Buttermilk-Beet Sherbet with Hazelnut Brittle

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Buttermilk-Beet Sherbet with Hazelnut Brittle Recipe

Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Claire Spollen

If carrots can go into cake, there's no reason beets can't make their way into ice cream. It's a stunning dessert--absurdly delicious with a gorgeous magenta hue.

Serves 6 (serving size: 1/2 cup sherbet and 2 tablespoons hazelnut mixture)


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8 ounces red beets, washed and trimmed
1 cup whole buttermilk
1 cup sugar, divided
1/2 cup half-and-half
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
3/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
Cooking spray
1/4 cup coarsely chopped toasted hazelnuts
1/2 teaspoon canola oil


Hands-on: 15 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes

1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Wrap beets in foil. Bake at 375° for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until tender. Remove beets from oven; remove foil. Cool.

3. Remove skin from cooled beets; cut beets in half. Combine beets, buttermilk, 1/2 cup sugar, half-and-half, juice, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a blender. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean into blender; discard pod. Process mixture 2 minutes or until smooth. Pour into the freezer can of an ice-cream freezer; freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to an airtight container; freeze.

4. Coat a jelly-roll pan with cooking spray. Place remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly with a silicone spatula. Cook 5 minutes or until sugar is completely melted and an amber color, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; immediately stir in nuts and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spread on prepared pan; cool 7 minutes. Break brittle into pieces; combine with oil in a food processor. Pulse until mixture is coarsely ground. Sprinkle hazelnut mixture evenly over sherbet.

Created date

September 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 234
Fat 7.1 g
Satfat 2.5 g
Monofat 3.5 g
Polyfat 0.7 g
Protein 3 g
Carbohydrate 41 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 12 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 201 mg
Calcium 80 mg