This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone. Be sure to check the bottom of this post for more spring recipes and a chance to win some great prizes!
If you’ve never made no churn ice cream before, you’ve got to give it a try. It’s revolutionized making ice cream at home–and for good reason. No cook, no churn, no special equipment! And did I mention it’s delicious?
Ever since eating my first lemon lavender cupcake more than a decade ago, I’ve been a lavender fanatic. It took me years to recreate that cupcake, but since then I’ve gone wild. Things like No-Torch Lavender Creme Brulee, Lavender Vanilla Madeleines and Honey Lavender Scones,
I even attended a Lavender festival where I had my first lavender ice cream. And (drumroll). It. Was. Amazing.
How to Make No Churn Lavender Ice Cream
I wasn’t kidding when I said no churn ice creams have revolutionized the homemade market. They truly are super easy and delicious. You start by mixing all the ingredients except the cream:
Fold the two together
Pour into a shallow freezer container
Freeze until firm
Cooking with Lavender
As I mentioned, I’ve done a lot of cooking with lavender. I always worked with dried culinary lavender but there are some real challenges to this.
First dried lavender has a pretty significant bitterness and a mild floral flavor. If you go too easy on the lavender, the flavor doesn’t spread through the whole dish—and too much makes it bitter. Putting it through a blender didn’t really help either. I finally solved the problem by adding the dried lavender buds to the sugar the night before and sealing them up. This infused the flavor through the sugar and therefore through the whole dish. Problem #1 was solved, though it did mean I needed to start the dish a day ahead of time for best results.
The second problem was the bits of lavender. These can be attractive and are not offensive to munch on in a cupcake. But I think It’s downright nasty to get a mouthful of dried flowers in a spoonful of ice cream. Ditto for a smooth buttercream. I even tried pulverizing it in the blender but it wouldn’t grind fine enough.
So, for my no churn lavender ice cream, I used Taylor and Colledge Lavender Extract Paste. The texture was smooth, and the flavor was identical to natural dried lavender at its best. Problem solved AND now I don’t have to start the night before!
Tips and Notes
I was happy to see that Taylor and Colledge didn’t artificially color their lavender paste. I usually try to go the more natural route. If you want the (admittedly lovely) lavender color, feel free to enhance yours with your favorite food safe color. I did sprinkle on (sparingly) a few buds of lavender for garnish.
I often mix vanilla with other flavors (Taylor and Colledge has vanilla too) when I create a recipe. It seems to mellow them out and help remove any harsh or strident notes. This recipe still has a mere 4 ingredients!
After I made my first batch of this no churn lavender ice cream my oldest decided to one up me and made a trio of lavender, lemon and rose ice creams. Yes, yum, yum and yum. She did color these to set them apart.
- 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or paste
- 1 teaspoon lavender paste
- 2 cups cold heavy cream
Combine sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and lavender.
Beat cream on high speed until stiff peaks form.
Fold 1/4 of whipped cream into lavender mixture to lighten, then fold in remaining whipped cream taking care not to deflate too much.
Pour into freezer container (something low and wide is ideal) and frreeze until firm, about 2-3 hours.
Scoop out and serve immediately. Sore unused portion in freezer.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 219Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g
Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.
Giveaway & More Spring Recipes
Today is the third day of #SpringSweetsWeek 2021 hosted by Heather from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks! With the weather warming up and flowers beginning to bloom let’s celebrate with spring sweets and a fun giveaway! This year 24 food bloggers from around the country are sharing over 100 sweet recipes that are perfect for the spring season. So say goodbye to the snow and cold and get ready to enjoy the best spring treats like cupcakes, cookies, pies, dessert boards, and even a few beverages! Our #SpringSweetsWeek sponsors are helping us give away some great prizes. Thank you to Dixie Crystals, Melissa’s Produce, Door County Coffee, Circulon, Taylor and Colledge, and Nairn’s for your generosity. We have an incredible giveaway with six amazing prizes and would love if you would take a moment to read about it and the prizes that you can win!
Wednesday #SpringSweetsWeek Recipes
- Blended Mocha Frappe by Cheese Curd In Paradise
- Chocolate Matzo Tiramisu by Kate’s Recipe Box
- Citrus & Mint Fruit Salad by Books n’ Cooks
- Coffee Jelly Roll by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Cream Cheese Cupcakes by Pook’s Pantry
- Easter Dessert Board by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Frozen Pineapple Margaritas by Family Around the Table
- Kumquat Upside Down Cake by Jen Around the World
- Lemon Cake by House of Nash Eats
- Lemon and Lavender Cream Pie by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Lemon Cooler Cookies by Blogghetti
- Lavender Lemon Cheesecake Bars by Eat Move Make
- Lemon Poppyseed Bread by The Carefree Kitchen
- Lemon Shortbread with Sprinkles by Shockingly Delicious
- Mini Carrot Ginger Rhubarb Bread Loaves by The Spiffy Cookie
- Mini Key Lime Pies by Palatable Pastime
- No Churn Lavender Ice Cream by Art of Natural Living
- Raspberry Almond Coffee Snack Cake by Sweet Beginnings
We share recipes from #SpringSweetsWeek on Pinterest! Make sure you follow the board to see all the delicious recipes shared this week.
Check out the amazing prizes you can win in our #SpringSweetsWeek Giveaway!
Door County Coffee & Tea Co. is giving away one $50 gift certificate to doorcountycoffee.com so that one lucky reader can try any of their amazing coffees and teas.
Door County Coffee & Tea Co. was founded in 1993 in Door County, Wisconsin. It is a small, family-owned business, roasting coffee the old-fashioned way – in small batches to exacting specifications. The mission has always been to produce some of the best-tasting and highest quality coffee. They have over 100 types of coffee, all of which are roasted right on site. Visit https://www.doorcountycoffee.com/ to see their selection of coffees and teas as well as to find some fabulous recipes.
Dixie Crystals is giving away one propane kitchen torch which is ideal for caramelizing creme brulee or roasting peppers in a snap!
Since 1917, Dixie Crystals® has been the South’s choice for high-quality sugar and sweeteners. Our pure cane sugar products are all natural, non-GMO and provide consistently delicious results. Visit https://www.dixiecrystals.com/ for hundreds of recipes, holiday ideas, and plenty of baking videos.
Melissa’s Produce is giving one reader a Fabulous Fruit Fare Basket. Forget your basic apples and bananas and try faraway tropical fruits such as Mango, Papaya, Gold Pineapple, and Coconut, and exotic treasures like Asian Pear, Kiwi, Pepino Melon, Baby Bananas, Seasonal Tangerines, and Kumquats.
Joe and Sharon Hernandez founded Melissa’s Produce with a decade of produce industry experience in a small, rented produce warehouse lunchroom. The Melissa’s brand is named after Joe and Sharon’s daughter, who takes an active role in the company. The company’s Food Service Division has become a full-service operation that supplies culinary professionals with staples, exotics and Melissa’s full line of organic produce. Visit https://www.melissas.com to find the very best fruits, vegetables, gifts, and to get tasty recipes!
Circulon is giving one reader a 5 piece baking set including two 9-inch cake pans, a 9 x 13 baking pan, a 9 x 5 loaf pan, and 10 x 15 cookie pan! It’s everything you need to get baking in the kitchen.
Circulon’s commitment to detail and design for nonstick cookware makes your time in the kitchen more enjoyable due to their 4 “Must Haves” of everyday cooking. The first is nonstick performance. The Circulon TOTAL® Nonstick System of raised circles and triple-layer premium nonstick reduces surface abrasion from cooking utensils to enhance nonstick durability. Then there’s durability. Hard-anodized, stainless steel, and aluminum construction is backed by a hassle-free lifetime warranty for built-to-last cookware you can count on. The last two are even heat distribution and easy clean up. No matter what piece you buy it is sure to meet your expectations and help you enjoy your time in the kitchen. To see all the Circulon products visit https://circulon.com/ .
Taylor & Colledge is giving one lucky winner a trio of extract pastes. One winner will receive Almond Extract Paste, Lemon Extract Paste, and Lavender Extract Paste to help you do your own spring baking!
Taylor & Colledge was founded in 1897 in Australia and has been making extracts ever since! Their products can be used in two different ways when you baking. Whether you use the products as the fragrant, hero ingredient in your baking, or whether it’s a supporting sidekick, you can be assured that with Taylor & Colledge, it will be a pure, rich, full-flavored ingredient in your baking every time. Visit https://www.taylorandcolledge.com/ to learn more about their extracts.
Nairn’s Oatcakes is giving away six of their awesome products to one winner. The winner will receive Nairn’s Gluten Free Original Oat Grahams, Nairn’s Gluten Free Stem Ginger Oat Grahams, Nairn’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Oat Grahams, Nairn’s Gluten Free Caramelized Onion Flatbreads, Nairn’s Gluten Free Rosemary & Sea Salt Flatbreads, and Nairn’s Organic Oat Crackers.
Nairn’s knows a thing or two about oats, they’ve been baking with them since 1896 when John and Sarah Nairn first opened their bakery in Strathaven, Lanarkshire. Since then their team has grown and they have two Edinburgh bakeries. They have a devoted team at each working on their recipes, mixing techniques, and ever-growing range. Check out their products and blog at https://www.nairns-oatcakes.com/
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