Friday, June 7, 2013

Lavender Lemon Frozen Yogurt (no ice-cream maker needed)

When it comes to Lavender I'd rather eat it than wear it as a perfume. There's something about the subtle aromatic flavors of Lavender that really get me going -- like being a kid and a "fancy grown-up" at the same time. Lavender is a true testament to nature's candy. If you haven't tried this lovely relative to the Mint plant then this might be the perfect time to do so...
Important Recipe Notes
When making this recipe take into consideration that less is more where the Lavender and Lemon are concerned. You see, in order to get a truly flavorful frozen yogurt you have to let the Lemon zest and Lavender sit in the cream for at least an hour -- letting the flavors "infuse" and build.
Yes, it does take a little bit of prep before you get to enjoy this gorgeous handcrafted dessert, but it's all very minimal, and mostly about just "waiting".
Both the Lavender and Lemon are meant to be subtle and present, but not overpowering. If you make this and decide you'd like more of a robust lavender or lemon presence then by all means, go for it. I do recommend trying the recipe as-is before you make any alterations to the ingredients.
About the Sweetener
Pay special attention to the notes about *liquid sweetener in the "directions" portion of the recipe. If you're wondering why I've chosen to use only 1/2 cup of Date Paste it's because using any more will change the consistency of the frozen yogurt. Try the yogurt mixture after adding the Date Paste - you may like it as-is (without any added sweetener) if you prefer a semi-sweet frozen yogurt. 
Lavender-Lemon Frozen Yorgurt
Yields roughly 3 cups
  • 2 c AtV Sour Cream
  • *Liquid Sweetener to taste
  • 1/2 c Date Paste 
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 T (packed) Lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp plus 2 tsp dried Lavender buds
  1. Mix the Lavender and Lemon zest into the AtV Sour Cream and let sit for at least 1 hour (over night is even better)
  2. When your cream is finished "sitting" with the Lavender and Lemon zest add the rest of the ingredients except for the *Liquid Sweetener (see next step for details)
  3. Add the *Liquid Sweetener: This part is up to you, although I recommend using one of the following: Grade B Maple Syrup, Raw Unfiltered Honey, or Coconut Nectar. Start with only adding 2 Tbsp. Mix, and add more as needed/to taste.
  4. Transfer your yogurt to a shallow glass dish with a lid
  5. Place your yogurt into the freezer
  6. Check and stir your yogurt every 1.5 hours - placing it back into the freezer after stirring
  7. Repeat step 6 until your yogurt begins to thicken/freeze to desired consistency. The more frozen it gets the less time you will want to wait in between stirring.
  8. If your frozen yogurt gets too frozen/solid simply leave it out on the counter to thaw, stirring every 15 minutes or so until it reaches desired consistency. **You can also place it into the high-speed blender or food processor and pulse a few times to speed up the thawing process.
Enjoy! And stick around for more Lavender recipes in the very near future.