Rhubarb Ice Cream Recipe

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Rhubarb ice cream is the perfect summertime treat.  The bright fruit flavor of the rhubarb pairs amazingly with creamy, cool, home-churned ice cream.

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I'm picky about fruit ice creams.  Most commercial ice creams just don't have enough vibrant fruit flavor for my preference.  But homemade fruit ice creams are AMAZING.  You do need an ice cream maker of some variety for this recipe, but it is absolutely worth it for the incredible flavor of this rhubarb ice cream.

Stalks of fresh rhubarb on a white wooden surface.

I'm lucky enough to have a friend (Heidi, from Kitchen Talk and Travels) who grows rhubarb and is generous enough to share it with me.  So when we decided on frozen treats as our theme for this month's Taste Creations Blog Hop, I knew exactly what recipe I was going to develop:  rhubarb ice cream!

I'll bet a scoop of this would taste absolutely amazing on Heidi's rhubarb, ginger, and lemongrass cake

Rhubarb ice cream ingredients measured out on a white marble surface.

I based this rhubarb ice cream recipe on the strawberry ice cream recipe in David Lebovitz's fabulous book, The Perfect Scoop.  It's a fabulous book of all sorts of amazing ice cream recipes, and once you master the basics, you can create your own flavors.

Rhubarb Ice Cream Ingredients:

  • 1 pound (450 grams) of stewed rhubarb
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) sugar
  • 1 cup (240 grams) sour cream
  • 1 cup (250 ml) heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

I prepared my stewed rhubarb using the method linked in the ingredient list above, but I did chop my fresh rhubarb into very thin slices, so I wouldn't have any long strands of rhubarb fiber in my ice cream.  It doesn't affect the flavor, but it does make the mouth-feel of the finished ice cream nicer.

Rhubarb ice cream ingredients mixed together and ready to chill and churn.

Combine stewed rhubarb (chilled, ideally), sugar, sour cream, heavy whipping cream, and lemon juice.  You can use a food processor to make sure there are no chunks of rhubarb, but you can also mix this by hand.  Let the mixture chill in the fridge for at least one hour.

Rhubarb ice cream mixture ready to churn in a Cuisinart ice cream maker.

Then you just put the rhubarb ice cream mixture in your ice cream maker, and follow the instructions that come with your machine.  I have a Cuisinart ice cream maker that I absolutely love.  I chose that model because I wanted a machine with a compressor (the freezing bit), rather than having to freeze a large bowl for 24 hours before making ice cream.  I want to be able to make ice cream on a whim, not plan ahead and make room for equipment in my freezer. 

Freshly churned rhubarb ice cream in a cuisinart ice cream maker.

In my machine, it took about 50 minutes of churning to create this amazing, silky, brightly flavored rhubarb ice cream.


Freezer container filled with homemade rhubarb ice cream sitting on a red and white gingham cloth.  A silver ice cream scoop sits in the container of ice cream and fresh chunks of rhubarb are scattered around the container.

Transfer your homemade ice cream to an ice cream container and store it in the freezer.

Glass ice cream dish filled with pale pink rhubarb ice cream.

Home freezers are colder than commercial ice cream freezers, so let your ice cream sit out for a few minutes before scooping and serving it.


Spoon with rhubarb ice cream over a glass dish with a scoop of rhubarb ice cream.  It sits on a red and white checkered cloth and slices of fresh rhubarb are scattered around.

Nothing tastes better on a hot summer day than homemade ice cream!

Printable Rhubarb Ice Cream Recipe

Want a one page, printable, PDF version of this recipe?  Just click the image below to print directly or download the PDF to your device.

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Other Frozen Treats from the Taste Creations Blog Hop

Can't get enough other delicious frozen treats?  Check out these instructions for making the most amazing ice cream sandwiches with your favorite homemade cookies from my blogger friend Terri at Our Good Life.

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