Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk Ice Cream

I realllllly adore ice cream. When I was living in Chicago I went through a phase where all I wanted to do was make ice cream. During this time, I picked up a few ice cream cookbooks that I still turn to when the mood strikes. I had some buttermilk and strawberries to use before they spoiled and had a vague memory of a recipe that used them both. Low and behold, I was right. Big shoutout to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream for being one of the most well-written cookbooks I own. Her directions are extraordinarily easy to follow and every recipe I’ve made has come out as a delicious, smooth, ice creamy adventure. Go out and buy this book immediately. It won’t let you down. Promise, promise.

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Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk Ice Cream
from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home

Roasted Strawberries

  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Ice Cream Base

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 oz. (4 tablespoons) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk

Prep

For the strawberries:

Preheat the oven to 375. Combine the strawberries with the sugar in an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish, stirring gently to mix well. Roast for 8 minutes, or until just soft. Let cool slightly.

Puree the berries in a food processor with the lemon juice. Measure 1/2 cup of the pureed berries; refrigerate the rest of the puree for another use.

For the ice cream base:

Mix about 2 tablespoons of the milk with the cornstarch in a small bowl to make a smooth slurry. Whisk the cream cheese and salt in a medium bowl until smooth. Fill a large bowl with ice and water.

Cook

Combine the remaining milk, the cream, sugar, and corn syrup in a 4-quart saucepan, bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat, and boil for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and gradually whisk in the cornstarch slurry. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, stirring with a heatproof spatula, until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat.

Chill

Gradually whisk the hot milk mixture into the cream cheese until smooth. Add the reserved 1/2 cup strawberry puree and the buttermilk and blend well. Pour the mixture into a 1-gallon Ziplock freezer bag and submerge the sealed bag in the ice bath. Let stand, adding more ice as necessary, until cold, about 30 minutes.

Freeze

Pour the ice cream base into the frozen canister and spin until thick and creamy.

Pack the ice cream into a storage container, press a sheet of parchment directly against the surface, and seal with an airtight lid. Freeze in the coldest part of your freezer until firm, at least 4 hours.

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