Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Homemade Pumpkin Ice Cream

As promised, here's that homemade pumpkin ice cream recipe for you! It's the second recipe I've made using my new ice cream maker. And it was another success, just like the first one - peanut butter chip! :)

This recipe is from the book my sister gave me for my birthday, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Homemade Ice Cream (should I be concerned she gave this book to ME?).


-1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin
-1 tsp. cinnamon
-3/4 tsp. ginger
-3/4 tsp. nutmeg
-3/4 cup sugar
-3 cups whole milk
-2 cups heavy cream


Place all ingredients in mixing bowl and mix until well blended. Cool mixture in fridge until it reaches 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Transfer mixture to your ice cream maker and follow instructions. I let my machine go for about 15 - 20 minutes, and then it was ready!

Of note, I used whole milk in this recipe, but the cookbook actually calls for half-and-half. The reason I used whole milk was that I already had it on hand (leftover from the peanut butter chip ice cream recipe!). I did a quick google search and decided that whole milk was a "close enough" substitution to half-and-half. Luckily my gamble was okay, and the ice cream was delicious! Next time, however, I'd probably try it with half-and-half just to see if it's any different.

Weeeeee, the ingredients go round and round...

Here's the ice cream right out of the machine. It's a softer texture at this point, which I love. Soooo good. I kinda wish I could eat the entire two quarts in one sitting...

After freezing it, it does become harder but the flavors are still amazing! I still have some in my freezer actually. I had some last night with some hot apple cider as a treat before bed. Talk about awesome fall flavors! The cinnamon and nutmeg really come through in this ice cream.

Isn't this a lovely cake? A couple weeks ago my coworkers surprised me with this cake to congratulate Mike and me. How sweet!! It was super delicious too.

Cake & ice cream:

The best combo!

By the way, do you remember when I talked about the shortage of pumpkin? Well, not to worry - my sister, mom, and future mother-in-law have all come to the rescue for me!! My sister gave me a big can of pumpkin she had in her pantry, and my mom and future mother-in-law both found some in stores near them and bought several cans for me. PHEW! Thank goodness (and thanks so much to them!). No more shortage of pumpkin for a while. I think I have the equivalent of about 12 15-oz. cans now! I've got some baking to do. :) 


  1. that cake is the sweetest thing! and I want a HUGE bowl of that ice cream! YUM!

  2. Using pumpkin to make ice cream is a brilliant idea! This looks delicious.

  3. Is this shortage a real thing? I'd better hit up Whole Foods...they usually have pretty cheap cans of pumpkin...

    I LOVE pumpkin pie ice cream! It was the first ice cream I ever made with my ice cream machine and though it never really solidified enough...I had a lot of fun drinking it.

  4. Hahaha, the book title is hilarious. I have the Ben & Jerry's ice cream book but usually try recipes from bloggers - they're more fun :)