Buttermilk Ice Cream
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A ¾ quart buttermilk ice cream base. With non-fruit ice creams (nut, chocolate etc..) I like to use brown sugar. With fruit ice creams I use white sugar.
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ⅓ cup white or brown sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Add the egg yolks to a blender. Cover with the blender lid with the pour hole open.
  2. Heat cream and sugar in a 3 or 4 quart heavy bottom pot, stirring until steaming and bubbles start forming around the edges. Remove the pot from the heat.
  3. Turn the blender on a low speed and very gradually pour the hot cream mix, in a VERY thin stream into the blending eggs. Turn off the blender 5 seconds after the mix has been completely added.
  4. Pour the mix back into the pot and return to heat. Heat, stirring until the temperature reaches 170 F on a good instant read thermometer or you can coat the back of your spoon or spatula with the mix, run your finger through it and leave a trail that doesn't intermediately fill back in.
  5. Take pot off the stove right away.
  6. At this point you need to combine in the buttermilk and vanilla. Also any additional flavors that you wont be adding in as mix-ins later in your ice cream maker. What I do is add everything back to blender and blend together (with the lid on, pour hole closed!) on a high speed for 10 or 15 seconds. A blender acts as a poor mans homogenizer, giving you a better emulsion and adding some air to the mix. This will result in a smoother, lighter texture. However note that you still will have some raw egg in your blender unless you clean it water over 160 F first. This is a potential health risk If you don't want to risk it you can simply whisk everything together in a bowl.
  7. Pre-chill as needed.
  8. Freeze in your ice cream maker as per manufacturers instructions.
  9. Best eaten right out of the ice cream maker or within 6 hours in your freezer.
Recipe by l love ice cream.net at http://www.iloveicecream.net/recipes/ice-cream/buttermilk-ice-cream/