Buttermilk Blueberry Pie Ice Cream

Hi dear readers!

Hope everyone has been enjoying the summer and had an excellent 4th of July.

I went up to the cottage, per usual, and had an amazingly relaxing time with family and much good food (remember doughboys?) You can find more of my 4th of July cottage foods here and here and here.

This year I borrowed my Aunt’s ice cream maker to whip up a recipe I submitted to the Hudsonville ice cream company’s Pure Michigan flavor contest. Sadly, I didn’t win. BUT- my family thought the ice cream was delicious and totally should have won (ok, my emphasis added).

So, what is it? Creamy buttermilk ice cream with lots of lemon zest, swirled with Michigan blueberry pie filling and dotted with cinnamon-sugar pie crust pieces.

Yup, drool.

Buttermilk Blueberry Pie Ice Cream ~ Erin's DC Kitchen

Buttermilk Blueberry Pie Ice Cream ~ Erin's DC Kitchen

So, want to make it??


Buttermilk Ice Cream~ Erin's DC Kitchen


To swirl in pie crust and pie filling, transfer to a large bowl and fold gently with a spatula



(Special thanks to my photographer brother, Jeffrey Smith, for the awesome photos!)

Well, I kinda failed to write the recipe down 😦 and time has passed and most of it has left my mind. But I’ll sketch it out below, the parts I remember, and then you can fill in the blanks by comparing other recipes or using your best judgement.

Buttermilk Blueberry Pie Ice Cream

  • 6 to 8 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar (really don’t remember if this is right)
  • pinch of salt

For the blueberry pie filling

  • 1 heaping cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • dash of water
  • 1/4 tsp or so cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • single pie crust, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, baked and broken into pieces

For the pie filling: Lightly smash berries and combine with all over ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat until boiling, stirring often, then reduce to a simmer and let cook for 5 minutes. Mixture will naturally thicken. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

For the ice cream: Combine the buttermilk, cream, salt, and lemon juice and zest in a large saucepan and heat until just bubbly but not scalded. Stir in sugar and continue stirring until heated through and sugar is dissolved. Temper the egg yolks with a bit of the warm cream mixture, then quickly whisk in the rest of the cream mixture. Add to a large ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacture instructions.

Once ice cream is frozen, but still a little soft and creamy, remove from maker into a large bowl. Gently fold the broken pie crust pieces into the ice cream. Next, dollop the pie filling across the top of the ice cream and gently fold that in, turning only 2 or 3 times max (you want swirls, not to fully mix the berries in, resist temptation to overstir!). Freeze for another 2 hours, of until fully set.



Five Things From On The Road

Hello dear readers!

I’m sorry I have been so spotty lately in posting and responding to comments. I’ve been on the road for almost two weeks, working (and doing some adventuring) in Bangladesh and Nepal.

Please let me share five of my favorite things from this trip so far….

Cows in a truck!

Cows in a truck


Ground Flower Powder




Hindu Temple

The Himalayas

Mount Everest

Also, how cool is it that WordPress has it ‘snowing’ on your Reader screen?  Love it!

So, please come back for a visit sometime over the next week or so for more comprehensive posts about the truely awesome countries of Nepal and Bangladesh and some traditional Christmas cookie recipes. It’s hard to get into the ‘spirit of the season’ while on the road so I’m looking ahead to this weekend when I return and can get in the kitchen to make up for lost time!

Miss you all!

– Erin

About Ireland, Part 4

The finale!

The last stop on our tour of Ireland was the Dingle Peninsula. On our way to Dingle, we stopped at the Cliffs of Mohr.

After Slieve League, the Cliffs of Mohr were frankly really disappointing. There is an observation deck which you can walk around on to view the Cliffs, but you can’t climb on the Cliffs the same way you do at Slieve.  There was also a random castle tower on the observation deck area that had been turned into a gift shop. It felt a little touristy overall.

We hopped back into the rental and headed towards Connor’s Pass, a scenic route into the Dingle Peninsula. It was really lovely and sadly, my picture doesn’t do it justice.

Looking out onto the valley below

At one point, there were some clouds rolling in over the mountains in the pass and it looked like liquid silk sliding and cascading down the sides of the mountains. It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen! Try to imagine it, this picture cannot show the motion.

Dingle is in the southwest of Ireland. It is so picturesque, providing beautiful ocean views from practically every part of the peninsula.  There are also some impressively large beaches where you can go surfing.  I’m not a surfer girl so I have no tips to offer, but there is a little surf shop in Dingle town if you’re looking to chat up the locals.

The Ring of Dingle (this is just a road) will take you all around the peninsula and it wouldn’t take more than a couple hours, the area is quite small. There are some sites to see along the road too, we stopped at some potato famine era cottages.

Peasant Cottage

Peasant cottage and adjacent barn

Take note, in the first barn window on the left. There is a figure standing in the opening, and yes, it is a creepy mannequin. There were several incredibly lifelike and extremely creepy looking mannequins throughout the cottage. One looked exactly like Chuckie.

Aside from the creepy factor being off the charts, the cottages were a sad reminder of the poverty and hardships people endured. Over 1 million people died during the famine, and another 1 million emigrated.

After taking in the scenes we checked into my favorite B&B of the trip, Archway Lodge. The owner was so friendly, and it was the only placed that served us black pudding with our Irish fry in the morning. Two thumbs up!

Thank you for following along on my Irish adventure. I hope ya’ll get the chance to go sometime too. If you have any questions about the trip, just leave it in the comment section!

– Erin