Monday, April 11, 2011

Lemon Buttermilk Sherbet "The Whole Family Cookbook"

Why not climb on the counter at a church?

Another wonderful recipe from our favorite new cookbook, "The Whole Family Cookbook" by Michelle Stern. Audrey and I made this for our mommy playgroup and it was a big hit. We brought the ingredients, borrowed an ice cream maker (thanks Becky!) and set everything up. It was a big hit and so easy to make.

  • 1 quart low-fat buttermilk
  • 4 large lemons
  • 1/2 cup sugar
Before starting this recipe, make sure that the bowl for your ice cream maker is frozen. Measure the buttermilk and pour into a medium-sized measuring bowl (ideally one with a pouring spout). Zest the lemons and cut the zest into small pieces with a knife. Cut the lemons in half. Juice the lemons and measure 1/2 cup juice. Be sure to pick out any stray seeds. Pour the lemon juice into the buttermilk. Measure sugar and add it to the lemon-buttermilk mixture. Refrigerate for approximately 15 minutes, or until the mixture is very cold and the sugar dissolves. Pour the cold mixture into the frozen bowl of an ice-cream maker and process for 20 minutes, or according to the manufacturer's directions. If you don't have an ice-cream maker, pour mixture into a sturdy bowl or container and put into the freezer. Remove from freezer and stir vigorously every 45 minutes, for up to 3 hours. Add the lemon zest and continue for 10 more minutes. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for 2 weeks.

Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Juice lemons
  2. Measure and add ingredients
  3. Stir
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Zest lemons
  3. Process ice cream
This was a team effort as I had another mom assisting me with this recipe. It was so simple to make I could have easily done it myself but she was there, offering assistance. I never turn down help in the kitchen. A few of the moms enjoyed this so much they asked for the recipe before I could post it on here. Apparently buttermilk is a Southern taste and several of our mommy friends are from further South than Kansas. They loved it. I really enjoyed the treat but was a little surprised at the buttermilk flavor at first taste. It is rich. But the lemon finishes it with a clean taste, like an intermezzo. Try it, you will be sold. We need to get an ice cream maker before summer hits. It gets hot in Kansas. And this is how we will cool ourselves.

Love my Pampered Chef mixing bowl

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