The first ice cream I made was custard-based, and I wanted to try the other style...and I needed to rescue the rhubard that had been dying in my fridge for a few weeks. So, rhubarb ice cream it was!
Philadelphia-style ice cream is lighter and fluffier than custard creams, and the fruit flavor came forward nicely without all the richness of egg yolks.
This was so good, in fact, that I made two batches! The second one was devoured at camp this morning.
4 stalks rhubarb, about 1 1/4 lbs
1 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Trim the ends & peel the rhubarb stalks, then chop them into 1/2″ pieces.
- Place the pieces in a saucepan with the sugar & water and boil on high heat for about 10-15 minutes, or until the fruit is broken down.
- Remove the rhubarb & its liquid from the saucepan and puree in a food processor until smooth. Strain if needed (taste to see if it's stringy). Place the pureed rhubarb in the refrigerator to cool for at least 2 hours.
- Add the cream and vanilla to the rhubarb puree & churn in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions.