Making good use of leftover buttermilk is something we feel is an indispensable talent in the kitchen. It was originally purchased to start testing a buttermilk pie, something that has intrigued us for several months now. But of course the recipe didn’t call for a whole quart of buttermilk so here we are, with a bowl full of delicious buttermilk ice cream topped with crushed graham crackers. No big deal.
And as for the buttermilk pie, that will remain in the test kitchen vault until we can make it 100% Cat and Mara tested and approved ;)
Ice cream is fairly easy to make, especially since we recently invested in the ice cream attachment for the Kitchen Aid. However, there are millions of different ice cream recipes and we are currently wading our way through this mountain of frozen treats to find the best ones.
This recipe is the first real winner, but the title of this blog post is slightly misleading. If you want to have a lazy Sunday eating buttermilk ice cream, you should make this on Saturday so that the frozen custard has ample time to ripen in the freezer.
Pairs well with Game of Thrones or new Arrested Development episodes on Netflix.
Buttermilk Ice Cream
adapted from Smitten Kitchen
2 C heavy cream
1 1/4 C sugar
8-12 egg yolks*
2 C buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla
pinch of salt
Combine heavy cream and 1 cup sugar in heavy bottomed pot or saucepan. bring to simmer over medium heat.
Whisk together remaining 1/4 cup sugar and egg yolks.
Remove the cream mixture from the heat and slowly drizzle in egg yolks, whisking constantly to avoid curdling. Transfer the whole mixture back to the sauce pan and cook over low heat until mixture coats the back of a spoon.
Strain mixture into another bowl then whisk in buttermilk, salt and vanilla. Cool completely then freeze according to your ice cream makers directions.
*The original recipe uses 12 egg yolks, but you can use whatever you have on hand. If you use all 12 yolks the result will indeed be creamier, richer and more luscious….but using 6-8 will taste damn good. Actually more than damn good. But if you eat egg white omelettes every morning, then go for it.