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Rhubarb Ice Cream with Honey-Scented Strawberries and Whipped Cream


Make your own ice cream bursting with the sweet flavors of spring with this recipe from Bi-Rite Creamery co-owner Anne Walker.

  • Yield: Makes 1 quart ice cream; serves 4 to 6

Photography: Rob Tannenbaum

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 7132


  • 4 cups chopped rhubarb
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Honey-Scented Strawberries
  • Whipped Cream


  1. Place rhubarb, sugar, 2 tablespoons water, and lemon juice in a large saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until rhubarb is very soft and most of the liquid has evaporated. Transfer to the jar of a blender and carefully blend until smooth. Transfer rhubarb puree to refrigerator until chilled.

  2. In a medium heatproof bowl, whisk eggs just to combine; set aside.

  3. In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, mix together cream, milk, honey, and salt. Place over medium-high heat and cook until mixture barely begins to simmer; reduce heat to medium.

  4. Slowly whisk in 1/2 cup cream mixture into eggs. Repeat process with another 1/2 cup cream. Slowly stir egg mixture into saucepan with cream using a heatproof spatula. Cook, stirring constantly until mixture is thickened and coats the back of a spoon, about 1 to 2 minutes.

  5. Strain custard through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl set in an ice-water bath. Using a clean spatula, stir custard occasionally until cooled. Cover and transfer to refrigerator until chilled, at least 2 hours and up to overnight.

  6. Whisk 1 1/2 cups rhubarb puree into chilled custard. Transfer custard to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. Meanwhile, place a 1 quart container in the freezer and freeze until ice cream is ready. Transfer ice cream to chilled container and stir in remaining 1/2 cup rhubarb puree. Serve ice cream immediately with honey-scented strawberries and whipped cream or for firmer ice cream, transfer to freezer for at least 4 hours and up to 3 days.

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