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Buttermilk MapleĀ Gelato

March 26, 2012
2 Ratings
  • Serves a small but hungry crowd
Author Notes

I know, another ice cream recipe - but it's easy and tasty and I will make it again, so I am posting! By the way, what really IS the difference between ice cream and gelato? Milk vs cream? Fancy sounding vs not so much? I like fancy sounding. I did NOT get a good photo of the actual product because it got gobbled up so fast, so you get a picture of my great nephew wishing the friggin' paparazzi (me) would leave him alone while he eats. —aargersi

Test Kitchen Notes

When the Spouse and I first tested arrgersi's Buttermilk Maple Gelato, we immediately fell into the kind of argument for which our family has an unhappy genius. I insisted the best thing about it was how tangy and yummy it was without being cloyingly sweet. He insisted the best thing about it was how breathtakingly easy it was to make. We would have brought in a third person to break the tie, only ... there wasn't any left! We happily made another batch, and this time, agreed to disagree. Yummy and easy AND easy and yummy. It's all good.

What You'll Need
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 - 1.5 ounces maple sugar candy (one maple leaf worth ... or use maple sugar, I had the candy handy!)
  • 1/4 cup grade B maple syrup - very cold
  1. Bring the milk and maple sugar to a simmer and stir until the candy is dissolved, then turn off the heat. Allow it to cool slightly, then SLOWLY drizzle some warm milk into the egg yolks while you whisk madly - you want to temper, not scramble.
  2. Once the yolks are tempered, turn the heat back on the milk - medium-ish, and whisk the yolks in, then whisk in the buttermilk. Gently bring it all back to a simmer, stirring all the while, until a custard forms. Use the back of a spoon to test, the custard should part when you run your finger through it and stay parted.
  3. Cool completely. This is a not-to-sweet sort of tangy concoction. Never fear. When it is cold, pour it into your ice cream maker and freeze according to the directions. Just as it is essentially soft-serve, drizzle the cold maple syrup in so it ribbons throughout. You can eat it immediately or put it into the freezer to harden up a bit more. Guess which we did?
  4. *** NOTE *** Hardlikearmour turned me on to the counter top Cuisinart ice cream maker on Amazon - and I absolutely LOVE it. If you are going to be making ice cream this summer, you need one too: http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-ICE-30BC-Indulgence-2-Quart-Automatic/dp/B0006ONQOC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332792860&sr=8-1

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Recipe by: aargersi

Country living, garden to table cooking, recent beek, rescue all of the dogs, #adoptdontshop

13 Reviews

Kukla April 5, 2012
Congratulations aargersi on the CP! Well deserved. Your great nephew looks very sweet and tasty. I can imagine the pleasure of kissing his silky puffy little hands and fingers.
aargersi, I am in love with your recipe for Maple Lacquered Duck Breast, in my opinion; this recipe should be the winner. All last week I kept going back to your gorges photo and the recipe. If I ever fined such beautiful duck breasts, it would be number one priority for a fancy dinner party.
aargersi April 12, 2012
Wow - thanks Kukla! Do you have a good farmer's market near by? I get all of my duck, rabbit, lamb, and bison at mine - WORLDS above anything from any store ....
Kitchen B. April 1, 2012
Sounds heavenly. I like the way this maple contest has brought out the sweet/salty, sweet-tangy, sweet-hot combinations! And he is so cute....
Kitchen B. April 1, 2012
Sounds heavenly. I like the way this maple contest has brought out the sweet/salty, sweet-tangy, sweet-hot combinations! And he is so cute....
jenniebgood March 30, 2012
This looks so good - I like the sweet/tangy combination!
LeBec F. March 30, 2012
Man, a, that boy is a BRUISER!

As to the ice cream, I'm always a fan of tang, so i'm happy to see the buttermilk. I bet this is one recipe where yoghurt might not be able to be subbed for buttermilk... unless you used greek yoghurt. . Thx much for the inspiration!.
arielleclementine March 28, 2012
eeeee!! great baby! great recipe! love love the idea of the maple syrup ribbon!
aargersi March 27, 2012
Thanks all! He is a cute little fart, isn't he?
boulangere March 27, 2012
Lovely combination, including that darling baby!
hardlikearmour March 26, 2012
Yum! Love the tang of the buttermilk with the sweet of the syrup. Your nephew is adorable, too!
wssmom March 26, 2012
CUTENESS!!! (And the gelato sounds awesome, too)
mrslarkin March 26, 2012
Yum!!! and Cute!!!! Honestly, who cares what the ice cream looks like when that cute thing is in the picture! I'll take two scoops, please.
drbabs March 26, 2012
What a sweet baby! I can totally understand why he'd scarf that ice cream right up!