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Blackberry Lavender Ice Cream

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Blackberry lavender ice cream – wonderfully floral, subtly purple, absolutely refreshing. It’s a summer treat you’d want to have all year long. And you don’t even have to have an ice cream machine to make it at home.

(Are you a fan of blackberries? Try these white chocolate blackberry muffins. They’re great to start the day and perfect to bring to picnics!)

Blackberry Lavender Ice Cream

Welcome to our annual No Bake Summer Series, where we enjoy sweet, scrumptious treats without turning our ovens on. We kicked things off with a bright and vibrant collection of no bake lemon desserts.

Today we switch colours and go purple with the most amazing blackberry lavender ice cream.

I know a lot of people are wary of eating lavender-based food. I know because I used to be one of those people. I mean, who wants to eat soap or potpourri?

I’ve since changed my mind though, after I tasted lavender ice cream from a lavender farm we visited a few summers ago. It’s become one of my favourite ice cream flavours!

Lavender, as food, is surprisingly not soap-like at all. It smells great and it tastes even better. I’ve mostly had it in sweets (surprise, surprise) but I know others use them in savoury food as well.

It’s just the right amount of sweet, has hints of floral flavour, delightful. You really have to taste it and see for yourself. And what better introduction to the world of lavender than ice cream?

How to make ice cream without an ice cream maker

Blackberry Lavender Ice Cream

If you’re a regular here on TUB (thank you!), you’ll hear me say all the time just how much I love making homemade ice cream. And that I do it without an ice cream maker. Just my trusty mixer.

It’s really very easy. The basic steps are the same.

First, make your ice cream base. This is usually plain vanilla, which is a great jumping-off point to a universe of ice cream flavours.

To make your base: simply combine sweetened condensed milk, whipped cream and a splash of vanilla. That’s it!

Then you can go crazy: add in whatever kind of flavour you want and mix in all your favourite things like chocolate chips and nuts and salted caramel sauce; or strawberries and lemon curd and raspberry sauce.

I get into more detail on how to make no-churn ice cream here (“no-churn” simply means making ice cream without a machine).  Check it out.

How to make blackberry lavender ice cream

Blackberry Lavender Ice Cream

Making this blackberry lavender ice cream is just as easy (for the detailed recipe with specific measurements, scroll to the bottom for a printable recipe card).

First, prep your lavender cream. Microwave heavy cream on high for about 30 seconds or until it’s warm (not hot) to the touch.

Add lavender buds / dried lavender and allow it to steep. The longer you steep, the stronger the lavender flavour. I usually steep mine for about 3 hours.

When that’s ready, strain and remove the lavender buds and whip the cream stiff. Add to your ice cream base of more whipped cream, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla.

Unlike the very purple lavender flower, culinary lavender (more on this later) when cooked is actually more greyish-white than purple. So to add a little colour, add crushed blackberries (strain to get the seeds out).

The blackberries won’t take away from the lavender flavour but lends a nice purple hue. I suppose you can also use blueberries; just be careful because blueberries have a more distinct flavour that might outshine the lavender.

Ingredients for no churn blackberry lavender ice cream

Blackberry Lavender Ice Cream

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To make no churn lavender ice cream, you need:

Tools you need to make this lavender ice cream recipe

I usually use my stand mixer when making homemade ice cream but a handheld electric mixer would work just fine.

Other than that, all you need are some bowls, a spatula and a freezer-safe container.

Homemade ice cream tips for success

Blackberry Lavender Ice Cream

As you can see, making lavender ice cream is a breeze! To make it even easier, here are some tips for you:

Make sure to use culinary-grade lavender

When buying lavender, make sure to ask if they are culinary-grade. Remember, lavender is used for things other than food.

Culinary lavender (as opposed to ornamental lavender) is 100% safe for consumption. I’m sure accidentally eating the ornamental stuff won’t be the end of the world but let’s just be safe, shall we?

Besides, culinary lavender has the sweetest fragrance among all kinds of lavenders making it the best for cooking and baking.

The best way to bake with lavender 

Speaking of which, what’s the best way to bake with lavender? I can’t speak for others but personally, I hate getting big chunks of lavender buds in my mouth then having to spit them out.

So I usually use a lavender infusion, like in this lavender ice cream recipe. I also chop it as finely as I can if I’m adding it to cookies or cake. Grinding works too.

Of course, to make things pretty you can sprinkle buds on top for garnish, just remove them later.

And remember, lavender has a pretty strong flavour so a little goes a long way.

Go for full-fat heavy cream

When making homemade ice cream, it’s best to use full fat heavy cream (and forget about calories for a while lol!). This means fat content is between 36 and 40%.

It whips better and sets better.

Blackberry Lavender Ice Cream

Taste, taste, taste

And since no-churn ice cream has no eggs in it, it’s safe to taste as you’re making it. So go ahead and taste at every step if you like.

You’re making your very own ice cream and you can make it as sweet and as fabulous as you want.

Use freezer-friendly container

Not all containers are created equal. Some would lead to ice forming at the bottom or sides of your ice cream. While others might expand in the freezer.

I’ve amassed this collection of ice cream tubs since I learned how to make ice cream and I exclusively use them. I’ve owned them for years and they still look like new!

Cover your ice cream with cling wrap

To be extra sure that ice doesn’t form on any part of your ice cream, especially the top, place cling wrap on it (place it right on the surface of the ice cream) before covering and putting in the freezer.

Then when you’re ready to eat, remove the cling wrap and reveal the creamy, ice cream beneath!

Other homemade ice cream recipes

Making ice cream at home has really become one of our favourite summer activities. Simple, fun, delicious! Here are some of our favourite flavours.

Nothing beats homemade ube ice cream. Fellow Filipinos know just how expensive these can get at Filipino or Chinese groceries! So making it at home is awesome. My recipe is richer and creamier too.

Homemade Ube Ice Cream

Another summer favourite is bourbon peach ice cream. We love peaches (and bourbon!) and this is a great recipe for all the fresh peaches we get every summer.

Homemade Bourbon Peach Ice Cream (No-Churn!)

Pistachio chocolate chip ice cream is a classic. Nutty and rich from the pistachio with generous bits of chocolate chips throughout.

Pistachio Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Blackberry Lavender Ice Cream

Blackberry Lavender Ice Cream

Author: Jolina
Blackberry lavender ice cream – wonderfully floral, subtly purple, absolutely refreshing. It’s a summer treat you’d want to have all year long. And you don’t even have to have an ice cream machine to make it at home.
Prep Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Freezing Time 8 hrs
Total Time 11 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine North American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 292 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Using a microwave-safe cup or bowl, microwave 1/2 cup heavy cream for 30s on high or until the cup is warm (but not hot) to the touch.
  • Add 2 tsp of dried lavender and allow to steep. Once cool, cover with cling wrap and chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
  • Strain the lavender from the cream. Discard the lavender then add the cream to 1 cup of chilled heavy cream. Whip until stiff.
    How to make lavender ice cream
  • In a large bowl, combine 5 oz condensed milk with blackberry juice, 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.
    How to make lavender ice cream
  • Stir until fully incorporated.
    How to make lavender ice cream
  • Add a dollop of whipped cream to your condensed milk mixture to lighten it.
    How to make lavender ice cream
  • Mix until combined.
    How to make lavender ice cream
  • Gently fold in the rest of the whipped cream, careful not to deflate it.
    How to make lavender ice cream
  • Transfer the mixture to a freezer-safe container, smoothen the top and cover with cling wrap to prevent ice from forming. Freeze overnight.
    How to make lavender ice cream

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Nutrition

Calories: 292kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 3gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 53mgPotassium: 159mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 975IUVitamin C: 4.6mgCalcium: 114mgIron: 0.2mg

Nutritional information are estimates only.

Keyword Easy, No-Churn Ice Cream, Refreshing, Summer
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Happy no-churn ice cream making!

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Lois Christensen

Monday 15th of July 2019

I have never had lavender ice cream! It sounds delicious!

Marisa F. Stewart

Saturday 13th of July 2019

I simply HAVE to make this recipe. It sounds amazing. I've been wanting to do something with lavender for years. This is the perfect time. those blackberries are gorgeous! Can't wait to do this and to think I don't even need an ice cream maker -- YAY!!

Jolina

Tuesday 16th of July 2019

Double yay! :)

Anne Lawton

Friday 12th of July 2019

This ice cream has all of the fresh flavors of summer in it! I can't wait to try this out!

Denise

Wednesday 10th of July 2019

Nothing beats home made ice cream! And the fact that you can make whatever flavor combo you like makes it even better! This looks absolutely delicious!

Veena Azmanov

Wednesday 10th of July 2019

Flavorful and yummy. Love the Berry option to making this delicious Ice Cream.