Fanny at Chez Panisse was one of my favorite books as a child… fancy that. And Fanny (and Alice Water’s!) Vanilla Snow recipe was one of my favorite things to make (with the help of my own mother, of course). What I love about the “snow” is that the name is perfectly indicative of what it is… it tastes like vanilla ice cream, but feels like snow.
I decided to update the flavor and infuse it with a bit of with lavender. And we had originally planned to make Chocolate Lavender ice cream, but I hadn’t read the instructions thoroughly and apparently the recipe takes twelve million hours to make. No bueno when you’re trying to get poolside during daylight hours.
**Note: don’t learn from my example. It’s easy to get huffy and puffy when you are halfway through a recipe and realize that you don’t have a piece of equipment you need OR that it’s going to take ten hours longer than you thought. Number one rule of cooking read the entire recipe before you start.**
Infusing milk for ice cream (or anything for that matter) is quite easy. Just choose your flavoring (lavender – 2 tbsp dried lavender in a tea strainer, orange – 2 long slices of the peel, vanilla – just throw in the whole bean), place it in a pot with your milk and bring to a simmer. Remove the pan it from the heat and let it sit for 20 minutes. Be sure to watch the milk as it simmers. If you get distracted like I did, it will boil over, create a sticky smelly mess, and then you’ll have to start over. Meh.
Hil came over to help make the ice cream, which is actually quite an easy project, just remember to put the ice cream maker in the freezer 24 hours before!
Once the ice cream was done, we went to her house, sat by the pool (poolside in January? Only in LA), and then proceeded to make some cookies to make ice cream sammies. Honestly? The cookie texture was all off… so… I’m going to wait to perfect the recipe before I share it with you. It’s for your own good. But the chocolate sugar cookie flavor is delicious with lavender vanilla snow if you have a recipe you’d like to use!