Pumpkin Ice Cream

As the weather gets cooler and autumn leaves start to fall, there’s no better treat than a delicious scoop of pumpkin ice cream. This creamy and delightful dessert combines the warm flavors of pumpkin with aromatic spices, creating a perfect balance of sweetness and comfort.

In this article, we’ll introduce you to a simple and scrumptious Pumpkin Ice Cream recipe that’s sure to impress your friends and family this season. So, say goodbye to your standard ice cream flavors and welcome the essence of fall into your home with this mouthwatering dessert.

Whether you’re an experienced home cook or a beginner in the kitchen, this recipe is easy to follow and requires only a few basic ingredients. So, grab your apron and let’s embark on a flavorful adventure to make the ultimate Pumpkin Ice Cream!


The following list includes the main ingredients required for the Pumpkin Ice Cream recipe. Make sure to gather these items before starting the preparation process.

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (canned or homemade)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

This recipe uses common spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves to achieve the perfect pumpkin flavor. Feel free to adjust the spice quantities to your personal taste.

The quality of the ingredients is essential for a delicious result. Make sure to choose fresh and high-quality pumpkin puree, cream, and milk. Canned pumpkin puree works well, but you can also opt for homemade puree if you prefer.

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Preparing pumpkin ice cream requires a few essential pieces of equipment to ensure a smooth and successful process. Having the right tools on hand will make the recipe both easier to execute and more enjoyable to create.

Here is a list of the necessary equipment:

  • An ice cream maker: This appliance is essential for churning and freezing the pumpkin ice cream mixture. Choose a model according to your budget and personal preference.
  • A large mixing bowl: You will need a spacious container to mix the ingredients, preferably one with a pouring spout for transferring the mixture seamlessly into the ice cream maker.
  • A whisk or electric mixer: This tool helps blend the ingredients evenly and efficiently, resulting in a smooth texture for the final product.
  • A spatula or scraper: To ensure no precious pumpkin ice cream goes to waste, use a spatula or scraper to collect every last bit from the ice cream maker when it is done churning.
  • An airtight container: Once churned, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container for storage in the freezer, preserving its freshness and preventing ice crystal formation.

Having these pieces of equipment on hand ensures a more seamless and enjoyable process when creating your pumpkin ice cream. With the right tools in place, you will be able to focus on crafting the perfect dessert for any fall celebration.


Begin by gathering all the ingredients needed for this delicious pumpkin ice cream recipe. Make sure to have your ice cream maker ready, and it’s always a good practice to chill the container in the freezer for a few hours before getting started.

In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (canned or homemade)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it is well combined and the sugar has dissolved. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. This should take around 30 minutes. An option is to use an ice bath to speed up the cooling process, plunging the pot into a container filled with ice and water. Once the mixture is cool, cover the saucepan and refrigerate it for at least 2 hours or overnight, so the flavors have enough time to meld together.

When you’re ready to make the ice cream, remove the chilled mixture from the refrigerator and give it a quick stir. Pour the mixture into the ice cream maker and churn, following the manufacturer’s instructions, until it reaches the desired consistency, typically around 20-30 minutes. After churning, transfer the ice cream to a lidded container and freeze for at least 4 hours, or until firm.

When it’s time to serve, let the pumpkin ice cream sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes to soften slightly, and then scoop and enjoy!

Serving Suggestions

Pumpkin ice cream can be enjoyed in various creative ways that will make it a hit among family and friends:

  • Combine with crushed graham crackers or ginger snaps as a base, and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a deconstructed pumpkin pie.
  • Create a festive pumpkin ice cream sandwich using two soft cookies, such as chocolate chip or oatmeal, and roll the edges in festive autumn sprinkles or mini chocolate chips.
  • Pair the pumpkin ice cream with a warm slice of apple or pecan pie for a delicious fall treat.

In addition to dessert, pumpkin ice cream can also be incorporated into beverages:

Pumpkin Ice Cream FloatRoot beer, pumpkin ice cream, whipped cream, caramel sauce
Pumpkin MilkshakePumpkin ice cream, milk, cinnamon, whipped cream

Remember to serve the pumpkin ice cream at the optimal scooping temperature, which is generally around 5-10 minutes after removing it from the freezer.

Storage Tips

Proper storage is essential to maintain the quality and flavor of your homemade pumpkin ice cream. Follow these guidelines to keep your frozen treat fresh and delicious:

  • Use an airtight container: Store the ice cream in a well-sealed, freezer-safe container to prevent ice crystals and freezer burn. Opt for a shallow container for even freezing.
  • Wrap it up: Add an extra layer of protection by covering the container with plastic wrap or aluminum foil before putting on the lid.
  • Freeze at the right temperature: Set your freezer to its coldest setting before adding the ice cream. After the ice cream has hardened, adjust the temperature to a moderate -18°C (0°F) for long-term storage.
  • Label and date: To keep track of your ice cream’s freshness, label the container with the date it was made. Homemade ice cream is best consumed within two weeks, but can last up to one month in the freezer.
  • Keep away from odors: Since ice cream can absorb flavors from other foods in the freezer, store it away from items with strong smells.

By following these storage tips, you can enjoy your pumpkin ice cream for an extended period, preserving its delectable taste and texture.

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