Pumpkin Ice Cream

Pumpkin Ice Cream Recipe

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Vickie Parks


I tried pumpkin ice cream at a Christmas Village shopping extravaganza several years ago and I loved it. Since then, I have always tried to make pumpkin ice cream because it's not easy to find in the grocery stores (even in the fall, when you'd think markets would be most likely to stock it). I have several recipes for pumpkin ice cream, and this is one that we really like. I've experimented with the spices and the end result is always a fantastic pumpkin ice cream. So adjust the spices to suit your taste preferences, but what is listed is a great starting point.


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1 quart
13 Hr 30 Min
30 Min
Ice-Cream Maker


  • 2 cups
    heavy cream
  • 1 cup
    whole milk
  • 1
    vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 3/4 cup
    brown sugar
  • 8
    egg yolks
  • 1 cup
    pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground nutmeg
  • 1 dash
    dark rum
  • 1 pinch
    kosher salt

How to Make Pumpkin Ice Cream


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the cream and milk to a low simmer. Stir in the vanilla bean and scraped vanilla bean seeds. Cover saucepan, remove from heat, and let mixture steep for 1 hour (don't lift the lid while it's steeping). After 1 hour, discard vanilla bean.
  2. In another saucepan, whisk together the sugar, egg yolks, pumpkin purée, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg until very well combined. Slowly pour milk mixture into saucepan, whisking constantly, until smooth and all ingredients are thoroughly blended. Set over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until the custard thinly coats the back of a spoon. DO NOT let the mixture boil.
  3. Pour custard through a fine mesh strainer, then stir in rum and salt. Transfer to an airtight container, cover container and chill at least 8 hours or overnight.
  4. After 8 hours of chilling (or the next day), churn according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer ice cream to airtight container and place in freezer for at least 4 to 5 hours before serving.

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About Pumpkin Ice Cream

Course/Dish: Ice Cream & Ices
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American

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