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[Recipe] lavender honey ice cream by Jany Gleize

Provence is home to several starred chefs. In Château Arnoux, in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, La Bonne Etape speaks for itself. Jany Gleize delights his visitors’ taste buds by combining local flavors in surprising ways.


Jany Gleize explains: “Lavender honey ice cream in its hive. It’s a dessert I’ve been serving since 1985. I served it on July 14th, 1989, at the dinner for the Heads of State invited by François Mitterrand to commemorate the bicentennial of the French Revolution. I remember that the American President, George Bush, quite liked it.” Every year, visitors from all over the world come into his restaurant. “They are tourists visiting our region off the beaten path and who want a surprise. They are open to other traditions, they have managed to maintain their inner child, their inner explorer.” More than any longwinded speech, this dessert speaks of a delicious, intimate Provence, full of scents and colors. In 2016, Jany Gleize had the excellent idea to publish his first book, “50 recettes, la Bonne Etape, son histoire” (“50 Recipes, la Bonne Etape and its History”, published by Editions Brigitte Eveno). It will whet your appetite while awaiting your own visit to the restaurant someday.


  • 400g lavender honey
  • 20cl whipping cream
  • 40 cl whole milk
  • 6 egg yolks


Heat the honey (just melted)
Whisk thoroughly the yolks during 3 min
Boil the milk
Continue whisking while pouring the hot honey onto the yolks, then the milk without waiting
Leave to cool
Add the cream
Allow to freeze in a sherbet machine
Serve in a beehive shaped biscuit, lavender syrup around, the roof made of spun sugar

You also might more simply make a treat of the simple and naked ice cream, and closing your eyes, imagine and see the lavender fields, beehives, listen to the bees buzzing and who knows ? hear the crickets singing.

Back to New York in blue, white, red and lavender.