Pumpkin pie, yay or nay?… I’ve noticed that there are two distinct camps. Does anyone sit on the fence on this one?… I, myself, stand firmly in camp “no, thank you”. Which is funny, because there are plenty of pumpkin foods that I love, like muffins, these cookies, and it’s so amazing in pasta. And now you can add this ice cream to the list too.
It’s the perfect balance of spice to pumpkin, creamy without being too rich, and very moreish. A great (less conventional) dessert for Thanksgiving!
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Pumpkin Ice Cream
Recipe Type: dessert
Makes: 4 cups
- 1 (13.5oz/400ml) can Coconut Milk (full fat), well shaken
- 2 tbsp Tapioca Starch
- 3/4 cup packed Light Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
- 1/8 tsp Ground Nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1 cup Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 tbsp Whisky (optional)*
In a medium saucepan, whisk together the coconut milk, starch, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt, until smooth and the sugar begins to dissolve.
Cook the coconut milk mixture over medium-high heat, until thickened and starting to bubble (should look like runny pudding), whisking frequently. Remove from heat and whisk in the pumpkin puree and vanilla extract until thoroughly combined.
Pour into a container and cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly on to the surface of the custard (this is to prevent a skin from forming). Refrigerate until cold (about 4 hours, but I leave mine overnight).
Whisk in the whisky (if using), then pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions until it reaches a “soft-serve” consistency (I ran it in my machine for 25 minutes).
Transfer ice cream into a freezer friendly container, press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the ice cream (this is to prevent ice from forming), and freeze until firm (at least 3 hours).
*In addition to flavour, the whisky helps keep the ice cream a little softer and easier to scoop. Vodka is a good alternative if whisky is unavailable, or skip the alcohol all together.