Friday, June 4, 2010

Delicious Strawberry Buttermilk Ice Cream

I visited my parents and sister for Memorial Day and we made the most delicious ice cream.  It was super easy and so I just HAD to share it here.

1 pint of strawberries
1 cup of sugar
1 - 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
1 cup of heavy cream
2 cups of buttermilk

Cut the strawberries into small piece and place in a bowl.  Add the sugar and put in the refrigerator for at least four hours.  We used strawberries we purchased that day.  Next time I will either use strawberries that had been purchased a few days earlier or previously frozen strawberries.  The idea is to get them really soft.  This is so you can easily mash them into an almost-puree.

Take the berry mixture out of the refrigerator and mash the berries to your preference.  As I said above, I really like the berries extra smashy--I don't like having hard frozen berries in my ice cream.

Add the remaining ingredients and stir well.  You can either place the mixture in your ice cream freezer at this point or put the mixture in the refrigerator until you are ready to freeze.  Freeze according to your manufacturer's directions.

If you want soft-serve consistency, serve right away.  If you want store-bought consistency, place in freezer until it firms up.  I didn't get to try the store-bought consistency since I had to leave shortly after we made the ice cream, but it sure was tasty right after we made it.