Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Beet ice cream

beet ice cream
beet ice cream
beet ice cream

I told you my beet obsession was taking me here.. to beet ice cream. And if you love beets, you can go there too. Even if you hate beets, you have to admit there is something mesmerizing about the color. Its like a natural fuschia.. which is probably where half of the obsession comes from.
Anyway... the ice cream was good.. but a little disappointing. It had a REALLY strong orange flavor which in my opinion, doesn't pair well at all with beets. Next time I'll use lemon zest AND maybe a bit more beet puree.. it was lacking in a strong beet flavor. Overall though, it was a good and gorgeous!

The recipe is from Jeni's splendid ice creams at home, which is the best ice cream book out there!

2 cups milk
4 tsp. cornstarch
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
2/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp. light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
Peel of 1 orange
3 tbsp. mascarpone cheese, softened
1/2 cup puréed roasted beets**
2 tbsp. poppy seeds

1. In a bowl, stir together 1/4 cup milk and the cornstarch; set slurry aside. In a 4-qt. saucepan, whisk together remaining milk and the cream, sugar, syrup, and salt; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add orange peel. Cook for 4 minutes; stir in slurry. Return to a boil and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 2 minutes.

2. Place mascarpone cheese in a bowl and pour in 1/4 cup hot milk mixture; whisk until smooth. Then whisk in remaining milk mixture; stir in beets. Pour mixture into a plastic bag; seal, and submerge in a bowl of ice water until chilled.

3. Remove orange peel. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker; process according to manufacturer's instructions, adding poppy seeds during the last minute of churning. Transfer ice cream to a storage container and freeze until set.

**to make pureed roasted beets: roast 2-3 medium beets in the oven on 450 until soft. peel and blend the beets in a food processor. strain through a fine mesh sieve to get a smooth puree.


  1. This looks amazingly delicious. I will definitely have to try this once our beet population explodes in the next couple of weeks

  2. Seriously, I might go out and buy an I've cream maker because of this. The color is so pretty.... I read in one of my favorite Brooks (the flavor bible) about a chef doing a ceviche with beet/lime sorbet as the platform for the scallops (i think it was scallops). Anyway, I was thinking lime might be a cool subsitute for orange if you were going to try the recipe again.

  3. target had an ice cream maker on clearance last year and i thought "if i buy this i will never use it" and i've been kicking myself ever since. i have so many ice cream recipes i want to try. so frustrating.
    btw, i love the first pic! such a good color for a frozen treat.

  4. That ice-cream looks so pretty it would almost be a shame to eat it! I've never actually attempted to make ice-cream mainly because I know I wouldn't have the willpower not to eat it all in the first sitting (if it was at all edible at least :) PS: Just after stumbling upon your blog and already love it :)

  5. These look really intresting... in a good way of course. =)
    I love all the colors!

  6. The color is fantastic. I've been making my daughter roasted and pureed beet baby food and I love the color (until it's down her shirt).


  7. Wow. The colour of that alone is going to force me to finally actually make my own ice cream!

  8. I just bought an ice cream maker this weekend and I am so inspired after seeing this post!


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