I love the taste of Buttermilk. It's probably because of my Grand-dad. He drinks a glass every morning and by my estimation that has kept him going (He's 92)! I like buttermilk so much that sometimes I find myself conjuring up ways that I can use it more often. It's super rich in protein and low in fat, plus it's light, bright sour flavor is refreshing!
My friend Amy who is a trained chef and knows just about everything about the chemistry of food, sent me a recipe for Buttermilk Ice Cream from Smitten Kitchen after I told her about my Buttermilk fantasies. The recipe is great but after working so hard losing 135 pounds I'd like to maintain that so I asked Amy if there was a way I could cut down on calories (She's a real smart ass and told me to get a smaller scoop) she suggested that I use low fat milk and I came up with making a custard base with less eggs. I used 6 eggs instead of 12 that the original recipe called for and I substituted 1 cup of cream for 1 cup of 1% milk instead thereby cutting half the calories! The results were still super creamy and rich and the flavor intense and exciting! I served it with roasted strawberries and sugared Basil flowers. Check this out!
Buttermilk Ice Cream (Adapted from Smitten Kitchen)
- In a large sauce pan combine the cream, milk and 1 cup sugar sugar, stirring over medium heat until it simmers.
- Meanwhile whisk together the remaining sugar and egg yolks.
- Once the cream/milk simmers remove from heat and drizzle a small amount into the eggs while whisking the eggs. The aim here is to bring the eggs up to an adequate temperature so you don't get scrambled eggs.
- Once the eggs have warmed, pour them back into the cream mixture and whisk constantly while turning the heat back on.
- Cook on low until the mixture thickens. A good guide for this is if it sticks to the utensil you are using to mix it with, then it's ready...
- Add vanilla, buttermilk and salt and continue to whisk.
- Remove from heat and cool completely about 1-2 hours in the fridge.
- Get out the ice cream maker, add your mixture and in about 35 minutes you will be having a delicious treat!