The Ardent Epicure

An Ode to the Pleasures of Food

Lavender & Vanilla Bean Sugar 
Frozen Yogurt 

It all started when my friend C' purchased a beautiful bright red ice cream
maker. Well being the kind of friend that I am, with a selfless giving nature
I offered to break it in for her...What can I say, I am just that kind of girl :)

I used a Lavender and Vanilla Bean infused sugar from the spice shop that
we visited a couple of weeks ago. Along with some Pure Tahitian Vanilla Extract.
And since I have an abundance of lavender in my garden, I used some fresh
lavender flowers as well.
Savory Spice Shop
928 Avocado Ave 
Corona del Mar, CA 92660
949. 717.7776

Since this was my first try at making homemade frozen yogurt, I was not too familiar
with the process nor the potential results. So I followed the basic vanilla frozen yogurt
recipe that came with the ice cream machine. Then just made adjustments to
meet the flavors I wanted.
Adapted from Cuisinart® Classic Frozen Yogurt

What you will need:
5 cups whole milk plain yogurt
3/4 cup raw sugar, less 2 tablespoons
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon agave
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons lavender vanilla bean sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean, split
1-2 sprigs fresh lavender, whole
Pinch of sea salt
Cheese cloth
Ice cream machine
* My changes included the use of agave in place of corn syrup, by increasing
the honey by one tablespoon for texture. I also decreased the sugar by 2 tablespoons
and replaced with the lavender/vanilla sugar. Then added fresh lavender.

Let's get freezing:

Begin by prepping your yogurt. Place a sheet of cheese cloth over
a strainer and the placing the strainer over a large bowl. Add yogurt
and allow to rest for 2-4 hours. 

Now make a simple syrup by placing honey, agave, vanilla bean, water
and whole lavender flower into a small saucepan. Bring to a low boil
over medium/low heat then reduce heat and simmer. Continue to simmer
until liquid has reduced by half. Strain and place in a large mixing bow.
Add stained yogurt, sugars, vanilla extract and salt whisking until sugar
has melted. Refrigerate mixture until completely cooled 2 hours to overnight.

Now follow your ice cream manufacturers instructions to prepare
your frozen yogurt.

Note: If you can not get the lavender/vanilla sugar, you can make your own. Simply
take sugar and place in an airtight jar with a lid, add 1 split vanilla bean and
1-2 flower heads of lavender. Allow to sit in a cool dry space for about 1 week.

Alisha ~ Magic of Spice

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