It really is hard to belive the 4th of July is almost here. I say this every year, but it just seems like time flies by so quickly. We aren’t going anywhere for the fourth this year and will just have a relaxing day at my parents house which is always a good time. One of my favorite things to make this time of year is a bunch of different ice creams. For my first batch of the season I went with an easy to make blackberry lavender that is layered with so much flavor and tastes like summertime. I highly recommend buying an ice cream maker. I got mine for under $100 on sale and I get so much use out of it throughout the year not just in the summer. It makes the process of ice cream making so much easier.
Blackberry Lavender Ice Cream
- 5 egg yolks
- 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3 cups of heavy cream (you can use whole milk but I feel like cream works better)
- 3 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 tablespoons dried lavender
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 3 cups fresh blackberries (make sure they are really ripe)
Directions: Break the eggs and separate the yolk one by one into a sauce pan over medium low heat. Add the sugar and whisk together until the mixture begins to lighten in color. Add the heavy cream, vanilla, lavender and salt. Bring the mixture to a low boil, stirring as is begins to thicken (about 10 minutes) Once the mixture has thickened a bit remove from heat and pour into a fine strainer over a glass bowl (this is so the lavender pieces do not get in the ice cream mixture) set aside.
In a separate bowl add the blackberries and begin to carefully mash. This part can be messy so it is important to take it slow. I even like to use a latex glove and gently mash the blackberries with my hands. When the berries are finely mashed and the juices have been released pour into the cream mixture and mix until well combined. Cover and place in the fridge for up to four hours or until completely cooled. Once cool add to an ice cream maker based on the instructions. When ice cream is churned completely pour into freezer safe container and let sit overnight.
ICE CREAM ESSENTIALS