Blueberry Lavender

I made a cake version of this ice cream this summer and it was incredible. I hadn’t really thought to make an ice cream version until this week when I was cleaning out my spice cabinet and realized I still had some lavender. I dug out the last of the summer blueberries and quickly whipped up some jam. While not as good as the cake, it is a much easier version that lasts bit longer (and doesn’t result in me eating cake for breakfast). I would recommend pairing this ice cream with some Prosecco.

Ingredients

Base
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
0.3 cup sugar
1.5 Tbsp dried culinary lavender

Jam
2 cups blueberries
0.5 cup sugar


Directions

Heat up the blueberries in a small sauce pan with the 0.5 cup of sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil and then simmer. Stirring occasionally, the blueberries should cook down to a jam after approximately one hour. Once the jam is done, transfer it into a heat proof container to let it cool. I prefer to let it fully cool in the fridge overnight.

In a separate sauce pan create the base by combining the heavy cream, milk, sugar, and lavender. Warm the mixture on low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Do not boil. Once dissolved, transfer the base into a heat proof container. Store in the fridge until cooled.

Once the jam and base have fully cooled (I prefer to cool them overnight), strain the lavender out of the base. Next, add the base to your ice cream maker and churn to the manufactures instructions. After the ice cream has taken form, slowly fold in the jam to the base. It should not fully mix, but rather create a marbled effect.

Refrigerate for a few hours.

Serve and enjoy!

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Lavender Blackberry

I’ll admit, lavender isn’t my favorite. While it has grown on me in the last few years, it’s probably a scent I am never going to seek out. However, this summer I began cooking with lavender and am hooked. I made a lavender cake earlier this summer which was pretty much to die for. I obviously wanted to try putting it in ice cream, but was also worried that it would come out tasting like hand soap. Hence, the blackberries. I am pretty happy the way this one came out. I think in the future though I would add a sprinkle of lavender to the blueberries as I cooked them. I would recommend this ice cream with a summer cocktail like a gin and tonic.

Ingredients

Base
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
0.5 cup sugar
Dash of vanilla extract
1 tbsp lavender

Blackberry
2 cups blackberries
2 tbsp sugar


Directions

Heat up the blackberries in a small sauce pan with the sugar. You can choose how much you want to cook the blackberries. The longer you cook them, the more they will have a jammy texture. I cooked mine just until they were soft and the pan was starting to fill with liquid.

In a separate sauce pan create the base by combining the heavy cream, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and lavender. Warm the mixture on low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Do not boil. Once dissolved, transfer the base into a heat proof container. Store in the fridge until cooled.

Once the blackberries and base have fully cooled overnight, strain the lavender. Next, add the base to your ice cream maker and churn to the manufactures instructions. After the ice cream has taken form, slowly add the blackberries to the base.

Refrigerate for a few hours.

Serve and enjoy!

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S’more

I can’t take credit for this recipe. It was dreamed up by a friend as a suggestion for the blog, but I was more than happy to create and post it because it is delicious.

I ate an absurd number of s’more this summer. I only get them during a select few warm weeks here in the PNW, so I always take full advantage. This recipe is the perfect treat as we move into fall, a last grasp of summer. It makes me yearn for the warn days of summer and campfires. You can modify this recipe to your preference. In the future, I would probably hunt out some dark chocolate instead of milk. I would recommend this recipe with any fireside drink- red wine, baileys, or a coors light.

Ingredients

Base
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
0.5 cup sugar
Dash of vanilla extract

S’More
4 graham crackers, smashed into fine pieces
0.5 cup mini chocolate chips
0.5 cup marshmallow fluff


Directions

In a sauce pan create the base by combining the heavy cream, milk, sugar, and vanilla extract. Warm the mixture on low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Do not boil. Once dissolved, transfer the base into a heat proof container and add in the graham cracker pieces. Store in the fridge until cooled.

Once the base has fully cooled (I prefer to cool them overnight), add the base to your ice cream maker and churn to the manufactures instructions. After the ice cream has taken form, slowly add the chocolate chips to the base. Once the ice cream has fully formed, slowly fold in the marshmallow fluff

Refrigerate for a few hours.

Serve and enjoy!

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Blueberry Pie

I signed up for a CSA this year and am loving it. For those of you who may not know, CSA stands for community supported agriculture. Basically, this means that each week I pick up a variety of fruits and vegetables that are grown locally here in BC. So far, I’ve been cooking with items such as kale, garlic scrapes, potatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini. It’s made me feel a bit like I am on Top Chef each week.

One of the best perks of picking up at the farm is that they have had U-pick berries all summer long. Recently I picked a gallon of blueberries for less than I paid for lunch that day. I honestly have more than I know what to do with. At first I considered making a pie out of them, but realized that with no time to host a dinner party and serve it, the majority of the pie would I would most definitely end up in my stomach. Thus, blueberry pie ice cream was churned. I can honestly say that it might be the tastiest thing I have ever created. I tend to make my ice cream base the night before and churn it in the morning after it has cooled and diffused. My morning churn frankly resulted in more ice cream in my mouth than in the container (perhaps the pie would have actually been better for my hips?) You will have to try it for yourself, but I am positive that there is simply nothing better than blueberry pie with vanilla ice cream served in a single bite.

Ingredients

Base
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
0.3 cup sugar
Dash of vanilla extract

Pie Filling
2.5 cups blueberries
0.5 cup sugar

Crust
4 graham crackers, smashed into fine pieces


Directions

Heat up the blueberries in a small sauce pan with the 0.5 cup of sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil and then simmer. Stirring occasionally, the blueberries should cook down to a jam after approximately one hour. Once the jam is done, transfer it into a heat proof container to let it cool. I prefer to let it fully cool in the fridge overnight.

In a separate sauce pan create the base by combining the heavy cream, milk, sugar, and vanilla extract. Warm the mixture on low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Do not boil. Once dissolved, transfer the base into a heat proof container and add in the graham cracker pieces. Store in the fridge until cooled.

Once the jam and base have fully cooled (I prefer to cool them overnight), add the base to your ice cream maker and churn to the manufactures instructions. After the ice cream has taken form, slowly add the jam to the base. It should not fully mix, but rather create a marbled effect.

Refrigerate for a few hours.

Serve and enjoy!

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