Winter rhubarb ice cream

Winter rhubarb ice cream

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From
A Year In My Kitchen
Serves
10

Winter rhubarb is my favourite kind. Its beautiful, pale colour and bitter, limey yellow leaves are lovely to behold. Cooked gently in a little verjuice or water with a spoonful or two of sugar and a vanilla pod, the tender, pink stalks taste wonderful. They also makes a delicious ice cream.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient

Ice cream base

Quantity Ingredient
450ml double cream
150ml whole milk
1 vanilla pod, split lengthways
6 organic free-range egg yolks
120g caster sugar

Rhubarb flavouring

Quantity Ingredient
1kg rhubarb
1 vanilla pod, split lengthways
180g caster sugar
250ml verjuice or water

Method

  1. Start by making the custard base for the ice cream, following the method in the dessert toolbox. Set aside to cool.
  2. Wash and trim the rhubarb, then cut into 5cm chunks. Place in a saucepan with the vanilla pod, sugar and verjuice or water. Place over a medium-low heat and stir gently, just to start the rhubarb off. Bring to a simmer, then turn down the heat and cook very gently for 10 minutes or so, stirring occasionally. The rhubarb should be soft, but not completely falling apart.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the rhubarb to a bowl. Turn the heat up under the pan and let the liquor bubble until reduced by half. (Rhubarb gives off a lot of liquid during cooking – reducing it down intensifies the flavour.) The reduced liquor should be sharp and sweet at the same time. Pour it over the rhubarb and allow to cool.
  4. Once the custard ice cream base has cooled completely, pour it into your ice-cream maker and churn until thickened. Just before the ice cream sets, pour in the cool rhubarb and churn for a further 10 minutes before serving.
  5. The ice cream will be soft and the colour will be the most beautiful pale, icy winter pink. Spoon into chilled bowls and serve just as it is… to fully appreciate its wonderful flavour.
Tags:
seasonal
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