Buttermilk Strawberry Sherbet

Buttermilk Strawberry Sherbet Recipe - bakedbyrachel.com

Nothing prepares you for sick kids. Nothing. I thought last week was bad enough when one child after another came down with pink eye. Our oldest got better quickly, only for it to spread like a wild fire. Problem is, the weekend came and we had bigger issues. The medicine wasn’t working for our youngest daughter. In fact, it was getting worse. Who spent over three hours with a 3 1/2 year old in the emergency room for a late Saturday night party? This girl. We didn’t want to be there but I’m glad we went. As it turns out, she somehow got a skin infection on top of already having pink eye so the eye drops prescribed weren’t working. A shot plus new meds and she’s on the mend. Thankfully! It’s so upsetting when your kids are sick and you do everything you possibly can to help them but that’s still not always enough.

But can we please discuss the time in the emergency room? Is it standard practice for every visit to last a minimum of three hours? I swear that’s what we always put up with. It seems unnecessary. So many people walking past our room and we just kept sitting and waiting. The most bizarre part of it all is that by the end of it all, it was four and a half hours beyond her bedtime and she was wide awake and having fun. Peculiar but at least she was happy and fun to be with…especially considering the situation and all. It could have been far worse…

Fingers crossed tightly we never have to go through this again.

Buttermilk Strawberry Sherbet Recipe - bakedbyrachel.com

As for this sherbet. Hello strawberry deliciousness. It’s quick, easy and tasty. I’m a huge fan of fruity desserts and pretty much adore strawberries, especially fresh giant and juicy strawberries. They’re the best kind. Blend everything together, chill and then churn to create the ultimate strawberry buttermilk sherbet. The flavors are perfect and refreshing. And be sure to add chocolate jimmies… or sprinkles! Do you call all varieties sprinkles or are you a sprinkle/jimmie mix? I grew up calling chocolate ones jimmies and everything else sprinkles. But I guess they’re really all still sprinkles when it comes down to it. Who cares what you call them, the world needs more of them. BTW the cone is pretty much essential too, so don’t forget that part.

Buttermilk Strawberry Sherbet Recipe - bakedbyrachel.com

Buttermilk Strawberry Sherbet

Sweet homemade buttermilk sherbet, requiring only four simple ingredients.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time1 day
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ice cream
Servings: 6


  • 2 C strawberries hulled and chopped
  • 1/2 C honey
  • 1 1/2 C buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice


  • Combine all ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth. Strain if desired. Transfer to a covered container, chill at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Add to the bowl of an ice-cream maker. Churn according to manufacturer's directions. Transfer to a freezer safe container. Freeze until nearly solid. If scooping at a later time, remove 15 minutes prior to scooping. Use a warm ice cream scoop or spoon to remove sherbet.


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40 Responses to “Buttermilk Strawberry Sherbet”

  1. #
    Tracey — April 15, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Ugh, the ER is the worst! I remember going as a kid and being there for hours and hours and hours… Hope everyone is on the mend now :) I love this sorbet and it just so happens I have some strawberries in my fridge just begging to be used!

    • #
      Rachel — April 15, 2013 at 8:22 am

      Fingers crossed everyone seems to be doing great or at least definitely on the mend – finally!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — April 15, 2013 at 8:26 am

    I have GOT to start using my Blendtec for more than smoothies. This looks so good!!

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      Rachel — April 15, 2013 at 9:13 am

      You really should! Next best thing is margaritas of course, but I guess that’ll have to wait a bit huh? :)

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    Dianna — April 15, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I’m sorry to hear that your little sweetie had a rough weekend! We don’t have any kiddos yet but my pup has been doing a great job of preparing us for the trials & tribulations of parenthood. He had pink eye last week, followed by what seems to be a doggy cold now {complete with faucet-like runny nose}, and last night woke us up at 3:30am, and finally 5:30am getting sick to his stomach. :/ Poor dog… and poor us. On a happier note, I have made a version of this sherbet {and used the same font & everything on my pic, great minds!! ;) } and it is so simple & delish. Glad your little one is on the mend & hope this week is smooth sailing!

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      Rachel — April 15, 2013 at 9:13 am

      Oh that sounds equally as frustrating and hard to deal with! Hope your pup is on the mend.

  4. #
    Christina — April 15, 2013 at 9:20 am

    So sorry- wrong post! But I can’t wait to make this sorbet come summer!

  5. #
    Gerry @ foodness gracious — April 15, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Love these! Great color and they sound so good!!

  6. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — April 15, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Mmmm, I love sherbets because of how simple they are! 4 ingredients and done! Hope everyone is feeling better this week!

  7. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — April 15, 2013 at 9:39 am

    This is gorgeous…I could eat it all day. I hope everyone in your house is on the mend!

  8. #
    Terri C — April 15, 2013 at 10:25 am

    That’s the worst! Hope she is much better by now. This looks wonderful !

  9. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — April 15, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Hope everyone is on the up and up by now! This sherbet looks SO good – love that color! :)

  10. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — April 15, 2013 at 11:51 am

    This sherbet looks amazing and has my mouth salivating.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 15, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Awww, poor girl. Hope she is doing better now! This beautiful sherbert looks like it could cure all ails though! :) Thanks for sharing, Rachel.

  12. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — April 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I’m two seconds away from buying up every strawberry at the store and making a freezer full of this.

  13. #
    Rachel @ Bakerita — April 15, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I love how easy this is, and of course how delicious it looks! I’m sure the buttermilk and strawberries play together extremely well too. Pinned!

  14. #
    katie — April 15, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    sorry to read your kiddo wasn’t feeling well. Hope all is better now. This sherbet should get you and the kids back into a better mood!

  15. #
    Caroline — April 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Having to go to the ER stinks! Especially when it’s for our kids. I”m so glad she’s doing well now! This sherbet is so pretty! Your photos are wonderful. I”m thrilled that this is so easy to make! I just bought some strawberries this morning…guess where they’re headed! Thanks so much!

  16. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — April 15, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I am sorry your little girl was sick. Although I never had pink eye, my mom did have to deal with a repeat case of lice. It was a nightmare. These sherbet looks so refreshing and would make anybody happy.

  17. #
    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — April 15, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Wow, I want some of this Sherbet right now, looks delicious especially with the chocolate sprinkles. I hope your little ones feel better soon!

    • #
      Rachel — April 16, 2013 at 7:20 am

      Thank you! And yes, especially with sprinkles :)

  18. #
    Dina — April 15, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    sounds like such a lovely recipe! i love buttermilk and strawberries!

  19. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — April 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    how did you know strawberry and sherbet were my ultimate favs? Seriously, everytime we go into the ice cream aisle, i typically reach for the Haagen Daaz strawberry sherbet. And also, I say “sherbet” in a really weird way. I say it “sherbert” haha

  20. #
    ashley - baker by nature — April 15, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Pink eye is just the worst :( Pink eye with a skin infection on top? Down right terrible. Hope she’s healing up and feeling better right away!

    This sherbet is just lovely!

    • #
      Rachel — April 16, 2013 at 7:19 am

      Thanks so much. She’s doing so much better with new medicine!

  21. #
    Stephanie Holland — April 16, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I love to make strawberry shakes in my blender.

  22. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — April 16, 2013 at 11:41 am

    oh these are beautiful! And they sounds so refreshing! Definitely going to have to try this out this summer! Sorry your kiddos had pink eye, there is nothing worse than sick kids. Oddly enough, my hubs and I both got pink eye within the last week, and so far my kids have managed to escape it..knock on wood that sticks! Glad your little one is feeling better!

  23. #
    Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen — April 16, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Your poor daughter, hope she’s feeling better now. Your strawberry sherbet looks totally delicious and your photos are gorgeous!

  24. #
    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — April 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    so yes, I bleieve that ER visits are a 3hr minimum. totally sucks.

    How have I not make sherbet before?!?! And I have a ton of strawberries at home too!!!

  25. #
    Paula — April 16, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Glad to hear that your little one is one the mend but sorry that it took so long in the ER to get her treated. Really a tough place to try and amuse little ones for hours. I hope she’s feeling well enough now to eat up some of this lovely looking sherbert.

  26. #
    Barbara — April 16, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Hi there, I am all new on making icecreams/sherberts etc. and was just wondering if honey HAS to be used for this recipe, or can we substitute a granulated sugar like Splenda? Thank you!

    • #
      Rachel — April 16, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      Typically you can substitute honey and granulated sugar, so it’s worth a shot! I have no experience in using Splenda however so I do not have advice for you if you were to go that route.

  27. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — April 16, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I hate the emergency room, glad you were able to figure out what is wrong though. This sherbert looks so creamy and gorgeous – would love some right now!

  28. #
    Amy J — April 17, 2013 at 1:07 am

    This recipe sounds so yummy! Once our spring weather gets here (MN) I can’t wait to make it with the kiddos. We love anything with Strawberries, and this sounds refreshing!

  29. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — April 17, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Oh my, I love this recipe :) so simple and it looks like it tastes lovely!

  30. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — April 17, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I saw your instagram photos re: the ER…poor thing!!

    on another note, this is gorgeous…I love buttermilk and have yet to use it in ice cream!

  31. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — April 18, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Love the chocolate sprinkles/jimmies on top. Absolutely essential. And Im so glad your kiddos are on the mend. I hope it doesnt spread any further! I love easy ice creams like this. Now if only summer would come!

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — April 18, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    So sorry to hear about your ER visit but glad your kiddos are all on the mend! This sherbet looks SO good, especially with those jimmies! And yes, if they’re chocolate, they’re jimmies, otherwise, they’re sprinkles. That reminds me – I should’ve paid a visit to Bubbling Brook while I was in Dedham/Westwood a couple weeks ago! =)

  33. #
    Tieghan — April 19, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    YUM YUM YUM! These look so good. I love your photos!

  34. #
    Cuffy — July 30, 2013 at 6:45 am

    This looks amazing. my preference is for the tiny ultra sweet red in the center strawberries. maybe because of where I live, the bigger the berry the more apt to be white and dry inside. I. can’t wait to try this!

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