Beets. It's what's for dessert. Wait, what? Yes, you heard me correctly. I said beets. For dessert.
Not only did I use beets in a dessert, but created one of the most amazing batches of ice cream ever. It sounds shocking to many, I'm sure, but the rich, earthy taste of beets –which, by the way, are extremely sweet – paired with fresh ginger and orange zest are the perfect ice cream combination.
I won't even get started on the fabulousness of it's bright fuchsia color.
There's one catch, however. In my opinion, this frozen treat is best served as an accompaniment than as a full bowl. Of course, if you are a beet fanatic, then have at it, but really a little goes a long way.
For a truly perfect dish, pair your beet ice cream with a slice of a dark chocolate torte or a decadent pot de crème au chocolat.
Beet & Ginger Ice Cream
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups whole cream
- 10 egg yolks
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 medium sized beets
- 1-inch of peeled, chopped ginger
- 3 tbs. fresh orange zest
Start by peeling and chopping beets.
On the stovetop, cook beets, ginger and 1 tbs. of zest with milk and cream. Add sugar and cook only until dissolved. You don't want to boil.
While this heats up, beat egg yolks briskly. Add to beet-milk mixture once the sugar has dissolved.
Heat until the mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 165 degrees F.
Pour through a strainer into a bowl, siting in an ice bath and let cool in the refrigerator.
Take your leftover beets and ginger and pulse in a blender until you've got a fine pulp. Cool those in a separate bowl in the fridge as well.
After ingredients are well-cooled (it's a good idea to let them both cool at least 4-8 hours), place in your ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer's directions.
At the end of churning, add in the remaining orange zest.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
Twinkle VanWinkle has over 20 years of professional cooking under her apron strings, feeding thousands of friends, family and other folks. She baked apple pies for the "Oprah Winfrey Show" and has appeared on Food Network's "The Best Of..." Along with producing dynamic lifestyle content for LIN Media, she is a mother, urban gardener, chef, musician and social media fanatic.
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