Plum-Buttermilk Ice

Ice milk – that sounds rather unappetizing. Brings to mind a milky snow cone. Trust me when I say that this recipe produces better results than that. It isn’t an ice cream because it has very little milk fat in it, but it’s not a sorbet because it does have dairy. Here are the ingredients:

2 1/2 c. lowfat buttermilk (feel free to use full fat if you want more richness – the South is one of the few places it can be found)
1/2 c. sugar
2 t. vanilla
1/2 t. cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
1 1/4 c. plums, pits removed and chopped into pieces, juice reserved


Heat half the buttermilk in microwave or on stovetop until warm, then add sugar. Stir until dissolved. Add the rest of the ingredients and pour into prepared ice cream maker. Follow instructions of ice cream maker to freeze.

I left the skins on for extra fiber and to jazz up the look of the ice cream, but feel free to remove the peels. The easiest way to do that will probably be to drop the plums (if they aren’t too ripe) in boiling water for 10 seconds, then remove into an ice bath for another 10 seconds. The skins should roll right off (this is also the way to remove tomato skins or peach skins). If the plums are super-ripe, just squeeze the plum pulp through your hands/fingers, holding back the pit and skin and allowing the juice and pulp to drop into the ice cream mix.

I like the pretty pink ice cream and it’s a nice summer treat without tasting too rich. (By the way, mine is so pink because the ice milk base had several days of sitting in the fridge to let the skin color affect the base.) It will go great with some struesal-roasted plums I’ll make after dinner. Plums plumy plum plum plum.

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3 Comments »

  1. Jamie DP said

    Mmmm…all of this is making me hungry. Time to strap on my PBR flipflops and head to the fridge and eat some of the plums I coincidently just bought. Bravo, MIchele! I love the site.

  2. karen knaus said

    My friend Joan (the chef) makes a chilled plum soup that seems quite similar to your buttermilk ice. I check your site every few days and enjoy reading your articles. Feels like we’re together.

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