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Buttermilk Ice Cream with Strawberries

May 11, 2014

Buttermilk Ice Cream with strawberries

I’ve always had a bit of wanderlust.  I like to call it a case of the ‘get-gones’.  I like to, you know… get-gone from everywhichwhere I am.  Just drop me off at the airport and I’ll figure out the rest… all of this to the great dismay of my parents and my cat who tend to stay in one place for extended amounts of time.

Last month I was lucky enough to be in Asheville, North Carolina where they have the most awe-inspiring blue mountains and the most wonderful chocolate.  Can I camp in the mountains and drink chocolate for the rest of my life?  I might be ok with that.

This weekend I visited St. Louis where I found seriously good coffee at The Mud House and the most lovely tea from The ReTrailer.  Can I just perfect latte art and blend healing teas for the rest of my days?  That seems really nice.

The get-gones shape me, in big and subtle ways.

Realistically thought, I can’t always be gone.  That’s just unreasonable.  There’s Instagram for the times when the get-gones turn into the stay-puts.  I mean… really.

I also find myself thumbing through cookbooks when I’m feeling travel-antsy.  (I’ve made up a lot of words in this post.)  My most recent cookbook traveling adventure is David Lebovitz’s My Paris Kitchen.  I haven’t been to Paris yet, but I’m pretty sure I’m 100% ready for the Coq Au Vin.  Thank you, David.

Buttermilk Ice Cream with strawberries

David’s recipe for Buttermilk Ice Cream caught my eye.  It perfectly marries my love of buttermilk with my love of cold, churned, frozen dairy.

It’s wonderfully simple!  No egg yolks.  No tempering.

There’s heavy cream for that luscious supple texture,  buttermilk for the milky tang, and granulated sugar and vanilla honey for sweetness.  I also decided to add a splash of bourbon (which comes pretty naturally to me) to help keep the ice cream scoop able in the freezer.

This creamy, smooth ice cream is like blending frozen yogurt with gelato.  So rich and fresh to death!

Buttermilk Ice Cream with strawberries

As with most good ice creams, we’re going to need an ice cream maker to make this fluffy texture possible.

Maybe you have an ice cream mixing bowl chilling in the freezer right now.  If you’re that person, I commend you.  I’m never that person.  I use an ice cream maker that freezes internally.  It’s like having an air conditioner that makes its own ice cream, so…. at least there’s that.

Buttermilk Ice Cream with strawberries

I froze the ice cream in a bread pan overnight.  When I scooped it the next day I was amazed at how creamy and scoopable the ice cream was.  For this we can thank the fat from heavy cream and the unfreezing alcohol of bourbon.  Also… it’s tastes daaaang good!

Buttermilk Ice Cream with strawberries

Strawberries are showing off.   They’re sweet and ripe and basically begging to be paired with this tart ice cream.  Fine.  You win, strawberries.  We all win.

This ice cream is simple with a side of tart.  It’s lovely when paired with fresh fruit, but would also be wonderful over a warm fruit pie… I’m thinking Peach Blueberry Pie.

Buttermilk Ice Cream with strawberries

makes 1 quart

adapted slightly from My Paris Kitchen

Print this Recipe!

1 3/4 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup granulated sugar

3 tablespoons honey

1 1/4 cup buttermilk

1 tablespoon bourbon (optional)

strawberries and a bit of granulated sugar for topping

In a small saucepan, warm the cream over low heat with the sugar and honey until the sugar is completely dissolved.  Place the mixture in a bowl and refrigerate until chilled through, 6 to 8 hours.

Stir the buttermilk and bourbon into the chilled sweetened cream.  Freeze according to your manufacturer’s ice cream maker instructions.  I churned my ice cream for about 30 minutes.  Once churned, transfer ice cream to a freezer-safe container and freeze overnight, or until firm enough to scoop.

Just before serving, toss together sliced strawberries and a few pinches of granulated sugar.  Allow to rest for 15 minutes at room temperature.  Scoop ice cream and top with strawberries and juice.  Enjoy!  

41 Comments Add A Comment

  • Patti Panuccio May 12, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.
    My momma told me I had roaches in my shoes, cause I was always going somewhere.

  • Oh gosh. Your get-gones HAVE to go to Paris sometime, because even if Paris didn’t have Coq au Vin (which they do), it does have bakeries on just about every street corner, and little ice cream stands that sell a scoop for a Euro so that you can walk along the Seine with it and feel like Audrey Hepburn in Charade.

    Just one question… is the bourbon flavor distinct in the ice cream? My husband and I don’t really care for alcohol (shocking, I know), but I would love not having rock-hard ice cream.

  • I’m extremely intrigued that you are using buttermilk in an ice-cream, because I always would have assumed that it would make for a very sharp flavor. However, I have yet to taste a recipe of your that did not satisfy any craving inside of me, so I am sure it is scrumptious!

  • New to the Ice Cream Game - Kristen May 12, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Yesterday, May 11, was my birthday. The gift my husband gave me was an ice cream maker. Then I check my email and see that you posted this recipe for ice cream on the same day! Is this meant to be or what?

  • WOW! That looks amazing, wish I had an ice cream maker…

  • This ice cream looks flipping perfect! love this!

  • I look at recipes like this and think to myself…….food is only half taste, the other half is clearly looks! But then we live in a looks obsessed world, so no wonder we like our food to be pretty.

  • i still vote you come to paris ASAP… but until then, this ice cream looks like a pretttttty good substitute!

  • I saw this recipe too and thought it was a must make for the summer. Now I really want to make it. It looks wonderful!!

  • My ice cream mixing bowl is in the freezer. It has a tub of shop-bought ice cream in it at the minute. Oh, the delicious, delicious irony.

  • Yum yum yum perfect recipe to start the summer holidays! Finishing finals today!! Woooo!

  • Hmm I got to try this take on ice cream. I normally can not go pass the egg based one but the creamy texture you describe is satisfying my brain craving to make Parisian style ice cream.

  • Usually I love having eggs in ice cream as it make more custardy but here I think just having buttermilk and cream keeps it so its just pure unadulterated milk-y goodness.

  • My cases of the get-gones always seem to coincide with my times of got-none (as in, no money for travelling!). Eating ice cream seems like a dandy way to distract my wandering feet from the fact that they’re not really wandering. And this looks incredibly delicious.

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