Pumpkin Ice Cream

Just need a dab of whipped cream

A friend gave us their old ice cream maker recently. Even though it is getting colder, nothing beats homemade ice cream. This tastes just like pumpkin pie, if it was frozen without the crust and served in a bowl.

Follow your ice cream maker’s instructions after the custard has chilled for three hours. I have found that dropping the container into the freezer after the machine finishes a good way to firm up the ice cream a little more. Make sure to get 100 percent pumpkin if using canned.

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

  • 1 cup fresh pumpkin puree or canned
  • 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
  • 3 shots bourbon

Set pumpkin in refrigerator to cool an hour before starting. In a large bowl whisk together egg yolks, 1/2 cup cream, 1/4 cup brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg until smooth. In a large sauce pot add 1 1/2 cups cream, vanilla pod, cloves and 1/2 cup brown sugar and cook over medium low heat until bubbles form around the edge. Remove from heat and whisk 1/2 cup of the hot cream into the egg mixture slowly. Add egg mixture back to cream and whisk over medium low heat until custard coats the back of a spoon. Do not bring to a boil. Strain custard through a fine mesh sieve into another bowl set over ice water. Whisk pumpkin into mixture and stir until cooled completely. Place ice cream in refrigerator to chill, about three hours. Add the mixture to the ice cream maker and follow the machines instructions. When ice cream is almost finished add 2 shots bourbon and drink the last shot for doing such a great job.

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65 Responses to Pumpkin Ice Cream

  1. rumpydog says:

    Yum! There’s pumpkin ice cream being sold commercially. I haven’t bought it because I know it will disappoint. This sure wouldn’t!

  2. looks like somebody is counting down til thanksgiving! homemade pumpkin ice cream… and not surprised to see that you added a little bourbon in the recipe for good measure!

  3. Joanne says:

    Oh my goodness. This looks incredible. I’m so jealous your friend gave you an ice cream maker! Love the bourbon in here too. When I was in Columbus a few weeks ago, Jeni’s ice cream had this incredible Buttercup Pumpkin with Amaretti Cookie Crumbles…I had it every day I was there LOL.

  4. eva626 says:

    OMG when i saw this i was like “are they for REAL?” lol. you make me jealous

  5. JamieAnne says:

    Wonderful! I like the bonus shot for a job well done!

  6. I just got some canned pumpkin, even tho thanksgiving isn’t celebrated here I’m eager to try pumpkin recipes! Thanks for reminding me of my ice cream maker, since I live in the Caribbean ice cream is great all year long ๐Ÿ™‚ I bet this one is delicious!

  7. Now that’s new. I must admit that I’ve never heard of pumpkin ice cream.

  8. Awesome. So seasonal and wonderful!

  9. ChgoJohn says:

    This looks great and undoubtedly tastes even better. For all that work, though, I think you deserve 2 shots of bourbon, not one.

  10. Mel says:

    Wow! Pumpkin ice cream! That sounds really cool (and I love the colour too). We are moving out of pumpkin season in NZ towards spring/summer – but all the pumpkin posts I am finding online of late certainly almost make me yearn for Autumn again…

  11. spree says:

    First job I ever had was scooping ice-cream. Pumpkin was the one most irresistible to me. This takes me right back to junior high – well, all but the bourbon. Thanks for doing that! This one’s going on my short list!

  12. rutheh says:

    Oh does this look good. Love your explicit instructions on the bourbon! I gave my daughter an ice cream maker so will forward to her and maybe she will make it when I visit!! Or I could make it for them using her maker. She lives in Columbus and commenter Joanne
    is right about Jeni’s ice cream. I love her salty caramel flavor which I can now buy in whole foods for ten dollars a pint when I have guests!!

  13. Love this! This sounds so good for the Thanksgiving weekend.

  14. nrhatch says:

    With RUM . . . but no RAISINS. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. crustabakes says:

    I wonder what you guys have been feeding your friends to make them actually wanna give you stuff to cook with. But to think of it, i would probably give you guys cooking stuffs in the hope of getting some of the loot that might come out of them!

  16. Alison says:

    I used to have an icecream maker and it was never dusty, I used it constantly! So many wonderful combinations ahead of you!

    Great post, thanks for sharing!

  17. Oh gosh, this would be beyond perfect with a nice slice of apple pie. Fantastic!

  18. Thanks for this wonderful recipe, I have an ice cream maker but never used it….maybe b/c it was sitting in my moms basement for the last 10 years! Now I need to go dust it off and make me some pumpkin ice cream! Yummmm! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. spicegirlfla says:

    I cannot believe how so many times we are thinking alike! Now while I own a brand new ice cream maker, I’ve never taken it out of the box…really and I can’t give a good explanation on that. But I made a different pumpkin “ice cream” treat…..no where near how fabulous your bourbon infused treat is!!

  20. Judy says:

    A dab, you say? For me, whipped cream comes in one size, bring-it-on! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Stef says:

    I *love* the application of your 3 shots of bourbon – it made me laugh out loud! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. I think Iยจd need the shot of bourbon first to relax me while I was waiting for this delicious ice cream to be ready…hicI

  23. I am an ice cream addict and I really want to try this!

  24. Kelly says:

    Oh, what a fabulous idea! (the last shot of bourbon I mean :))

  25. nancyc says:

    That would be a wonderful Thanksgiving dessert! I bet a nice big scoop would also be great on a slice of pumpkin pie!

  26. niasunset says:

    Another wonderful recipe… Once again I should say this was another new recipe for me with pumpkin! Thank you dear Rufus, with my love, nia

  27. An icecream maker is like the last of the great appliances I need to get. This recipe is giving me another reason to get one! I love the idea of adding bourbon at the end. And the extra shot doesn’t sound too bad either!

  28. lucky you!
    Icecream maker has been on my wish list forever now! maybe I should forward all the amazing icecream recipes to my husband..I hope he will get the hint

  29. TasteFood says:

    Nice photo – this sounds so good.

  30. Courtney says:

    A new toy – how fun! And to start off with the pumpkin ice cream, perfect.

  31. Got to love friends that give you their old icecream makers. I tried to convince a friend recently to buy one so I could borrow it, she wanted me to buy it so she could borrow it…neither of us have the space for one.
    Now, loving the sounds of this icecream. (and curious, what else would they fill canned pumpkin up with?)

  32. peasepudding says:

    I really don’t like pumpkin pie but I love the sound of the ice cream.

  33. Charles says:

    Damn, seems everyone has an ice-cream maker these days… Are they really worth it do you think? I love decent ice-cream – especially good vanilla and rum/raisin, although tbh I never made it at all! Love your ice-cream – a cooler, lighter alternative to all the cakes and muffins flying around these days with pumpkin inside!

    • Well, we’re still figuring ours out. We wouldn’t have bought one, because we’re a bit frugal believe it or not. But to get one free! We also, oddly enough, had someone give us a washer and dryer for free this month. Less than 10 years old and our old ones were probably 25. We’re lucky this month!

  34. This sounds absolutely delicious. I wonder how it would taste with crumbles of cinnamon graham cracker crumbs sprinkled over the top.

  35. Amy says:

    ooooh, pumpkin ice cream! I used to look forward to that seasonal flavor at Baskin Robbins…but I’m sure yours is waaay better ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. SimpleP says:

    Very professional looking ice cream! Yum!

  37. I can’t wait to get an ice cream maker- maybe santa will bring me one?!

  38. Alas, I am allergic to pumpkin (I know…who is ALLERGIC to pumpkin?) but this recipe sounds so good and I’m wondering if you could substitute cooked mashed sweet potato for the pumpkin? I may give that a try! Thanks for the inspiration!

  39. Kristy says:

    Miss A ate pumpkin ice cream every night while we lived with Mike’s parents (waiting for our house to sell). It became a little ritual that she and her Papa shared together. Sadly, she doesn’t remember the pumpkin ice cream ritual (amazing how quickly their little memories fade), but I have no doubt that Papa does and will forever. ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. wok with ray says:

    Never had pumpkin ice cream before but your ice cream looks really good, so it’s a must try. Thanks for sharing and have a great week! ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. rsmacaalay says:

    Wow I never owned an ice cream maker, I want to have one of those as now when I make one its so manual, I have to churn it every 30 minutes by hand.
    BTW that’s a very different ice cream flavor, I guess it would taste good, I tried pumpkins in sweet desserts so ice cream wont be anything different.

  42. I am such a HUGE ice cream buff.. but never have I tried Pumpkin Ice Cream. Hrm.. I may have to try this and give it a slight twist. I can’t wait to try it

  43. Eva Taylor says:

    Mmmmmm, bourbon. Two for the ice cream and two for ME! I will have to revisited many of my recipes and add in a step like this. Pumpkin ice cream will never be the same, Greg!

  44. Ice cream tops one of my favorite food groups. This photo looks like it could land in a professional magazine, wish I could taste some of this — I could make a dinner out of it.

  45. I am so impressed with the variety of recipes you make! This looks creamy and delicious!

  46. Sissi says:

    You are so lucky to have a friend who doesn’t need an ice-cream maker ๐Ÿ˜‰ I still haven’t decided to buy one. Your ice-cream looks delicious!

  47. Back in the 80s Breyers made a pumpkin ice cream and my dad loved it. My brother’s friend Chadโ€”a skinny, very tall, geeky kid with a hollow legโ€”came over and ate the entire carton one Sunday afternoon while watching movies. When going to the freezer later than night we were all incredulous that he could eat it all (physically), and also that he had the gall to eat it all. Thirty years later we still exclaim over Chad and the pumpkin ice cream. Will need to try this recipe, and serve it at Thanksgiving to acclaim, memories and laughs, no doubt.

  48. egg me on says:

    Pumpkin ice cream?!?! This totally blows my mind. But I want it. So, so much. Right now.

  49. PhobicFoodie says:

    Oh that sounds so decadent…it makes me want to dig out my ice cream maker! I particularly like the last step!

  50. I’ve never tried pumpkin ice cream before, but this is really making me want to try a batch!!!

  51. Kas says:

    You’re killing me, Rufus!! I had pumpkin ice cream yesterday at a great homemade ice cream shop in Charleston, but would love to try making this myself — sounds and looks absolutely dreamy!

  52. Jessica says:

    Aww, a little bourbon pat on the back! I’ve had pumpkin ice cream on my list of things to make. Glad you guys got an ice cream maker! Nothing beats homemade.

  53. I do not have an ice cream maker and love, love, love homemade ice cream. That may be a good reason not to have one. I’m afraid I would love it too much!

  54. Drink the last shot for doing a good job. HAHAHAH Love the flavour!

  55. lovelaughmirch says:

    oh hello deliciousness…. will have to try this one!

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