Lavender Honey Ice Cream


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 2/3 cup Forever Bee lavender honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Special equipment: a candy or instant-read thermometer; an ice cream maker


  1. Bring cream, half-and-half, and lavender honey 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Pour custard through sieve into cleaned bowl and cool completely, stirring occasionally.
  4. Chill, covered, until cold, at least 3 hours.
  5. Freeze custard in ice cream maker. Transfer ice cream to an airtight container and put in freezer to harden.

Cooks' notes

  • To cool custard quickly after straining, set bowl in a larger bowl of ice and cold water and stir until chilled.
  • Custard can chill up to 1 day before freezing.
  • Ice cream keeps 1 week.

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