Pumpkin Ice Cream


Serve a scoop or two of this alongside a slice of the Molasses Spice Cake. As the ice cream melts, it will turn into a creamy sauce for the cake to soak up.

Pumpkin Ice Cream
Photo: Con Poulos
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
8 mins
Chill Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 18 mins
5 cups


  • 3 cup half-and-half

  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar

  • 5 egg yolks

  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon cognac or brandy (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the half-and-half and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar, about 4 minutes until bubbles form around the edges of the pan.

  2. In a small bowl whisk together the egg yolks, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Gradually whisk about 1/2 cup of the hot half-and-half mixture into the egg mixture and continue to whisk until smooth. Pour the egg mixture into the half-and-half mixture in the pan. Cook and stir over medium heat until the mixture coats the back of a large metal spoon, about 4 minutes. Do not boil. Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a large bowl. Stir in the cognac, if desired, and vanilla. Whisk the pumpkin into the mixture until thoroughly combined. Cover surface with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 3 hours or overnight.

  3. Pour the pumpkin custard into a 1- 1/2 or 2-quart ice cream maker; freeze according to the manufacturer's directions. Pack the ice cream into a freezer-safe container. Cover and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours or up to 3 days, before serving. Makes 10 (1/2-cup) servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

195 Calories
11g Fat
22g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 195
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 119mg 40%
Sodium 98mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1.8mg 9%
Calcium 111.1mg 9%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 178mg 4%
Folate, total 16.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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