bring the milk to a simmer.

5. Beat the milk into the eggs and sugar in a slow stream.

6. Pour the mixture back into pan and place over low heat. Stir until the custard thickens (around 70C). Use a thermometer, as at 75C the eggs will scramble!

7. Allow the custard to cool.

8. Mix in the lavender and honey.

9. Whip the cream.

10. Gently fold in the custard.

Ice Cream Mix11. Freeze using a domestic ice cream machine, or cover and place in the freezer.

Yield: 6 Servings


1. I suggest you use a simple, liquid honey. Darker or more complex honeys will have a very strong flavour, so in that case use less!

2. Lavender flowers should be available at your local health food shop.

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12 Responses to “Honey Lavender Ice Cream”

  1. March 6th, 2006 at 3:24 pm

    Bernie says:

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  2. March 6th, 2006 at 3:24 pm

    Bernie says:

    What ingredient causes ice cream to freeze the fastest?

  3. March 6th, 2006 at 4:19 pm

    KFM says:

    Milk, I suppose, as fat (such as cream) tends to lower the freezing point. However, the thickening ingredients such as the egg yolks and sugar will help it become solid quicker. Does that help?

  4. March 26th, 2006 at 3:57 am

    Ami F. says:

    This sounds yummy! I’m going to have to try making some myself. It will pair perfectly with my favorite lavender, lemon and chamomile tea! Like you I ate my way through the South of France… is there any other way? The fields of lavender and local markets are just intoxicating. becuase of my experiences there, I now love cooking and baking with lavender. Since I can’t travel back to the french markets, I buy mine online at They offer a French organic culinary lavender at a fair price in a beautiful package!

  5. March 26th, 2006 at 11:54 am

    KFM says:

    Thanks for that!

    Let me know how it works if you make it!

  6. March 16th, 2007 at 5:48 am

    jonathan says:

    going to attempt this recipe with lavender oil…
    Ill let you know if it works!!
    Out here in Oakland,ca


  7. September 29th, 2008 at 11:50 am

    user1182 says:

    Goodmorning, I bought your book and I am wondering where to get edible lavender in Ireland, I have visited allmost all health food shops in Dublin but no luck so far…
    I hope you can help.



  8. September 29th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Kieran says:

    Ask one of the healthfood shops if they can’t order it in. We got ours through a health food shop distributor. Best of luck, and thanks for buying the book!

  9. January 19th, 2009 at 9:11 am

    David Bornilla says:

    wow i love ice creams

    nice blog


  10. March 18th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Lavender says:

    You hav brought two of my favorite things together – ice cream and lavender. Score! I can’t wait to try this.

  11. January 16th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Ice Cream Ireland » Blog Archive » Deconstruction: A New Flavour Concept says:

    [...] could make honey ice cream and lavender ice cream, instead of an ice cream that is both. That way, the possibilities would be endless. Not only could people mix the two to create our [...]

  12. April 20th, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Lisa says:

    Is it possible to use lavender leaves from a plant? If so, would it affect the amount used?

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