It’s officially spring, and I know that because rhubarb is in the farmer’s markets!
So stoked to see rhubarb at Granville Island this week! Always feels like the first fresh harvest of spring, and I can't wait to experiment with it in the kitchen this week! #garden #dessert #fruit #spring #healthy #rhubarb #organic #EEEEEATS #eat #taste #foodpic #foodphotography #yummy #delicious #foodie #foodblogger #foodporn #foodstagram #nomnom #vegan
I love rhubarb. Not just for its tartness, but also because it tends to be one of the first things that’s harvested every year. Soon, it’ll be asparagus, then garlic scapes, then… everything else!
We grew rhubarb in our backyard when I was a kid growing up. I clearly remember my mom handing me a stalk of rhubarb and a bowl of sugar for dessert.
I’m not saying it wasn’t good that way, but my palate may have refined a little since then.
Rhubarb really has no better partner than strawberries. For may folks, it’s all about the pie or the crumble, and that’s cool. I won’t judge. But I wanted to do something different, so I thought I’d try to make an ice cream.
This is a technique I used last year with peaches, and it had such great results, I decided to try it again. It uses aquafaba to make it creamy, with excellent results.
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Many vegan ice cream bases use coconut, which is delicious, but it doesn’t pair well with everything. This works really well, and the consistency is spot-on.
Vegan Strawberry-Rhubarb Ice Cream #Aquafaba
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, washed and quartered
- 1 1/2 cups rhubarb, washed and chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon aquafaba (chickpea water)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- Pinch of cream of tartar
- In a small heavy saucepan add the strawberries, rhubarb, 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water. Heat gently to a boil and allow to cook down until the rhubarb is soft, about 20 minutes. Mash the strawberries and rhubarb with a potato masher until they are all mostly incorporated, but sill leaving a few chunks. It should look like a thick syrup.
- Pour into a bowl and place in the fridge to chill.
- In your stand mixer, or using a hand mixer or food processor, place the aquafaba, along 1 tbsp sugar and the cream of tartar. Beat until it forms stiff peaks. Gently fold into the strawberry-rhubarb mixture.
- Freeze according to your ice cream maker’s manufacturer’s directions.