Rhubarb Gelato

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Rhubarb Gelato
Rhubarb Gelato
Viviane Bauquet Farre

Rhubarb Gelato

What is it about iced desserts? Whether you’re 2 years old or 82, it’s hard to resist an ice cream cone. For most of us, I’m sure that frozen treats are some of our earliest, and happiest, food memories.

The only catch, as we all know, is that eating ice cream every day is not exactly good for your health. So several years ago I decided to create some recipes that would make this universally cherished dessert a bit less artery-clogging, yet just as luscious.

Instead of using the traditional tempered custard of egg yolks, sugar, and cream, I developed a lighter version with no eggs, no cream, and as little sugar as I could possibly use... and I’ve never looked back!

Now I have a repertoire of deliciously creamy gelatos that are laden neither with calories nor fat. So dig your spoon into this rhubarb gelato. It’s creamy, light, and packed with intense rhubarb flavors. The best part may just be that you can have seconds without giving it another thought!

6
Servings
263
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients
Makes
2 pints

Ingredients

For the rhubarb compote

  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1 Pound young rhubarb stalks, trimmed and cut crosswise into ¼-inch-thick slices
  • 3/4 Cups sugar, preferably organic

For the gelato

  • 2 1/2 Cups 2-percent or whole milk
  • One 2-inch piece whole vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
  • 1/3 Cup sugar, preferably organic
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 Cup mascarpone

Directions

For the rhubarb compote

Combine the water, rhubarb, and sugar in a medium-sized saucepan and place over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 5-6 minutes until the rhubarb releases its juice and the slices break apart. Stir occasionally to ensure even cooking. Remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl to cool to room temperature.

For the gelato

Place 2 cups of milk and the vanilla bean in a medium-sized, heavy-bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil. (Maintain constant supervision since the milk can quickly boil over without warning.) Remove from the heat.

 

Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk the remaining milk, sugar, and cornstarch until well combined. Add the cornstarch mixture to the hot milk and return the saucepan to the heat. As soon as the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the mixture slightly thickens, stirring constantly, about 5-6 minutes.

 

Remove the vanilla bean from the custard, scrape the seeds from the bean, and add to the custard. Transfer to a bowl to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, cover and refrigerate until well chilled, about 2 hours in the refrigerator or 45 minutes in the freezer.

 

When the gelato is well chilled, whisk in the mascarpone until well blended. Pour the custard into an ice-cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's directions. When the gelato is firm, pour the rhubarb compote in the bowl of the ice-cream maker and churn until the compote is well incorporated, about 1 minute. Transfer to a container and freeze until ready to serve.

Rhubarb Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Rhubarb Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
7g
10%
Sugar
42g
N/A
Saturated Fat
4g
19%
Cholesterol
21mg
7%
Protein
4g
9%
Carbs
47g
16%
Vitamin A
85µg
9%
Vitamin B12
0.5µg
8%
Vitamin C
6mg
10%
Vitamin D
1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
0.3mg
1.5%
Vitamin K
23µg
28%
Calcium
190mg
19%
Fiber
1g
6%
Folate (food)
11µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
11µg
3%
Iron
0.3mg
1.5%
Magnesium
20mg
5%
Monounsaturated
2g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
0.3mg
1.7%
Phosphorus
106mg
15%
Polyunsaturated
0.4g
N/A
Potassium
367mg
10%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.2mg
12.6%
Sodium
82mg
3%
Sugars, added
36g
N/A
Zinc
0.5mg
3.4%

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