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Peach and Buttermilk Sherbet


This dessert celebrates summer's just-ripening crop of stone fruits.

  • Yield: Makes about 1 quart
Peach and Buttermilk Sherbet

Photography: Con Poulos

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2007


  • 4 large ripe yellow peaches (about 1 3/4 pounds), pitted and quartered
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup whole milk


  1. Bring peaches and sugar to a gentle simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until peaches are soft, about 20 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes. Puree peaches and their syrup in a food processor. Pass through a medium sieve into a bowl; discard solids.

  2. Whisk together corn syrup, lemon juice, and salt, and pour into peach puree. Whisk in buttermilk and milk. Cover, and refrigerate 30 minutes.

  3. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions, until thick and creamy, 35 to 45 minutes. Transfer to an airtight container.

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  • inekemoss
    17 AUG, 2012
    This was fantastic! I love the tangy flavor of buttermilk ice cream, and it went perfectly with my sweet summer peaches. I used 1 cup of heavy cream instead of the milk, since I had some cream to get rid of, and I think I'd do that again next time. Nothing wrong with a bit of extra creaminess in a sherbet, I think. :)