Lavender + Squeeze of Lemon + Vanilla Bean Gelato
Lavender is a floral tasting herb that’s been relegated to bathroom candles and sleepytime aromatherapy. We say no more -- and that this complex herb deserves a spot in your desserts. Vanilla bean is its perfect match, Briscione says, because the two aromas are actually complementary. “Vanilla is a flower, also,” he says. “So after the aging and the curing and everything that vanilla goes through, it develops these deeper, more complex, and smoky aromas.” Once vanilla is combined with milk, as it is in this gelato, Briscione says a lot of those creamy, milky aromas also come through. “Milk is a very accepting canvas for floral aromas and floral flavors,” he says. “So, lavender and vanilla are great matches in anything milk based.” A squeeze of lemon will also add a touch of acidity (and even perceived sweetness) to all those floral notes, too -- but if it’s too strong, you can forego it; Talenti’s Vanilla Bean flavor actually has a hint of lemon in it already.