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Strawberry-Rhubarb Ice Cream

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
Yield 10 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)
Make a nonalcoholic version of this grown-up strawberry-rhubarb ice cream by substituting cranberry juice cocktail for the wine.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups chopped fresh rhubarb
  • 1/3 cup fruity red wine (such as merlot)
  • 3 cups chopped fresh strawberries (about 1 pound)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 173
  • fat 5.6 g
  • satfat 2.9 g
  • monofat 1.7 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 3.8 g
  • carbohydrate 28.2 g
  • fiber 1.3 g
  • cholesterol 74 mg
  • iron 0.4 mg
  • sodium 36 mg
  • calcium 123 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine milk and half-and-half in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Heat milk mixture to 180° or until tiny bubbles form around edge (do not boil). Combine 1/2 cup sugar and egg yolks in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk until pale yellow. Gradually add half of hot milk mixture to egg yolk mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Pour the egg yolk mixture into pan with remaining milk mixture; cook over medium-low heat until a thermometer registers 160° (about 2 minutes), stirring constantly. Place pan in a large ice-filled bowl for 20 minutes or until custard cools completely, stirring occasionally.

  2. Combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar, rhubarb, and wine in a saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 8 minutes or until rhubarb is tender and liquid is syrupy. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes. Combine rhubarb mixture and strawberries in a blender; process until smooth. Strain mixture through a sieve over a bowl, pressing with a wooden spoon; discard solids. Stir rhubarb mixture into custard mixture.

  3. Pour custard into the freezer can of an ice-cream freezer; freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. Drain ice water from freezer bucket; repack with salt and ice. Cover with kitchen towels, and let stand 1 hour or until firm.