Epic Apple Pie-Buttermilk Shake

Epic. It's my new favorite word. I can't stop saying it. And I'm sure everyone around me can't stand hearing it. It's just stuck in my head and currently living on the edge of my tongue.

I used the word WAY too many times yesterday. Once, when describing the epic "blackberry honey-hole" I found during my walk around the meadow. Then again when I mentioned the epic nachos I was making for dinner. And yet another time when I said I needed to go on this epic diet, after I ate the epic nachos and this epic shake. Oy. I guess I need a new word. I think it's going to be pariah. Don't ask me why.

So here's one of the reasons this shake is epic. First of all, when I buy buttermilk, I always buy the Bulgarian version. You see, buttermilk in its natural state is low-fat. It's the thin liquid left over after you churn butter from cream. Commercially-made buttermilk is created by adding bacteria cultures to milk, then heating the mixture to give it that tart, slightly fermented taste.

BUT, the Bulgarian version is a type of cultured buttermilk in which cream cultures are supplemented or replaced by yogurt cultures and fermented at higher temperatures for higher acidity. It can be more tart and thicker than cultured buttermilk. This is why it's epic. It's the only buttermilk I ever buy. And it is thicker and yummier and makes everything taste great. I hope you have it at your market. And I wish I knew why this process makes it "Bulgarian". Anyone?

I also used Apple Pie Spice, which is just an awesome little thing to have around for convenience. It gets used a lot this time of year.

Reason number three this shake is epic...I used real apple, sauteed in butter, sugar and cinnamon. It gave the shake a very authentic apple pie taste. Let's face it, this shake is dinner party worthy. So, if you are bad at making pie crust, just whip this up instead. Trust me, no one will mind.

Serve the shakes in mason jars. Don't forget the cute straws!

If you want to save some calories, you could serve these sans the whipped cream...

But why would you?

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Epic Apple Pie-Buttermilk Shake

Recipe from: Created by Noble Pig | Serves: Makes two (8 oz) shakes


  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored and thinly sliced (I used Honeycrisp)
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups premium vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup Bulgarian buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons apple pie spice, more for garnish
  • whipped cream


  • In a large nonstick pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add apples, sugar and cinnamon. Saute until very soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool to room temperature.
  • Once apples are cooled, add them to blender with ice cream, buttermilk and apple pie spice. Blend until fully combined. Serve in chilled cups topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with more apple pie spice.

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11 Comments and 9 Replies

  1. Karly 1

    I have a sudden urge to go check every grocery store around for Bulgarian buttermilk! Sounds amazing.

    Love your milkshake!

  2. I have never heard of Bulgarian buttermilk! You have totally sold me, I must get my hands on some so I can try this shake.

  3. I love epic. I was on an epic kick for a while, had to wean myself from it… ;)

    and this??? oooh YUM, just when I thought I had seen everything with an apple. Mmm I want!!

  4. I have to find some of that buttermilk. I really have had no idea how buttermilk is made at all. Thanks for the info. And by the way, that polka dot spatula is incredibly epic.

    • Cathy 7

      It shouldn’t be hard to find, it has always been at the grocery store I have shopped at both here and in California.

  5. Mmmm so yummy looking!

  6. Meghan 10

    I must get my hands on that buttermilk! This shake looks incredible!

  7. I purchase LOTS of Bulgarian yogurt, but (like Lea Ann) have never seen the buttermilk. Have to keep an eye out.
    The shake looks incredible.

    • Cathy 12

      Funny, I have never seen the Bulgarian yogurt, now I am going to have to look for that. I’m sure it’s good.

  8. I’ve never heard of Bulgarian buttermilk, but will now keep my eyes open for it, thanks for the tip! And this shake looks awesome. Epic, in fact!

  9. Becky 15

    oh wow!! Cathy, this looks amazing. I’m a sucker for milkshakes though I try not to have them as much as I’d like :) This one would be very hard to turn down. Probably impossible to turn down!!

  10. Holy epic shake. Wait…. :) I’m so making this. Soon. Maybe this afternoon. Do you think yogurt (the runnier… is that a word?… version) would work in place of the buttermilk if the Bulgarian version isn’t available?

  11. Gail 20

    I was thinking of making “adult” shakes by adding a splash of spiced rum perhaps? Has anyone tried something like this?


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