Strawberry-Rooibos Buttermilk Ice Cream

What are you making with farmers market strawberries this summer? I’m making ice cream!

strawberry-rooibos ice cream

Of course, I’m infusing my ice cream with rooibos for a tea foodie twist. In this case, I’m using a powdered rooibos. It’s ground fine like matcha green tea powder and can be used a lot like matcha for lattes, baking, seasoning and, in this case, ice cream. If you can’t find a powdered rooibos, you can make a fine grind with loose leaf rooibos and achieve a similar effect.

In this recipe, the bittersweet-ness of the powdered rooibos pairs well with the sour tang of buttermilk and the sugary sweet strawberries. It’s a perfectly refreshing summer tea-infused treat.

Happy cooking and sipping!

Strawberry-Rooibos Buttermilk Ice Cream

Adapted by Suzanne Klein, Tea Foodie from the Strawberry Buttermilk Ice Cream recipe on the food blog Stresscake, which was adapted from David Leibovitz’s must-have cookbook, The Perfect Scoop.

Makes 1 quart


1 lb. strawberries, hulled and sliced

1 cup sugar, divided

1 tablespoon red rooibos tea powder (or fine ground loose leaf red rooibos tea)

1 cup heavy whipping cream

6 egg yolks

1 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Stir ½ cup sugar into sliced strawberries and allow to sit for 30 minutes. Sugar will start to dissolve and strawberries will release their liquid.

strawberries and sugar

2. Whisk egg yolks together until smooth in a medium bowl. Set aside.

3. Whisk cream and remaining ½ cup sugar together in a small saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until sugar is dissolved and mixture just barely boils.

4. Remove cream and sugar mixture from heat and whisk just a bit of it into the egg yolks to temper. (This warms the eggs so they don’t cook in the hot cream.) Slowly whisk in the remaining cream into the egg yolks.

5. Pour the cream and egg yolk mixture back into the saucepan and return it to medium heat. Stirring constantly, cook until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. If the mixture is clumpy, strain it into a separate bowl. (This way you’ll have a smoother texture for your final ice cream.)

6. In a blender, combine the sugar-marinated strawberries and rooibos powder. Blend until smooth. Fold strawberry puree into cream mixture and refrigerate until well chilled.

strawberries blended with rooibos

7. Stir buttermilk and vanilla into chilled strawberry-cream mixture and process in an ice cream maker according the manufacturer’s directions, then freeze.

8. Serve in adorable little tea cups and enjoy!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Shut the front door! I just made David Leibovitz’s Strawberry Sorbet and am already planning a Spirited Bites adaptation…I guess it’s true what they say about great minds! This sounds fantastic and is now on my “to-make” list.

    1. Tea Foodie [by Zanitea] says:

      Steph – I will give you some rooibos powder to play around with. Agree, great minds do think alike!

  2. Adele says:

    I am a big ice cream maker myself, but since I started making strawberry this summer, I haven’t stopped that flavor. I just love it! Rooibos and buttermilk sound awesome, too!

    1. Tea Foodie [by Zanitea] says:

      Thanks for the comment, Adele! I’m not a huge fan of strawberry ice cream normally, but I love the tangy-ness of this one. I need strawberry flavor with something else interesting paired with it.

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