buttermilk icecream

Had enough of the dairy yet?

No, me either. 



My first caveat would have to be that the kids did not like this. They're a bit spoilt with homemade vanilla icecream and I thought this would be similar just with a higher fat content, but it does taste different, a bit tarter, and freezes really solid so isn't as pliable. 

I invented this because I had fresh buttermilk in the fridge and after making buttermilk pancakes I thought, what's next? How 'bout icecream? 

The kids really didn't like it. Have you ever even seen a child spit out icecream?

Adam and I however thought it was totally delicious! So if you're not six or four and are prepared to wait to let it soften on the bench after freezing I reckon this is a starter!


Buttermilk Icecream


1.5 cups cream

1.5 cups buttermilk

3 egg yolks

half cup castor sugar

pinch salt



Heat the cream and milk in a saucepan until it almost boils. In a seperate bowl beat up the yolks with the sugar and salt. Stir into teh milk /cream mix and keep stirring until it thickens. 

Chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours (this bit is important not to skip or it won't whip up) and then either process in an icecream maker until the desired consistency, and freeze, or, whip with hand beaters or food processor, partially freeze, then whip again with hand beater or food processor, and completely freeze. 

Normal icecream whips up really quickly but the fat content in this means it doesn't really froth. Just like using raw full fat milk in the coffee machine, it doesn't froth well either, but skim milk froths up like a dream. 

It means this icecream freezes hard, and you'll need to soften it before serving. 

Awesome flavour though. 

Goes nicely with this:



Apple pie (uncooked), recipe over here (from the days I still bought tinned apple! Not any more. Sometimes I wonder if I set out to make things hard for myself…)

Hope there was something bright and tart and apple-y in your day today. 

We are getting our heads blown off in high winds down here. SO windy! Am worried I'm going to find the trampoline on the farm next door tomorrow morning. Holding tight. Wearing a knitted cowl discarded by Henry as too itchy and smelling sourdough just out of the oven.

Did you get a chance to make anything today?



12 Comments on “buttermilk icecream

green ink
June 9, 2011 at 12:29 am

The only thing I’ve made today was a smoothie – but I brought some sourdough in from Monday that I DID make, does that count? πŸ™‚

Your icecream looks yummy! The only icecream I’ve ever disliked was a savoury one I tried in Annapolis, it was “Old Spice” flavoured (Old Spice is the spice mix they put in crabcakes and seafood dishes there – it tastes like salt, fish, lemon and paprika!) and designed to go on top of crabcakes!! It looked like vanilla icecream but my oh my it didn’t taste like it! *gag*


June 9, 2011 at 4:35 am

Not a thing, today we ate leftovers. Coping mechanism- they were lucky to get fed at all.

Confused about buttermilk, dear. Isn’t it what’s left after the butter (ie most of the fat) is taken out? Or is it because you’re starting with cream, so it’s still fattier than milk?

Looks so yum, though!

June 9, 2011 at 5:57 am

I made a fabric memory game for my little guy!

Your buttermilk ice cream sounds awesome! I made a batch a few weeks back with cream cheese in it, in lieu of heavy cream. It was so.very.good.

So glad ice cream season is here, sounds like you are too!

June 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

pumpkin soup πŸ™‚

Hear Mum Roar
June 9, 2011 at 10:40 am

That looks lovely! I really love buttermilk in pancakes, they turn out soo fluffy! Hey, we had the same worries with our trampoline (it actually went some worrying places last year), but what we did, was we pushed it up against the corner of the fences, and it was also up against the wall, when it gets windy. It’s really helped

June 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I just want you to know how amazing you are! With three kids you can really kick arse. Im reading radical homemakers as per your recommendation and loving it. Im obsessed with food and cooking and health and family and have 4 kids (one passed away from cancer nearly 3 years ago … You inspire me to realise it is possible to achieve your dream … amidst the madness of raising a family. Well done.

June 9, 2011 at 9:08 pm

P.S I made semolina pudding …. yum … and hid some healthy goodies in there … ground almonds, macca powder, egg yolk …

June 9, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Yes that is a very good point. Looks and feels much higher in fat. Will look into it. xx

June 9, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Thanks so much Nell, that’s so encouraging. There are hundreds of people who read this blog every day who never ever comment and unless you do I don’t meet you! Thanks for your link, I just caught up on your family’s story. Your new Luna looks utterly beautiful. Thanks again for your lovely comment.

June 9, 2011 at 9:18 pm

oh seriously?! *GAG*!!

June 10, 2011 at 5:13 am

I made raw chocolate!!!! Yay, finally found a recipe I absolutely love, and made it so easily in my Vitamix. Unfortunately, then I ate practically all of it – gonna be a bit slow off the mark at the gym this morning ……

June 10, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Love hearing about your cooking adventures! My nearly four year old and I made gingerbread cookies covered in sprinkles. Great fun on a cold and blustery day.
P.s we are in the Illawarra and face regular cyclonic winds. We ended up digging our trampoline in to the ground a bit and now no fear of flying trampolines.


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