Monday, September 24, 2012

Pumpkin Ice Cream

FINALLY IT HAS ARRIVED! I have wanted to make pumpkin ice cream, but wanted to wait until it felt like fall outside.  Here is what you need.

-1/2 of a smaller can of pumpkin
-1 cup of heavy whipping cream
-2 cups of plain greek yogurt (honey flavored would be better but I could not get any)
-1/2-1 cup of sugar (depends on your tastebuds)
-1/2 c of almond milk (or whatever milk you have handy)
-1/3 pack of reduced fat cream cheese (relatively optional)
-2 TB brown sugar
-1/4 c of cinnamon sugar mix
-1 tsp ginger
-1/4 to 1/2 tsp nutmeg (again, to taste)
-Optional 1/3 c of light maple syrup, vastly contigent upon how sweet you want it and what kind of greek yogurt you used

Mix everything in the above list together in your delightful kitchenaid.  Or hand mix it, if you are in to that kind of thing.  Put it in the metal cannister of your ice cream maker and let it chill in the fridge for at least an hour. 

Put it all in your ice cream maker and follow the directions.  Transfer it to a bowl and stuff it in the freezer so it can finish firming up.

How soft your cream cheese is will likely determine how well incorporated it is.  I added cream cheese because I wanted it to remind me of the pumpkin cheesecake I make, and so you can add more greek yogurt and leave it out if you prefer.  Softer cream cheese will blend in better, whereas colder will leave some small chunks in your ice cream.  Both are delicious, mine was more on the cold side.

This should make enough to fill your container about or right under half full, so you may want to double the recipe if you go through ice cream more quickly.  If you want to double it but cut the fat you can add in half and half instead of more cream.  You maybe could completely replace the cream with the half and half, but be prepared for it to freeze differently or be a little less creamy. 

This is super delicious ice cream, I love pumpkin, and deserves something delicious like a waffle cone to go with it.  OR make some pumpkin cookies for an ice cream sandwich extravaganza.  Pin It Now!

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