Thursday, August 27, 2009

Fleur de Lait Ice Cream


The name of this ice cream, Fleur de Lait, means "flower of milk" in French, and I think it perfectly describes the delicateness of this lovely frozen treat. David Lebovitz includes the recipe in his book, The Perfect Scoop (if you don't own this book, you might want to start saving your pennies - it's worth the $16.99 on Amazon. Oh, and while we're in parenthetical mode, this week I saw an ice cream maker in Target for under $30)

n.o.e.'s notes:

- You can find the recipe on my buddy Audrey's post.

- This is actually a Sicilian gelato - it's mostly milk and relies on cornstarch rather than eggs to thicken the base before churning. I enjoyed this process and thought it was pretty neat that there are no flavorings at all in this recipe.


You did notice the petals on these bowls and how they're perfect for "Fleur de Lait" ice cream, right?
the verdict:

When I tasted the Fleur de Lait, I realized that it perfectly captures the essential flavor of the milk in ice cream form. It's terrific on its own and would be a perfect accompaniment to anything chocolate or caramel-flavored.

My husband is a huge fan of vanilla ice cream (David Lebovitz Philadelphia-style Vanilla, to be precise) and I was a little worried that this other kind of white ice cream would leave him cold, so to speak. But luckily my fears were groundless; he LOVED this. In fact, the Fleur de Lait was his second favorite ice cream that I've made.

13 comments:

Mary Ann said...

looks delicious-luckily I have already made the lime curd ic so that leaves me more room to choose which is next from all the others you are posting!
I am loving ice cream week!

Audrey said...

the only regret I have about my fleur de lait is that I didn't have a petaled pink bowl to serve it in. I'm so happy that you and your husband enjoyed this...it was very unique and special, in its simple way. I'm loving ice cream week too!

Sweet Charity said...

I've been curious about this one since I bought the book... thought it would be an amazing accompaniment to some freshly baked cookies.

mike said...

How perfectly French. Exquisite - especially in the fleur bowl! It sounds like a nice and light delicacy - another masterpiece!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

What an interesting concept, white ice cream that isn't vanilla. Looks tasty!

jillbert said...

I can't get my head around the fact that this doesn't have vanilla! I think I'd like it though. I've only made one Perfect Scoop ice cream and I need to get going!

Leslie said...

This sounds so refreshing and yet indulgent. I'm going to be sad when ice cream week is over!

Di said...

I'm definitely intrigued by this one. My list of ice creams to try keeps getting longer... =) And I like your bowl.

Kayte said...

Oh, I need to try this one very soon. It looks so beautiful. Yep, going there soon.

pinkstripes said...

I'm glad it was a success. It is very delicious. Very pure tasting.

Cathy said...

Have you ever had snow cream pops? I think they're made by Mayfield or Bluebell or some other Southern creamery. This totally reminds me of snow cream (except fleur de lait is much fancier). My kids love snow cream, so this will be a huge hit around here!

Jess said...

I've always been curious about this one...what would a pure milk ice cream taste like? Now I know I need to try it!

Tracey said...

I got so behind in my commenting that I'm going through all of your ice cream week posts right now and kicking myself for not bringing my ice cream maker to the inlaws. Everything looks so good!! I want to try this one for sure.