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Nectarine-Ginger Buttermilk Ice Cream


Buttermilk is a useful low-fat staple; it gives this ice cream a creamy, tangy taste.

  • Yield: Makes 7 cups

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 1995


  • 4 large, ripe nectarines (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 large lemons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 cup half-and-half


  1. Quarter nectarines; remove and discard pits, but do not peel. Place in a food processor and puree until smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer to a medium bowl, and add sugar, corn syrup, lemon juice, and ginger. Whisk to combine, cover, and let stand for 1 hour.

  2. Pass nectarine mixture through a fine strainer into a medium bowl, discarding solids. Add buttermilk and half-and-half, and whisk to combine. Transfer to an ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. If necessary, do this in two batches, keeping remainder of ice cream refrigerated while the first batch is freezing.

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