I love the warm season and its special qualities. The best thing to do after a busy day is to enjoy the warm evening in the garden by eating ice cream. This week I couldn’t even wait for closing time and went to Breidenbacher Hof’s Executive Chef Philipp Ferber to ask him for a fruity refreshment. I was lucky because he had just created a new dessert, that was waiting to be tasted. The dessert he served a few minutes later was very exotic and delightful: Lavender Ice Cream paired perfectly with a White Peach and Pine Nut topping. This was the perfect way to cap off a long day and to enjoy a warm summer evening. I knew that I couldn’t deny you this enjoyment.
Here is the recipe to sweeten your closing time:
Lavender Ice Cream with Roasted White Peach And Honey Pine Nut Vinaigrette
For 6 people
Lavender ice cream:
1 vanilla bean
2Tbsp lavender blossom
5 egg yolks
Mix the cream together with the milk, the core of the vanilla bean and the bean itself in a pan. Heating it for five minutes. Next add the lavender blossom. At the same time, stir in the sugar and the egg yolk until the mass turns white. When done, add sugar and eggs to the cream mixture and put everything into an ice cream machine. Complete it as described in the directions for use of the ice cream maker.
Roasted Peach with honey-pine nut-vinaigrette:
4 white peaches (ripe, but not too soft)
30g powder sugar
40ml peach liqueur
½ vanilla bean
50g pine honey
50g pine nuts
Halve the unpeeled peaches and remove the core carefully. Dice to halves of the peaches and put them aside.
Dust the cut faces of the remaining peaches with the powder sugar and roast them in a laminated pan over medium heat. When the sugar turns into caramel, turn the peaches, add the butter and go on sautéing.
Afterwards, decant the butter and deglaze the peaches with the liqueur. Now, add the vanilla bean into the pan and cover it. Leave it for 3 or 4 minutes and remove the lid. At this point, the skin of the peach can be peeled very easily.
Take the peaches out of the pan and reduce the liquid. It is time to add the pine honey and pine nuts and finally the peaches again, to glaze everything with the brew.
12 lavender blossoms
Put one tablespoon of the diced peach in the middle of a plate. Then, set the peach on it and combine everything with the brew. If you like you can decorate the dish with raspberries and lavender blossoms. Finally, set a scoop of the wonderful lavender ice cream on top and serve your delicious dessert.