Italian Week – Honey Lavender Gelato

This recipe is for my friends Emma and Emily, British beekeepers extraordinaire!!

Lavender is the name of their Queen bee!


2 cups heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup clover (or other light) liquid honey
2 teaspoons food-quality dried lavender
2 egg yolks
4-6 trays of ice


Heat the cream and milk in a heavy saucepan. Stir often and turn off before it boils. Add lavender. Stir. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes. Set out eggs to bring to room temperature.

Strain the milk mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice and water. Set a smaller bowl inside.

Clean the pot and add the milk, honey and sugar. Heat gently, stirring the whole time until the sugar melts. Separate eggs and beat yolks with a fork or whisk until smooth. Temper the yolks by adding 1/2 cup of the hot milk to them while whisking. Slowly add the yolks to the milk mixture while stirring. Cook over low to medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon the entire time, until it thickens and coats the back of the spoon. Make sure it does not boil or the eggs will scramble.

As soon as it reaches the point when it thickens enough to coat the back of the spoon strain immediately into the bowl in the ice bath. Stir fora couple minutes to let some of the heat escape then cool in ice bath, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes or until chilled. Add ice to outer bowl as necessary.

Churn in an ice cream maker until thick. Transfer to 2 separate air tight containers and freeze until firm. This usually takes 24 hours.

21 thoughts on “Italian Week – Honey Lavender Gelato

  1. babu says:

    This looks so delicious – bonus points for the gorgeous photograph!

  2. Alicia says:

    Wow! I will have to convince my husband to make this!

  3. Oh yum, I love gelato. I bet the honey is beautiful mixed with the lavender. Mmmmm

  4. Wow, you are a miracle! This looks amazing, perfect ice cream for beekeepers πŸ™‚

  5. ribana12 says:

    I love gelato!!

  6. wildsherkin says:

    Hi Deborah, Just to let you know that I have passed the β€œOne Lovely Blog” award on to you…and now I see that you have one already!

    • I appreciate it just the same!! Thanks so much!!

      I’m planning a big thank you to all the people who have passed on awards, and I will be sure to give you lots of recognition!!

  7. this sounds so good, I just read about chamomile whipped cream too, herbs in desserts are yum.

  8. Emily Heath says:

    Oh wow, how gorgeous! I like the idea of you making up recipes for us, it’s like having our own transatlantic chef!

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