Pumpkin Ice Cream
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups half and half
  • ¾ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 Tbs. bourbon (optional)
  1. In a bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree and vanilla. Stick it in the freezer to let it chill a bit while you make the custard.
  2. In a heavy 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, combine 1½ cups of the half and half and ½ cup of the brown sugar. Cook until bubbles form around the edges of the pan, about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the egg yolks, cinnamon, ginger, salt, nutmeg, the remaining ½ cup half and half and the remaining ¼ cup brown sugar. Whisk until smooth and the sugar begins to dissolve.
  4. Remove the cream mixture from the heat. Gradually whisk about ½ cup of the hot cream mixture into the egg mixture until smooth.
  5. Pour the egg mixture back into the pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon and keeping the custard at a low simmer, until it is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon and leaves a clear trail when a finger is drawn through it, 4 to 6 minutes. Do not allow the custard to boil.
  6. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl.
  7. Place the bowl in a larger bowl partially filled with ice water, stirring occasionally until cooled.
  8. Whisk the pumpkin mixture into the custard. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly on the surface of the custard to prevent a skin from forming.
  9. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 3 hours or up to 24 hours.??Transfer the custard to an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  10. Add the bourbon during the last minute of churning.
  11. Cover and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours or up to 3 days, before serving.
I find that half and half works really well to make creamy but not too heavy ice cream. This recipe called for all heavy cream- but I'm very glad I made the adjustment- this would have been to rich for summer otherwise.
Recipe by The Baker Chick at https://www.thebakerchick.com/pumpkin-ice-cream/