Buttermilk Pancake Ice Cream

by Megan on November 21, 2013

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You’re the tops! You are the pumpkin marshmallows in my hot cocoa. You’re the gruyere on my Cuban sandwich. You’re the beer with my burger, the prosciutto on my pizza, the jam on my toast. The moral of the story is that you’re the pancakes on my ice cream sundae, ya know?

P.S. That lovely cup is from Scout, one of my favorite shops! I kinda want to collect all the purple-y pink iridescent goodness.

Buttermilk Pancake Ice Cream // take a megabite

At first I was all, “I want to serve this with SYRUP ON TOP too!” And then I tasted it and was all, “It doesn’t even NEED it!”

So this is ice cream is totally dreamy, you guys. It’s a touch tart from the buttermilk and a lot maple-y from the syrup and plenty pancake-y from the crispies. It’s so tasty that it has me makin’ up words and stuff! That’s how you know I love it.

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Buttermilk Pancake Ice Cream (makes scant a quart)
Recipe adapted from Jeni AKA my BFF


  • 1 1/4 cups real maple syrup
  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 T + 1 t cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 oz (3 T) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 t fine sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 2 T light corn syrup
  • pancake crispies (recipe below)


  1. Mix about 2 tablespoons of the milk with the cornstarch in a small bowl. Stir together to make a smooth slurry. Whisk the cream cheese and salt in a medium bowl until smooth. In a measuring cup with a spout mix together the heavy cream and corn syrup. Measure out the remaining whole milk and buttermilk, and set aside.
  2. Place the maple syrup in a 4-quart saucepan over medium high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue boiling for 8 minutes or until reduced by about half and has begun to darken around the edges. Remove from heat and while stirring constantly, slowly add the cream and corn syrup mixture. Whisk in remaining milk and buttermilk.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat and cook for 4 minutes. (The mixture may appear curdled from the acidity in the maple syrup, but it will come back together.) Remove from heat and whisk in the cornstarch slurry. Bring back to a boil and cook until slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
  4. Pour over the cream cheese mixture and whisk until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 4 hours or until cool throughout.
  5. Churn according to your ice cream maker’s manufacturer’s instructions. Layer with generous handfuls of the pancake crispies in an airtight container. Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface and freeze for at least 4 hours. Serve with mini pancakes!

Pancake Crispies (and minis)
Recipe from Betty Crocker via this post


  • half of a beaten egg
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 t sugar
  • 1 T vegetable oil
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt


  • squeeze bottle


  1. In a small bowl whisk the egg. Pour half into a medium bowl. Whisk in remaining ingredients just until smooth. Transfer batter to a squeeze bottle.
  2. Heat skillet over medium heat until a few drops of water sizzle. Spray skillet with cooking spray as you need it. Squeeze pancake batter out onto the hot pan in squiggly lines and cook until crispy. Transfer to a plate and and pop in the freezer. Make a few mini pancakes, while you’re at it! Flip when bubbly on top.
  3. Crumble up pancake crispies for layering in the ice cream. Skewer minis for serving.

Yay! Click HERE for a printable pdf of the recipes above.

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Averie @ Averie Cooks November 21, 2013 at 12:10 am

Omg you are so creative! I can only imagine how addicting this stuff is! Pinned!


Erika November 21, 2013 at 9:37 am

MEGAN!!! This is EVERYTHING… So basically I can eat ice cream for breakfast and it’s totes ok..


cindy November 21, 2013 at 10:03 am

So, I’m just thinking this would be amazing with a shot of espresso poured over the top…pancake breakfast with coffee! I am smitten with that glass and those crispies!


Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) November 21, 2013 at 10:49 am

When I saw this on IG, I couldn’t wait for the post! Seriously, the fact that you made this makes me so, so happy. Dreamiest ice cream ever.


Nicole November 21, 2013 at 10:54 am

WHOA! Pancake crispies are a total game changer! I’d like this for breakfast, or a snack, or any time!


Amy | Club Narwhal November 21, 2013 at 11:06 am

Swoooooooon!! I have found true love and I’m not sorry. This looks like the absolute bees knees! I just need to work up my courage to make ice cream since you are such an inspiration 🙂


Billy November 21, 2013 at 4:33 pm

AAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! RAMONA EYES FOREVER FOR THIS. Seriously this looks like my new favorite ice cream but I would totally not be ashamed of some melted peanut butter on top because I shameless slather my cakes in it sometimes.


Sarah November 21, 2013 at 9:06 pm

THE TINY PANCAKE STACK!! What are you DOING to me? I may love you.


Joanne November 21, 2013 at 9:07 pm

I’m just going to replace my breakfast with this from now on. Totally reasonable.


Nikkilooch November 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm

I wish we were neighbors so I could crash your pancake ice cream party! Looks so, so good.


Laura Dembowski November 23, 2013 at 9:46 am

I have a serious ice cream craving now! And this is totally breakfast appropriate, right?


Kailley @ Kailley's Kitchen November 24, 2013 at 12:45 am

Brilliant idea! So excited to give this a try in my ice cream maker!


Ambar November 24, 2013 at 1:29 pm

I can’t seriously believe this is even possible! Pancakes and ice cream!? Yes please! 🙂


Abbie @ Needs Salt November 25, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Dude. This is like so freaking cute. I can’t stand it.
This is also one of the many reasons why I wish I had an ice cream maker.


Jessica S. @Floptimism December 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm

This is definitely going on my “must try” ice cream flavor list! I also shared your post on my blog’s Weekend Wrap-Up, and have included the link below in case you’re interested. Thank you for what looks like an outstanding recipe, and I hope you had a great holiday weekend!



Ice Cream Magic December 9, 2013 at 11:40 am

Making ice cream with pancakes seems like it might make for a good summer breakfast treat. Thanks for posting.


Charles @ The Local Forkful January 25, 2014 at 12:27 pm

consider me slayed! I want that in the worst way and I agree with Cindy!…espresso, please!


Somerset Wedding Girl February 11, 2015 at 8:56 am

Those mini pancakes are so cute, this really is an upgraded dessert!


Alanna Rose May 11, 2016 at 9:10 pm

This has been an inspiration to me! I am going to be making this tomorrow! Please check out my blog for my post on this ice cream base.


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