Blueberry-Swirl Buttermilk Ice Cream This gorgeous homemade ice cream is a showstopper, thanks to bold swirls of blueberry syrup that cut through tart buttermilk-yogurt cream.

active: 20 mins
total: 15 hrs
Servings: 12


  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup sugar plus 1/4 cup, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups whole-milk plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 (12 ounce) package frozen unsweetened blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Blueberries & mint for garnish


    Step 1

    Whisk eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt in a heavy saucepan until slightly thick. Whisk in buttermilk. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture coats a metal spoon and reaches 165 degrees F, about 10 minutes. Set the pan in a bowl of ice water and stir until cooled. Stir in yogurt. Refrigerate for 8 to 24 hours.

    Step 2

    Meanwhile, combine blueberries, the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking frequently. Reduce heat and simmer until syrupy, about 5 minutes. Let cool. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for 8 to 24 hours.

    Step 3

    Freeze the chilled buttermilk mixture in a 1 1/2- or 2-qt. ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions. Transfer to a freezer container. Swirl in the blueberry mixture. Freeze until firm, 6 to 8 hours.

    Step 4

    Let stand at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh blueberries and mint, if desired.


Sugar Substitute: Use Splenda Sugar Blend for Baking. Follow package directions to use 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup equivalents. Nutrition Per Serving with Substitute: Same as below, except 103 calories, 12 g carbohydrate (11 g sugars).


Equipment: 1 1/2- or 2-qt. ice cream maker

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/2 cup Per Serving: 122 calories; protein 5g; carbohydrates 19g; dietary fiber 1g; sugars 18g; fat 3g; saturated fat 2g; cholesterol 37mg; sodium 95mg. Exchanges:

1 other carbohydrate, 1/2 fat, 1/2 lean protein


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