Thursday, I went to check out the new mid-week farmer's market in Baton Rouge. I love the Saturday market but don't always have time to go, so I was excited when I found out they would be open in a closer location on Thursday mornings.
I bought the most gorgeous coral/peach snapdragons (these were my mom's favorite colors and they reminded me of her, so I had to buy them!), a pint of blackberries, and 3 pints of strawberries.
What was I going to do with all those strawberries? Make ice cream of course! I wanted to try and keep it light so I decided to use low-fat buttermilk as the base. I've made peach buttermilk ice cream before and it was delicious...I knew this would be too! Low-fat buttermilk is nutritionally similar to 1% milk (110 cals, 2.5 g fat), but it's creamy and tangy and makes this ice cream almost have a cheesecake-like flavor.
I don't have a pic for you, however. Somebody put the ice cream in the fridge after she fixed some and it completely melted! I refroze it but didn't have good results. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to make it again!
Whenever I have ice cream I serve it in a really small dish (such as a small ramekin or coffee cup), so that the ½-cup serving (okay, sometimes I have more!) doesn't seem so small. Portion control is key, and using smaller plates/bowls/cups/etc. can help.
Give it a try...perfect for summer!
Strawberry Buttermilk Ice Cream
recipe by me
Makes 11 ½-cup servings
2 cups sliced strawberries
1 tablespoon sugar
3 cups low-fat buttermilk
½ cup sweetened condensed milk*
1 teaspoon vanilla
zest of 1 lemon plus 1 teaspoon lemon juice
*Notes - Sweetened condensed milk comes in 3 varieties original, low-fat, and fat-free; I used the original...I think a little fat balances out the sugar. But just so you know, per 2 tablespoons:
Original - 130 calories, 3.0g of fat, 23g sugar
Low-fat - 120 calories, 1.5g of fat, 24 g sugar
Fat-free - 110 calories, 0 g fat, 24 g sugar
Make sure you use well-chilled milks...I put mine in the freezer for about 20 minutes. If the mixture isn't cold enough, it won't freeze well in the ice cream maker.