ice cream-making attachment for my KitchenAid stand mixer for about a year, so I did recently suggest that if Ben was running low on gift ideas, an ice cream maker under the tree would be most welcome.
Two weeks ago, while perusing CraigsList, I happened to find someone offering the attachment, brand new, for pretty cheap. I couldn't resist the deal, so Christmas came early this year.
To celebrate the season, we made a batch of pumpkin ice cream from
Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book. All of the recipes begin with the sweet cream base (Vermont's finest ice cream makers offer three versions), then suggest ways to customize. For this recipe, we added pureed pumpkin and a little bit of pumpkin pie spice. It was really good. Not as sweet as pumpkin pie, and not as rich as Goodberry's pumpkin custard (which is made with more eggs than ice cream), but very good and fun to make.
Next on our list to try is coffee. Or a nice eggnog ice cream for the holidays. Because frozen desserts aren't just for summertime.
Ben & Jerry's Pumpkin Ice Cream
Makes 1 Quart
Whisk two eggs until light and fluffy, about two minutes. Gradually whisk in 3/4 c. of granulated sugar until completely blended. Add in 2 c. cream (heavy or whipping) and 1 c. milk.
Put about 1 c. of the milk mixture in a separate bowl and add 1 c. pureed pumpkin and 2 t. pumpkin pie spice. Mix until blended, then whisk together pumpkin mixture and remaining milk mixture. Transfer to ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.
The food: Pumpkin ice cream
The verdict: It's the great pumpkin ice cream, Charlie Brown