Red Velvet Beet Ice Cream

August 25, 2012
4 Ratings
  • Makes 1 quart
Author Notes

While this ice cream is a deep red, the beet flavor is subtle--most people won't notice it unless it's pointed out. However, along with the buttermilk, they add a subtle, almost fruity counterpoint to the cocoa and vanilla that makes the ice cream especially appealing. They’re also much preferable in my mind to the bottle of food coloring typically used to color a red velvet cake. This recipe was partially inspired by the recipe at I previously posted this recipe at —Heights Eats

What You'll Need
  • 1/3 cup pureed cooked beets (boiled in water just to cover or roasted)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  1. Combine 2 TB whole milk with the cornstarch in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Mix together cream cheese and salt in a metal bowl.
  3. Heat cream, remaining milk, sugar, corn syrup and cocoa powder until boiling. Boil for four minutes
  4. Remove from heat and add cornstarch mixture. Return to the boil for one minute, until thickened slightly.
  5. Gradually add cooked mixture to bowl with cream cheese and whisk until combined.
  6. Mix in beets, buttermilk, vanilla and vinegar.
  7. Chill and churn in ice cream maker.
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