Buttermilk Ice Cream With Plum Juniper Berry Swirl

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Author Notes: Sometimes idea's come from the need to use ingredients so they don't spoil, hence this recipe. I had some delicious full fat buttermilk that I needed to use along with some heavy cream, ice cream was my first thought. I also had made a syrup for drinks using gorgeous Methley plums, they are one of my favorites, dark almost black skin and crimson flesh, so sweet and delicious, playing around with flavors I added some juniper berries and the flavor combination is wonderful, it would make fantastic jam also. The resulting recipe is really nice, creamy, a little tangy actually it almost tastes like cheesecake ice cream. The plum juniper swirl goes perfectly with the buttermilk ice cream. I used my basic recipe for the custard and tweaked to incorporate the buttermilk.sdebrango

Makes a quart of ice cream

Plum Juniper Berry Syrup

  • 2 1/2 cups plums, cleaned, pitted and quarted with skins left on, I used 5 Methley plums
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 whole juniper berries
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. Place everything in saucepan, bring to a boil then reduce heat to med and let cook until thick and plums are broken down and it's reduced by approximately 1/4 it takes about 15-20 minutes. Strain into a jar with a lid, pressing the plums leaving only the pulp and skin, let come to room temperature then refrigerate until ready to use. It's pretty thick and when it's cooled its like the consistency of loose jam.
  2. Before you pour custard into the ice cream maker add the tbs of corn syrup to the custard, pour into ice cream maker following manufacturers instruction. When it's ready it will be the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Put half of the custard into a freezer container, drizzle some of the syrup over the ice cream (I used 1/4 cup) and using a bamboo skewer or butter knife, swirl into the ice cream. Put the other half of the ice cream on top of it and swirl more syrup. Freeze until it is a scoopable consistency.

The Custard

  • 1/1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup full fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon clear corn syrup
  1. In heavy non reactive saucepan heat cream, milk and buttermilk to scalding. Beat egg yolks and sugar with a whisk or electric mixer until light in color and thick. Slowly add some of the hot milk to the egg yolk mixture whisking constantly. Whisk to combine and add to the pan with the hot milk whisking constantly. Heat over med/hi heat until it becomes thick (165-170 degrees) and coats the back of the spoon, to test it swipe finger making a line, if it's done the line will remain intact.NOTE: if you don't have or cannot find full fat buttermilk use the low fat, omit the whole milk and increase heavy cream to 2 cups.
  2. Pour into heat proof container, cover with plastic directly onto the custard. Let cool at room temperature then refrigerate overnight or until it reaches 40 degrees. You can also prepare a ice bath, pour the custard into a zip lock bag, seal it well and immerse in the ice cold bath until it's cooled. Then refrigerate or use right away
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about 1 month ago Stephanie Cigrang Hassibi

can you substitute something else for heavy cream? All the heavy cream I find in the stores even the organic's have Carrageenan & I dont want my family to eat it.

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about 1 month ago sdebrango

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You can sub half and half or light table cream instead of heavy cream. Really even organic has carrageenan? Wow. If you can get full fat buttermilk you can also use whole milk with it. If it's low fat buttermilk you need some fatty milk or cream so half and half or light cream will do fine.

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over 1 year ago Midge

Yum! Looks like a winner to me.

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much Midge, you are too kind.

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about 2 years ago EmilyC

Oh goodness, this looks SO delicious.

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much Emily!

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about 2 years ago mrslarkin

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Great flavor combination, sdebrango! I love juniper berries. So far, I have only used them in savory, so it's nice to have a sweet recipe. Thank you!

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thanks so much mrsL, I know before this only for savory with the jb's. I love the flavor of the juniper and plums.

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about 2 years ago Kukla

Beautiful and delicious looking Ice Cream Suzanne! I love plums and especially plum jam or plum butter and since my childhood I preferred to any cakes or pastries, a sandwich which my mom often made for us; it consisted of a fresh slice of sourdough or rye bread, thin layer of butter, thick layer of homemade plum jam; then a layer of toasted walnuts and finished with fresh homemade ricotta. It was also very clever of you to use the juniper berries in the syrup; I only use them in marinades and brines, but now, thanks to you, will know that they are working nicely in desserts.

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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That sandwich sounds wonderful, I too really love plum jam, always has been my favorite. Thank you so much, the juniper berries with the plums is wonderful. If you try it please let me know how you like it. You are always so encouraging, thank you.

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

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This looks so wonderful! I was just thinking about the potential for juniper berries in ice cream (great minds... :) And I'm so glad you posted this. The plum and juniper swirl sounds just amazing. And anything with buttermilk...count me in!

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much fiveandspice, yes juniper berries are wonderful in this and something i had not thought of before, seemed a bit unlikely but after making the plum syrup with the juniper I was so pleased with the outcome.

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about 2 years ago Madhuja

This looks fabulous! I have some juniper berries sitting in my spice cabinet and I wasn't sure what I could do with it - this recipe solves that problem!

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much Madhuja, the juniper berries and plums is a great combination and with the buttermilk it's really delicious!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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this is beautiful, suzanne!!!! YUM!

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thanks Em, it's pretty tasty!!

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about 2 years ago AntoniaJames

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Did you say "plum and juniper berries"??!!! I'm in. Just love it. Especially with buttermilk! ;o)

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you AJ, the combination was like a revelation, so wonderful together. I want to make a plum,juniper berry jam. The buttermilk is so good with it.

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much, it really is a wonderful combination!

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about 2 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

This looks wonderful with the juniper berries and plum sauce - great combination! And I love the addition of the corn syrup to make it soft.