Be sure to use high-quality unsweetened and unseasoned pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling, for this ice cream, which is reminiscent of frozen pumpkin pie, infused with the typical caramel and warm spice flavors. Top with a drizzle of salted caramel sauce, if you like.
Spiced Pumpkin Ice Cream
2 cups (16 fl. oz./500 ml) heavy cream
2/3 cup (5 oz./155 g) firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 Tbs. light molasses
5 egg yolks
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 cup (8 oz./250 g) pumpkin puree
1 tsp. vanilla extract
In a saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups (12 fl. oz./375 ml) of the cream, the brown sugar and molasses and stir to blend. In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and the remaining 1/2 cup (4 fl. oz./125 ml) cream until well blended.
Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until bubbles form around the edges and the sugar dissolves, 4 to 5 minutes. Do not allow to come to a boil. Remove from the heat. Whisk the egg yolk mixture while slowly pouring in the hot milk mixture. When almost all of the hot liquid has been added, slowly pour the warmed yolk mixture back into the saucepan, still whisking. Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the custard is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 4 to 5 minutes. Do not boil.
Pour the hot custard through a sieve into a clean bowl, gently pressing the liquid through the sieve and leaving any grainy solids in the sieve. Stir in the pumpkin puree and vanilla until blended.
Prepare an ice bath by partially filling a large bowl with ice water. Nestle the bowl with the custard in the ice bath and let cool for 30 to 45 minutes. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the custard and on top of the bowl. Refrigerate for 3 to 24 hours.
Prepare an ice cream maker with at least a 1-qt (1-l) capacity according to the manufacturer’s directions. Pour the custard into the ice cream maker and churn until the custard reaches the consistency of thick whipped cream. Transfer to a plastic freezer container, cover tightly and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours or up to 3 days. Makes about 1 qt. (1 l).
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