Strawberry Brown Sugar Buttermilk Ice Cream

Strawberry Brown Sugar Buttermilk Ice Cream |

I know, I know.  It’s the middle of winter and we’re about to chat about ice cream.  But ice cream in winter doesn’t really faze me and I will happily throw on layers of clothes and a blanket so I can sit on my couch and consume a big bowl.  I have my priorities.  Ice cream being one of them.

And let me tell you, this strawberry brown sugar buttermilk ice cream?  Ummm yeah.  Totally worth being a little cold for.

Strawberry Brown Sugar Buttermilk Ice Cream |

I was so excited about this ice cream.  Happily dancing around the kitchen getting it ready, when my husband walked in and started grilling me about whether or not I was making vanilla bean.  Clearly not, judging by all the strawberries and various ingredients scattered all around my counter.  I said no and he got all disappointed.  Totally burst my happy ice cream bubble.  But seriously if it was up to him there would be nothing other than vanilla bean flavored desserts to share with you here.  And as much as I love vanilla bean, we can’t have that.

Because then you would miss out on things like this.  Rich, super creamy buttermilk ice cream that has a slight hint of tang.  Combined with a sweet strawberry ripple and little chunks of white chocolate, which pair perfectly with the buttermilk and strawberry.  And it’s just pretty too (I know, we’ve also talked multiple times about how I like pretty foods).

Strawberry Brown Sugar Buttermilk Ice Cream |

So grab the biggest spoon you can find and dig in.  And maybe throw on a sweatshirt so you can counteract all the coldness outside and totally get down with this delicious treat.

Strawberry Brown Sugar Buttermilk Ice Cream
Yield: a little over 1 quart
For the strawberry sauce:
  • 16 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • ½ cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
For the ice cream:
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 ¼ cups loosely packed brown sugar, divided
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 to 4 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  1. To make the strawberry sauce - add the strawberries, brown sugar and lemon juice to a small saucepan. Set the pan over medium / medium low heat. Allow the berries to cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until the berries have softened and are almost syrupy. Let the mixture cool for about 30 minutes.
  2. Transfer to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a small bowl to remove the seeds, using a wooden spoon to help push it through. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for several hours.
  3. Meanwhile to make the ice cream - in a large heavy saucepan, add the cream and 1 cup of the brown sugar. Set the pan over medium heat and stir until the sugar is incorporated. Allow the mixture to come to a simmer (still over medium heat). Meanwhile, whisk together the remaining ¼ cup of brown sugar and the egg yolks in a medium bowl.
  4. Remove the cream mixture from the heat once simmering and slowly drizzle a small amount of the cream mixture into the egg yolks (using a ladle is very helpful here), stirring constantly to prevent the eggs from curdling. Repeat this process several times to warm up the egg yolks. Pour the yolk mixture back into the saucepan, whisking constantly. Set the pan over low heat and cook, stirring almost constantly and scraping the bottom, until it is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, about 170-175 degrees on an instant-read thermometer.
  5. Strain the mixture into a large bowl and then whisk in the buttermilk, vanilla and salt. Let the mixture cool to room temperature then cover and place in the refrigerator. Allow to chill for several hours.
  6. Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions. After the mixture is finished churning, gently fold in the chocolate. Transfer some of the mixture to the container you are going to store it in and then layer on some of the strawberry sauce (just drop it on in spoonfuls - don’t mix it in). Repeat this process until you have filled the container. Freeze until firm.

Adapted from Smells Like Home. Buttermilk ice cream originally from Smitten Kitchen.


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  1. says

    I love you for making ice-cream in winter! When is it a bad time for ice-cream though? ((Never, the answer is never)). Actually, it was like freezing cold today and I had to had a bowl of the stuff. Too bad mine didn’t look as delicious as your version! :–( I mean, brown sugar strawberry buttermilk ice-cream?????? SO GOOD. I want this now, pretty please!

  2. says

    This sounds AHmazing! And I totally hear you on the constant demand for vanilla. I went through an ice cream making frenzy the past few summers and my boyfriend and dad would ask “ooh is it vanilla?” then be sad when it wasn’t. I imagine them both reading a blog where the recipes are : chocolate chip cookies (just normal, no extras added in), vanilla ice cream, and chocolate cake. Just those three recipes over and over.. maybe with different food styling on different days.

  3. Jo @ The Contented Bajer says

    Hey, we always need ice cream in our lives come rain or shine and this one looks and sounds delicious. Be keen to know which ice cream maker you have. I bought the ice cream attachment bowl for the KitchenAid last year but have been disappointed with it. Maybe I just can’t get to grips with it yet. Any recommendations? :-)

  4. says

    Yum! I made buttermilk balsamic ice cream over the summer and was very pleased with the tangy taste. I’m sure I would love this as well, especially because of the chunks of white chocolate. And yes, ice cream is a year round dessert in my book (as evidenced by the fact that I just polished off several spoonfuls of strawberry sorbet, just minutes before I’m about to start making dinner, haha!)

    • Ashley says

      Jamie!! How are you?? Buttermilk balsamic sounds delicious! And I love that you just had a few spoonfuls of sorbet : )

  5. says

    Okay, that’s IT. I need an ice cream maker if it means I’m gonna be missing out on amazing treats like this all summer! Absolutely amazing ice cream, Ashley! What I (and baby) wouldn’t do for a hearty scoop of this strawberry heavenliness! Answer: nothing.

  6. Fran says

    Ashley, you need to make this ice-cream for Grandma and Grandpa. They love their ice-cream and have some every other day. Grandma especially loves having it. She says it is refreshing.

  7. says

    Love the photos … again! And I’m in love with anything with white chocolate in at the moment so I’m sure I’d love this (+ strawberries = perfect!). You could easily pair this with a lovely hot winter dessert (one of our yummy British puddings would be great!) to make it more wintery if you wanted to, I guess!

  8. says

    I would be very interested in making my own ice cream. Have tried before….but long forgotten. Yours looks fantastic, Ashley. And yes, I do eat ice cream in the winter, so Thanks :)ela

  9. says

    No joke, Ashley – I just churned a batch of Vietnamese coffee ice cream tonight. We’re having another snow day tomorrow – schools closed again. This has been the coldest, longest winter in memory at our end but somehow, I’ve been making ice cream! We’re crazy, maybe? I have never tried buttermilk ice cream (but having buttermilk pancakes tomorrow)…I think you’ve given me another great use for buttermilk because I always have too much. This looks amazing – care to share some good strawberries with me? ; )

    • Ashley says

      We have a snow day today too and I’m definitely thinking about making more ice cream haha I love that it’s not just me. Vietnamese coffee sounds like a great flavor!

  10. says

    This ice cream is so gorgeous, and it sounds absolutely delicious! I can always go for some ice cream (even when it’s freezing out) and I would devour this! The flavor combination sounds amazing. Pinned!

  11. says

    I don’t care if it’s the middle of winter, I’m happy to talk about ice cream any time of the year because ice cream is THE BEST. This cake looks so pretty with those swirls, Ashley. I don’t know if I’ve ever had buttermilk ice cream and I bet it tastes awesome and a little tangy!

  12. says

    I can eat ice cream all year round even when it’s snowing outside hehe. This ice cream looks amazing and I love the slight tanginess from the buttermilk. It sounds amazing with the strawberries, brown sugar and white chocolate! I would gladly throw on a few more layers to have a scoop of this :)

  13. says

    This ice cream sounds so, so, so amazing Ashely! I’ve made an ice cream with sour cream and cream cheese in it before that added such a light but perfect tang, so the buttermilk sounds like the perfect touch, especially when matched with that strawberry swirl. And the white chocolate chips – yes! Just the match for that strawberry flavor. :)

    • Ashley says

      I know, right?? Of course though the talk did stop once he started eating some : ) Maybe I’m slowly convincing him to try other flavors at least once in a while! haha

  14. says

    I eat ice cream year round — winter didn’t keep me from it! I finally got my ice cream maker a month ago and haven’t made it yet, so I’m ready. You’ve outdone yourself with these flavors! I love ice cream with a nice tang and the brown sugar and strawberries sounds incredible…I’m grabbing my spoon and I’ll be right over.

  15. says

    This ice cream is so pretty! I have never made homemade ice cream before, but this makes me want to. I definitely think that there is never a wrong time for ice cream, no matter how cold it is outside! I love that strawberry swirl and I bet it goes great white chocolate. :)

  16. says

    Ice cream makes me happy no matter what time of the year! This strawberry buttermilk ice cream looks incredible. I made vanilla buttermilk ice cream once and wasn’t a fan. I think the buttermilk flavor was too strong, but I definitely can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m sure the strawberries and white chocolate add a sweet flavor. And I love strawberries so I’m willing to give the buttermilk a try again :)

  17. says

    I’m totally with you… I’ll eat ice cream on the coldest day of the year without a problem. And this ice cream looks beyond amazing! Buttermilk in ice cream… never tried it but obviously need to. It sounds amazing!

  18. Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe says

    You totally read my mind: even if it’s still super cold where I live (Italy) the other day I came up craving ice-cream! And trust me when I say that this one looks oh, too delicious to be true! I love everything about the flavors combination: strawberry, brown sugar and white chocolate…heaven to me!

    xo, Elisa

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