Thursday, June 11, 2009

Lemon Buttermilk Ice Cream and Candied Lemon Zest



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This week's buttermilk extravaganza continues with a figure friendly dessert that will set your tongue tingling from the combined bite of lemon and buttermilk. You may even be able to claim this ice cream is good for you. Here's why. Cultured buttermilk is lower in fat and calories than regular milk because its fat has already been removed to make butter. It's also higher in potassium, vitamin B12 and calcium and it's more easily digestible than whole milk because of its lactic acid content. The best part of all this is that there are just 2.2 grams of fat in a cup of buttermilk. So, if you have to name your poison this is probably a good one to pick. Having said all that, it means nothing if it doesn't taste good. This tastes good and it's easy to make. I like to garnish it with candied lemon zest. While the zest adds gorgeous color and intensifies flavor, it's a nice, not necessary, addition. I think you'll love the simplicity of this ice cream. It's a decade old creation from Roxanne Gold. Take a look.

Lemon Buttermilk Ice Cream
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, strained
1 quart low-fat buttermilk
1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions:
1) Place sugar in a medium-size bowl. Add zest and lemon juice to sugar. Mix well. Add buttermilk and salt. Stir until sugar dissolves. Chill for 4 hours or overnight.
2) Transfer to an ice cream mixer and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. If not used immediately, transfer to a storage container and freeze.
Yield: 8 (1/2-cup) servings.

Candied Lemon Zest...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
4 lemons
2/3 cup water
2/3 cup sugar + sugar to coat zest strips

Directions:
1) Wash lemons thoroughly. Trim zest from lemons using a vegetable peeler. Cut wide strips, being careful not to cut into the white pith layer below. Cut zest strips lengthwise to create thin julienne strips.
2) Place julienne strips in a small sauce pan and cover with cold water. Cook over medium heat until water comes to a simmer. Continue to simmer for 6 minutes.
3) Remove from heat, drain strips and then return them to sauce pan. Add water and 2/3 cup sugar. Bring mixture to a simmer. Continue to cook over low heat until lemon strips turn translucent. Sugar water will begin to thicken. Cooking time will be approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
4) When done cooking, remove strips from the pan and spread out on a sheet of wax paper. Separate strips on wax paper so they are not in clumps. Cool slightly. Roll in additional granulated sugar to coat. Yield: 8 servings.

37 comments:

Ning said...

This sounds like a refreshing and creamy treat! Thanks for sharing! :)

mamapippas said...

For the moment I only eat diet-ice ... but this looks so delicious !

Donna-FFW said...

Another reason to ask for an ice cream maker, delicious. Hmm, whats next, oh my anniversary. That can be oneof my gifts:)

Katy ~ said...

I've never had buttermilk in an ice cream before. This looks so good and cooling.

Hootin' Anni said...

Anything....ANYthing with citrus is perfect for me. This looks absolutely luscious Mary.

Martha said...

I love to candy citrus zests. Grapefruit is especially good. The ice cream looks wonderful and just in time for summer!

RecipeGirl said...

Oh my gosh, that's completely gorgeous! Perfect summery treat!

Melynda said...

When I was viewing the wonderful photos on foodgwaker this morning, I was not surprised that this one was your! Looks wonderful, Yum. Your posts and photos are always wonderful.

Taste of My Life said...

Looks good and feel a bit cold here in the hot weather Malaysia!

finsmom said...

Ive always wanted to try my hand at making candied lemon zest - looks great!

Culinary Wannabe said...

I will take any "healthy" excuse for ice cream I can get! :)

Allie said...

I haven't made ice cream using buttermilk. I'm sure it's a great combo with the lemon! Yummy we need some down here with the heat index at 103!!

the ungourmet said...

Ooh! I have been thinking of making some homemade ice cream. These flavors sounds perfect! Very nice!

The Explorer said...

Browsing your site makes me hungry...c",)

Thanks for dropping by to my site.

Natashya said...

Yum! I made a lemon frogurt this weekend but have never thought of doing buttermilk as a base - so creative!

girlichef said...

I love the candied lemon zest!! This sounds so dreamy :D

Mary at My New 30 said...

So refreshing! Buttermilk is a staple in this household. Sounds wonderful.

mikky said...

looks so refreshing... :)

Simply Susan said...

That recipe looks and sounds divine! I imagine it tastes that way too ;o)

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a lovely comment.

Peter M said...

If the weather only improved that I'd be game for this refreshing treat. Buttermilk is so undervalued, mostly because people think it's fattening when it's not!

Karen said...

Love this summer treat and the candied zest makes it look so pretty.

The Blonde Duck said...

How summery!

Netts Nook said...

Looks and sounds perfect as usual. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe.

Boo-Bah said...

It sounds cool and refreshing. Besides that, it is pretty to look at.

Iris

DeAnna said...

Oh My! I know where I'll be gettin' recipes for now on. I love lemon and I Love cheese and I LOVE buttermilk! Thanks for the kind words - it's always nice to make new friends.

Crystal said...

Hi Mary,
This ice cream looks very refreshing and creammmy. The funny thing is I just bought a quart of buttermilk yesterday. When I daughter unpacked it, she was like what do you do with that? Well, now I have a great recipe to share with her :-)
Thanks for stopping by to visit and your sweet comment. I hope you get to travel to somewhere soon.

Crystal

Crystal

Screamin' Mama said...

That looks amazing. My mouth is puckering just thinking about the lemons.

Regina said...

Thanks for sharing, with your blog I'm inspired to go back to cooking :).(Thanks for the visit)

Gaby said...

wow this ice cream sounds delicious! i want some asap!

Haden News said...

What a perfect ending to a meal! I can't wait to try this recipe!!

Libby Murphy said...

I have a new ice cream maker and I'm making this for sure. Just made Strawberry Cinammon with White Chocolate . . . Now Lemon Buttermilk with Candied Zest -thank you
Happy Twirls

Bridgett said...

Sounds perfectly refreshing!

Ginger said...

Your ice cream is a perfect treat. Mary, I didn't think your photos could get any better but I was wrong. Every photo is better than the next. Are you starting a new career? A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER!! Have a great weekend.

Nicole Feliciano said...

Another good use for lemon zest! It's one of my favorite ingredients.

Kara said...

I just love baking with buttermilk, I can't wait to try it in homemade ice cream. Yum!!!

Lori said...

I'd gladly name this for my poison mary. I love buttermilk in ice cream.

Terrianne, Call me Ree said...

Oooh, I'm going to have to make this one! I bet it tastes like a cross between ice cream and sherbert, and super refreshing for summer to boot. Thanks again.

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