Honey, you’ve got to taste this…

I started to feel bad as of late that I was not doing any inspired by Dorie recipes and therefore my readers were not getting any recipes. Well this weeks pick(by Amy of Food, Family, and Friends)  was a Chocolate Banded Ice Cream Torte. It is suppose to be raspberry but I went ahead and made a Honey Lavender Ice Cream. Tartelette had made a beautiful looking lavender panna cotta a while back and it had me wanting to make lavender ice cream ever since.
The original torte has more layers of chocolate, but since I made a mini, only one was fitting. I also didn’t top it with chocolate like you are suppose to. I was in the mood for more lavender than chocolate.

Honey Lavender Ice Cream

2 cups heavy cream
1 cup half-and-half
2/3 cup lavender honey(or any honey)
2 tablespoons dried edible lavender flowers(can be ordered through Penzey’s)
2 large eggs
1/8 teaspoon salt

Bring cream, half-and-half, honey, and lavender just to a boil in a 2-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, then remove pan from heat. Let steep, covered, 30 minutes.
Pour cream mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl and discard lavender. Return mixture to cleaned saucepan and heat over moderate heat until hot.
Whisk together eggs and salt in a large bowl, then add 1 cup hot cream mixture in a slow stream, whisking. Pour into remaining hot cream mixture in saucepan and cook over moderately low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until thick enough to coat back of spoon and registers 170 to 175°F on thermometer, about 5 minutes (do not let boil).
Pour custard through sieve into cleaned bowl and cool completely, stirring occasionally. Chill, covered, until cold, at least 3 hours.
Freeze custard in ice cream maker. Transfer ice cream to an airtight container and put in freezer to harden.

Adpated from Gourmet Magazine, September 2003


  1. beautiful and elegant, and i bet it tasted that way, too!

  2. Gorgeous! Very pretty and refined tasting!



  3. It looks gorgeous. I’ve seen the original in other blog and it seams great, but as I love lavander and honey I don’t know if I could chose between them and your!

  4. this looks gorgeous. Really sophisticated. Never used lavender but i think it goes well.

  5. So elegant… and pretty and I bet sooo delicious too!

  6. Classy – gives me ideas for how to use all the lavender I have sitting around my kitchen…

  7. Absolutely gorgeous. You are a wonderful cook and photographer.

  8. Lovely! This inspires me to make something with lavender.

  9. Ive been wanting to do some baking with Lavender – you’ve inspired me to to give it a go. This looks fantastic

  10. That looks amazing…I have a ton of lavendar sitting in the pantry…mmm… :)

  11. Looks fantastic! Very elegant. I’ve always wanted to make something with lavender… you’ve inspired me!

  12. Ohh, that does sound delicious and I shall have to check it out at work to see the picture or on Tastespotting if you post it there! I am betting it looks fabulous!

  13. I always love your variations on recipes and challenges – the honey-lavender was a lovely choice!!

  14. Lovely.

  15. Looks fabulous! I just ordered some lavender flowers the other day… think I just might make this!

  16. One of you nicest photos! Nice work.

  17. Beautiful! Looks soooo delicious, and very sophisticated. Great photos!

  18. Lavender is such a sophisticated flavor, Pea, and this dessert is equally so. I love the photos, too.

  19. Lavender and Honey. How wonderful. I have to try that ice cream. My friend would adore it. And I wouldn’t turn it down. Without the chocolate on top it just looks elegant. Thanks for this.

  20. Oh my goodness! Your dessert is so elegant! I love it!!

  21. That’s a pretty romantic looking plate of decadence, peabody. Just gorgeous. I love lavender and always sneak more of the dried buds into my Herbs de Provence. I love the flavor in so many things, but haven’t tried it in dessert now that I think of it. I do have two bushes out back for fresh experiments, though…

  22. WOW that is amazing – What a beautiful and romanitc cake – This cake would be wonderful for so many special occasions. Beautiful photo

  23. Oh good lord, this is gorgeous. Nice job. I’m really curious as to how the honey lavender actually tastes – I’ve never had lavender ice cream.

  24. WOW!! That looks delicious…… Never had lavender ice cream but its lovely in cookies :)

  25. I guess it’s a lavender kind of week? I made lavender almond cake yesterday!

    Lovely dessert and pictures!

  26. Dang girl, that looks fan-freaking-tastic!! Now I want to make something lavender… ;)

  27. Elegant. A grown up dessert, I’d say.

  28. i’m a sucker for anything purple, and i’m definitely a sucker for this. unfortunately, i think it’s too sophisticated for a hick like me. just kidding, i can handle it. :)

  29. my first thought was, “pretty!” i love the ice cream. i have been thinking about lavender infused delights ever since i saw tarteltte’s panna cotta as well.

  30. PROFESSIONAL! I would pay for that cake! It is gorgeous!

  31. So elegant! Wow!

  32. Beautiful! Seriously, your creativity is just amazing and I wish I were in the PNW so I had a chance to taste your creations :)

  33. ditto to everything said before me. your torte is perfectly lovely. well done.

  34. wow, that is gorgeous!! you are so creative :)

  35. How beautiful and feminine!

  36. So gorgeous. Love the colors. Can we slice into that bad boy now? lol

  37. That looks so pretty! There’s a lot of lavender farms in Texas and this would be perfect to serve up at a gift shop or little cafe there!

  38. Somehow this blows my mind . . . seems simple (at least the recipe looks short) . . . anyway it looks simply elegant with that band of chocolate in the middle and lavender and honey make my heart and soul sing.

  39. Ever since I got that chocolate from Belgium that was lavender flavored I’ve paid much more attention to all things lavender. This looks good!

  40. That is so pretty, Peabody. I love it!

  41. Excellent twist on this recipe Peabody..we have so much culinary lavender available to us around “these here parts”:D

  42. Sounds fantastic. And of course, looks beautiful!

  43. Wow, it looks fabulous!! Makes me wonder what the ice cream tastes like… A while ago I made lavender cupcakes, they were great

  44. How tasty it must have been. Very nicely done.

  45. There is something so pretty, delicate, and romantic about the idea of lavender honey ice cream. I love the sprig of lavender on top.

  46. Beautiful and elegant — and the chocolate-lavender combination sounds intriguing. The banded cake looks like a fancy hat!

  47. I still need to try something made with lavender!

  48. Lavender and honey is such a delicate flavour combination…and with chocolate.. this must be a really special combination. Looks so yummy I could just dip a spoon right in…

  49. This looks so amazing that I am trying to restrain myself from licking my computer screen, but I love the idea of honey lavender ice cream. Beautiful!

  50. Your ice cream choice is fantastic! What a fun flavor for ice cream…light and dreamy!


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