The mere mention of both Tupelo Honey and lavender sets my senses sailing. These 2 gifts from nature are proof as to the power and creativity of God and the intricacy of our eco-system. Firstly Tupelo Honey can only be derived in certain areas (namely the Gulf County region of Florida) where the Tupelo tree blossoms along the marsh-like lake banks of the area. The bees pollinate and make their way to apiaries where in order for the honey to be called Tupelo Honey it is tested to make sure the bees’ honey is at least 70% Tupelo blossom. Then you have lavender, my favorite scent. However lavender doesn’t just smell nice, it is used medicinally to relieve pains, fight colds, calm nerves, etc. These 2 ingredients combined for what is among the best, if not the best ice cream I have ever had.
Tupelo Honey and Lavender Ice Cream
1 cup heavy cream
1 1/4 cup milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup Tupelo Honey
1/3 cup Lavender Syrup (recipe below)
1 tsp vanilla
Combine all ingredients and mix until incorporated. Prepare according to ice cream maker.
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup lavender sprigs
Combine all and bring to boil. Once at a boil, reduce temperature to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Let cool then strain through cheesecloth into jar. Store in refrigerator.