4 cups (serving size: about 1/2 cup ice cream and 3 fig halves)
Photo: Jan Smith

How to Make It

Step 1

Place sugar and lavender in a spice or coffee grinder, and process until ground. Discard any large pieces.

Step 2

Combine milk, 1/2 cup honey, and egg yolks in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Cook until mixture is slightly thick and coats the back of a spoon (about 8 minutes), stirring constantly (do not boil). Remove from heat; add lavender powder, stirring until blended. Strain mixture through a sieve over a bowl; discard solids. Chill 2 hours.

Step 3

Pour mixture into the freezer can of an ice-cream freezer; freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.

Step 4

Spoon ice cream into a freezer-safe container; stir in almonds. Cover and freeze 1 hour or until firm.

Step 5

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 6

Coat a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Drizzle remaining 2 tablespoons honey in bottom of dish. Place figs, cut-sides down, in prepared dish. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until figs are tender. Turn figs; add port to dish, and baste figs with honey mixture. Bake an additional 5 minutes. Spoon ice cream into bowls, and serve with figs and sauce.

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