Blueberry Buttermilk Sherbet
I’m taking my summer blueberry obsession all the way down to the wire, since I know when I get back from Florida in 10 days, the window will have probably closed on blueberry season for the year. I now have some blueberry deliciousness in the freezer to keep me going for a little while longer. While I make a ton of ice cream (that’s probably an understatement) throughout the course of the year, I’ve only dipped my toe into sherbet-making. Last summer, I made fresh orange sherbet, and I loved it! Sherbet is almost always started with fresh fruit, so it has bright flavors that will make your mouth sing.
I’ve seen a number of recipes on blogs for a strawberry-buttermilk ice cream, but I’ve always felt kind of thought “eh” about. I wasn’t sure that I would like the tang of buttermilk in my ice cream, but I decided to finally give it a whirl when I saw this blueberry sherbet recipe. Basically, it’s amazing. The buttermilk provides a wonderful contrast to the sweetness of the berries, and it aids in the silky smooth texture of the sherbet.
If you love fruit and have been hesitant to make your own ice cream, this is a great place to start. What’s your favorite sherbet flavor?
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Blueberry Buttermilk Sherbet
- 3 cups (444 g) fresh blueberries, (about 1½ pints )
- 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
- 1 cup (240 ml) buttermilk
- Zest of 1 lemon
- ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) vanilla extract
- Puree the blueberries and sugar in a blender until smooth. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl; press on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard solids. Stir in the buttermilk, lemon zest and vanilla extract.
- Churn the blueberry mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions, then transfer to an airtight container. Freeze until hardened, at least 2 hours. Sherbet will keep in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.
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I’ve already made this three times! So delicious and easy!
I made the sherbet today. It is super tasty and intensely blueberry. The color was much deeper than your picture – the buttermilk is not perceptible in the finished product. Your instructions say, “press on the solids” when straining blended blueberries and sugar. My blueberries blended pretty completely – very little left in the strainer. I actually wished it had had a little more dairy flavor.
I had Chilean organic blueberries in January – they were pretty sweet. Like another commenter, I would use a little less sugar next time. I added ~1/4 tsp of lemon juice to balance the flavors.
Thanks for very clearly presented recipes!
Finally got around to making this although I don’t know what took me so long. This recipe is so easy and so delicious! Will be making again. Next time I might use a bit less sugar, maybe only 3/4 cup instead of a full cup. Thanks for the recipe!
What kind of ice cream maker do you have? I’ve been eyeing your ice cream/sherbet recipes for quite a while now but have no idea which ice cream maker to buy!
Hi Dominique, I use the ice cream maker attachment for the KitchenAid stand mixers: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002IES80/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0002IES80&linkCode=as2&tag=broeyebak-20. Happy shopping! You’ll love having an ice cream maker!
Thanks for the recipe Michelle! I just made it today and everyone LOVED it!!
The flavor and color were great but mine came out a bit icy-textured. I also made one with strawberries and buttermilk which had a much smoother texture. Any idea why? Any tips? Thanks!
Did you compare the two recipes – is anything different? Quantities, technique, etc.? Did you have frozen blueberries? If so, they would have a higher water content.
That sherbet looks so amazingly good!
My FIL brought me blueberries from Michigan but they’re frozen. Do you think this will still work if I defrost them?
Hi Beth, I would thaw and drain them, and I think you’ll be fine!
Sherbet is a long-standing favorite in my house, and we devour it regardless of the flavor. Blueberry and orange, though, get more attention. And you just reminded me that blueberry season will end soon. Gotta grab them while they’re still available.
This looks so creamy and yet fresh! Love blueberry anything, though I really hope the season won’t be over in 10 days!
Blueberries are one of my loves and this looks so good. I’m going to make this!
Lemon. I cannot describe how much I love Lemon Sherbet.
Blueberries are ruling my summer! This looks so yummy!
It has fruit so of course its healthy! Right? oh well =)
When I go to sleep tonight this is what I will dream about.. oh my!
the use of butter milk has to bring a creamy texture which is tart and buttery. perfect for a soft cone like this. Thank for sharing such a simple but great recipe
This is probably the most simple ice cream recipe I’ve seen! Looks beautiful too! Can’t wait to try it :)
I’ve been nervous about trying buttermilk in ice cream too!! But this sherbet looks fantastic!!!! Really. I think you’ve convinced me.
I love buttermilk flavor and I bet this tastes amazing!!
What do you think about adding a pinch or two of cinnamon?
Sounds good to me! Love cinnamon and blueberries together!
Most sorbet recipes add vodka (tablespoon or two) for smoother texture. Not necessary here?
I’m not sure, since this is sherbet and not sorbet (I believe sorbet is traditionally icier, which is why vodka I assume), but it couldn’t hurt to try if you’d like.
Loving your ice cream recipes this summer!
Loving this. So lovely for summer!
Wow looks like another foolproof winner of a recipe. Thanks for posting.
This looks delicious! I’ve made blueberry sorbet before, but never sherbet. Will definitely have to try this — we’ve been fortunate to get lots of blueberries from our CSA this year.
More blueberry madness! And looks semi-healthy too, since there’s no cream…
I can’t get enough of summer fruit, so this is perfect for me! Nice,sweet, and refreshing!
I like lime sherbet!! I don’t know why, but that’s my favorite :) This look so good…I agree- hang on to summer blueberry season while you can!
Michelle, I am with you…about holding onto summer as long as possible in working with and enjoying fresh fruit desserts. I adore orange and raspberry sherbets and I just know I would love this blueberry sherbet with the tang of buttermilk. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your vacay! xo
Ive never made sherbet. I have no idea why! I love it (even more so than ice cream!) Yours is gorgeous and Im a huge, huge fan of blueberry anything!