Beetroot chocolate ice cream

Beetroot chocolate ice cream

I was watching River Cottage the other day and Hugh made some really interesting ice creams – a pea + mint one and a beetroot + chocolate one. Both seemed to go down a treat but the beet + choc one intrigued me the most so I thought I would give it a go.

I adapted the recipe a bit and added some good quality cocoa, for an extra chocolate hit, and I think it turned out really well.

I tried it out on my lovely book club members last week and it was actually quite polarising – you know, a bit like coriander? Some really really enjoyed it and others didn’t fancy finishing theirs. Which side do you think you would be on?

Beetroot chocolate ice cream

Beetroot chocolate ice cream

Beetroot chocolate ice cream

Beetroot + chocolate ice cream

2 medium beetroot (about 400g)

4 egg yolks

1/2 cup caster sugar

1 cup milk

1 cup cream

100g dark chocolate, chopped

1/4 cup good quality cocoa powder


Preheat oven to 200°C conventional/180°C fan-forced. Place beetroot in a deep roasting dish with 1cm of water in the base. Cover with foil and bake for about 1 hour or until tender. Set aside to cool.

Place egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and whisk until well combined. Place 1/2 cup of the milk and all of the cream in a saucepan and bring to a slight simmer. Gradually whisk the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture. Return to the saucepan and cook over a medium heat, stirring, until mixture has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. Pour into a bowl and set aside.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Set aside.

Peel the cooled beetroot and roughly chop. Place in a food processor or blender with the cocoa and remaining milk. Process until smooth.

Add the beetroot and melted chocolate to the custard mixture and stir well to combine. Freeze in an ice cream machine according to manufacturers instructions.

Makes 1L


Beetroot chocolate ice cream





  • Emma

    I’m pretty certain I would love it. The colour alone is drawing me in! Also, imagine the antioxidants.

    I know what you mean about coriander … it’s funny when you bring it up in conversation! People literally hate it or love it.

  • Julia Kuku Couture

    I just bought a ice-cream make for $30 (not sure how good it is going to be) but I will definitely try this flavour when the weather gets a little warmer.

    Hubby hates coriander and I don’t get the problem at all.

  • Gimme a Beet! : MOONCHEEZ
    February 10, 2013 - 11:39 am