Buttermilk Pancake Ice Cream

Buttermilk Pancake Ice Cream // take a megabite

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.

Buttermilk Pancake Ice Cream // take a megabite

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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22 thoughts on “Buttermilk Pancake Ice Cream”

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

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