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.

Darcy Lenz
Darcy Lenz
Recipe by Cooking Light November 2015


Credit: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Claire Spollen

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15 mins
1 hr 30 mins
Serves 6 (serving size: 1/2 cup sherbet and 2 tablespoons hazelnut mixture)


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  • Preheat oven to 375°.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

234 calories; fat 7.1g; saturated fat 2.5g; mono fat 3.5g; poly fat 0.7g; protein 3g; carbohydrates 41g; fiber 2g; cholesterol 12mg; iron 1mg; sodium 201mg; calcium 80mg.