Lavender honey lattes are my favorite drink to start my mornings with! I drink them hot in the winter and iced in the summer. Now that summer is approaching here, I got an idea to make this latte into an ice cream flavor! This Lavender Honey Ice Cream is so easy to make and it's no churn so it's made without an ice cream maker!
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No Churn Ice Cream Must include sweetened condensed milk, right?
Nope! I'm fairly new to the homemade ice cream world and I have the ice cream maker attachment for my stand mixer, but I wanted to make this recipe no churn so that everyone can make it! Since this was my first time making ice cream without my ice cream maker, I attempted it using sweetened condensed milk. However, the taste of the sweetened condensed milk was so overpowering, I could not get over it!
I was determined to make a no churn recipe without sweetened condensed milk. So, I brainstormed ways to replace it. It's a fat, and the fat in churned ice cream is egg yolks, so why couldn't I use those instead? Well, there's the whole raw egg problem. I know some people eat raw eggs, but I'm not about to risk salmonella. I decided to try cooking the egg yolks on the stove before mixing them in with the whipped cream. To my surprise, it worked great! However, my first couple of attempts resulted in extremely soft ice cream that didn't freeze very well. This told me my egg yolk to whipped cream ratio was off. I decreased the yolk count and the next few trials worked perfectly! So, I am extremely excited to bring you no churn ice cream without sweetened condensed milk!
How to Make No Churn Ice Cream
Most no churn ice creams are made by whisking the heavy whipping cream to soft peaks (thick enough to hold itself together but still a bit droopy when you lift the whisk) and then folding in the sweetened condensed milk and flavoring. Since this recipe doesn't use condensed milk, it has a few extra steps and takes a bit more time. It's so worth it, though! It tastes just like normal ice cream and has a perfect creamy consistency!
For this recipe, you'll still want to whisk the heavy cream to soft peaks. However, you'll also need to constantly whisk the egg yolks, sugar, honey, lavender syrup, salt, and purple dye together in a small/medium saucepan over low-medium heat until the mixture reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit. This will only take a few minutes and should be checked using a kitchen thermometer. Once it reaches this temperature, remove it from the heat and transfer it to a heat-resistant bowl. Put it in the refrigerator to chill, but pop in and whisk it every 5-10 minutes. Once the egg mixture is cold but still liquidy, give it one last stir and begin folding it into the whipped cream ⅓ at a time. When it's a nice homogenous mixture, pour it into a frozen loaf pan and put it in the freezer immediately!
Tips & Storage:
- Put your loaf pan in the freezer before making the lavender honey ice cream. You want the ice cream to freeze as quick as possible to get a creamy texture, and this step helps with that!
- The purple food dye is optional but recommended. It'll still taste great without it, but the purple lavender syrup mixed with yellow egg yolks doesn't make the prettiest color.
- Try to store the ice cream as far back in the freezer as possible where it's the coldest.
- I highly recommend using a metal pan as they freeze to and maintain lower temperatures than other materials. Also, the shallower the pan is, the better. Anything that will help the ice cream freezer faster and colder is the best option!
- Let the ice cream freeze initially at the very minimum of 6-8 hours. However, I recommend letting it freeze overnight.
- I don't cover it for the initial freeze, but I recommend adding a cover after scooping into it.
- Store the ice cream in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.
Lavender Honey Affogato
Some of you might be wondering: okay, Kayla, you said you turned the latte into an ice cream flavor, so where's the coffee??
Have you ever tried an affogato? It's another one of my favorite ways to consume coffee & ice cream! An affogato is ice cream served with a shot of espresso poured over the top! This is the dessert form I had in mind when creating this recipe, and it's everything I ever dreamed of! The ice cream is delicious on it's own, but even more incredible with espresso! Although, I'm a bit biased. I also wanted to keep the espresso separate from the ice cream for those who don't like the taste of coffee! However, if you do like it, give this affogato a shot! (Pun intended.) Since the ice cream is pretty soft, I chill the espresso before pouring it over the scoops. This also keeps it colder for the hot summer days!
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Lavender Honey Ice Cream
- 8x4 or 9x5 inch loaf pan (or a shallow metal pan)
- Mixing bowls
- Small/medium saucepan
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups
- Electric hand or stand mixer with whisk attachment
- 1½ cups heavy whipping cream cold
- 5 large egg yolks
- 6 tablespoons (75g) granulated sugar
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup lavender syrup
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon purple food dye optional but recommended
- Place a clean & dry loaf pan in the freezer.
- Mix the yolks, sugar, honey, lavender syrup, salt, and purple dye in a small/medium saucepan. Heat over low-medium heat while stirring constantly until the mixture reaches 160°F. Transfer the mixture to a heat-resistant bowl and let it cool. Place the bowl in the refrigerator so that it's cold when you mix it into the whipped cream.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk the heavy whipping cream to soft peaks (thick enough to hold together but droopy when you pick up the whisk). I recommend using a hand or stand mixer with whisk attachment for this step. Place this in the refrigerator as well until the yolk mixture is cold.
- Once the yolk mixture is cold, give it a good stir with a whisk. Then, gently fold ⅓ of the mixture into the whipped cream. Repeat until they're fully combined and smooth & creamy.
- Pour the ice cream mixture into the frozen loaf pan and immediately place in the freezer as close to the back as possible. Let it freeze for at least 8 hours and then enjoy!