I've made Lilac treats every year for several years, but this year I decided to try to make proper Lilac Ice Cream- in an ice cream maker, and all. Lilac as a flavor is very subtle, but certainly special- even though it's not exactly like the fragrance.
I made this ice cream with Oat Milk and dairy free heavy cream, and the texture was perfect.
Picking Lilac flowers off the stems is a tedious job, but very important if you want this to be floral.
2 cups Cream (I used Silk's dairy free heavy cream)
2 cups Milk (I used Outlay's full fat oat milk)
1.5 cups Sugar
Flowers of 2 large clusters of Lilacs (about 30 grams)
3 Egg yolks
To a saucepan, add 1 cup of cream, 2 cups of milk, 1 cup of sugar. Heat gently until just before it bubbles. Add ⅔ of the Lilac flowers to the pot, mix it all up well. Remove from flame, cover and set aside for about an hour. (I let it sit for longer because I wanted a stronger Lilac flavor, but the result may have made it slightly bitter. Still delicious, but maybe sometimes less is more!)
Put the remaining lilacs into a small jar, fill the jar with warm water, cover and set aside.
When the hour passes, whisk 3 egg yolks and .5 cup sugar together in a big bowl.
Heat the milk mixture up again to a light boil. Add one cup of the milk mixture to the egg bowl, whisk, then add another cup of the milk mixture to the egg bowl and whisk.
Transfer the whisked mixture back into the saucepan, bring the whole thing to a light boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
Strain the mixture through a sieve into a large bowl holding the remaining cup of cream (it should be cold). Mix well.
Add 3 tablespoons of the lilac infused water to the ice cream mix. Chill the whole mix in the fridge over night.
When you’re ready to make the ice cream, fill the ice cream maker with the mix and let it churn! I added a few frozen blueberries into that mix to see if it would color the ice cream a bit, but it's not necessary and didn't really work. When it reaches the desired consistency, scoop it on out into your favorite bowls, sprinkle with fresh lilacs, add some Lilac Essence for good measure and ENJOY!