Garden Cooking: Thomas Keller's Beet Ice Cream

We're excited about the little beets we're growing in our container garden; you can see the knobbly seeds here and the new fuschia seedlings here.

Now here's one more thing we'd like to make with those new beets: beet ice cream!

Beets have a natural sweetness; in fact, most of the sugar we eat in the United States comes from sugar beets, as opposed to sugarcane. That natural sweetness and and rich flavor is used in this recipe from Thomas Keller, made and photographed here for the blog of the White on Rice Couple, Todd and Diane.

They made the ice cream from beautiful baby beets from their garden, and they served it with candied walnuts and walnut syrup. This is a classic flavor combination - beets and walnuts often show up together in salads, but in dessert? Wow!

As you know, we're crazy about homemade ice cream, and our ice cream maker has already made an appearance this season, with mint Oreo ice cream and mango ginger frozen yogurt. We are hoping to try this with our own beets or beets from the farmers market. Do you have a surfeit of beets from your CSA box? Try this recipe and tell us how it works for you...

Related: Product Review: Cuisinart Automatic Ice Cream Maker

(Image: White on Rice Couple)