Pumpkin Ice Cream, Jeni Style


Pumpkin Ice Cream.  It’s one of my favorite fall treats.  Usually I head to Baskin Robbins, but this year I decided to make my own.  

Pumpkin Ice Cream

Pumpkin Ice Cream

I love the idea of controlling the ingredients in homemade ice cream.  Organic cream, real pumpkin, NO carrageenan.  And how many desserts have a full day’s supply of vitamin A?  

Good thing it’s (relatively) healthy. I start eating pumpkin ice cream in September and don’t quit until Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Ice Cream Cone Outdoors

Pumpkin Ice Cream Cone Outdoors

My pumpkin ice cream addiction started in college. There was a Baskin Robbins on my way home from school and I’d stop every chance I could get.  Disappointing exam?  Homework overload?  Nothing a pumpkin ice cream cone can’t fix! 

The recipe for this is based on the theory behind Jeni Britton Bauer’s ice cream (I made her amazing dark chocolate ice cream recently) which she covers in her book Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home. Besides delicious recipes for ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt, the book discusses how to keep homemade ice cream from getting too hard and too full of ice crystals.  Just what the doctor ordered!

Churning Pumpkin Ice Cream

Churning Pumpkin Ice Cream

Pumpkin Ice Cream - done!

Pumpkin Ice Cream – done!

This version of the pumpkin ice cream has a bit of dark rum in it making it just the slightest bit softer and almost imperceptibly richer in flavor. Thank you Serious Eats for the advice on how to successfully make boozy ice cream.

If you want to skip the rum, however, I can testify that the recipe works fine with no alcohol.  Though I must admit that I prefer the rum version and may even test an additional two tablespoons next try. 

As soon as I run out.  Probably tomorrow.   

Pumpkin Ice Cream Cone

Pumpkin Ice Cream Cone

Pumpkin Ice Cream
Serves 6
What's a great fall treat that is super fun and has a day's worth of vitamin A per serving? Homemade Pumpkin Ice Cream! Yum!
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335 calories
38 g
66 g
19 g
3 g
12 g
169 g
124 g
28 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 335
Calories from Fat 165
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g
Saturated Fat 12g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 66mg
Sodium 124mg
Total Carbohydrates 38g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 28g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Pumpkin Mixture
  1. • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  2. • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  3. • 1 Tablespoon light corn syrup
  4. • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  5. • 1 teaspoon ginger
  6. • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  7. • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
Ice cream base
  1. • 1 cup skim milk
  2. • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  3. • 1 ¼ cup cream
  4. • 1/3 cup sugar
  5. • 1 Tablespoon light corn syrup
  1. • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in ¼ c milk
  2. • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened and whisked until smooth
  3. • 2 Tablespoons dark rum (optional)
  1. Prepare Pumpkin Mixture. Combine pumpkin, brown sugar, corn syrup & spices in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring periodically, until sugar dissolves and mixture starts to bubble, then remove from heat.
  2. Prepare Ice Cream Base. Combine skim milk, salt, cream sugar and corn syrup in a large sauce pan. Bring to a boil and cook for 4 minutes. (Watch carefully so it doesn't boil over.)
  3. Remove ice cream base from heat, stir in cornstarch slurry and pumpkin puree then return to heat, cooking for another minute or two until thickened.
  4. Gradually add some of the warm mixture to the softened cream cheese, whisking until you have a smooth mixture that can be combined with the remaining base without lumping. Mix in rum if using.
  5. Chill until cool. (I usually chill an hour or two in the freezer, stirring periodically. Cooling in a zip loc bag in ice water or in the refrigerator are also options). Freeze according to your machine’s directions.
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  1. Seriously, how much do we all love Jeni? This looks fantastic, Inger – and so timely!

  2. Just delicious !! Youn know I love made in home Ice cream !

  3. keep on churning out the recipes from that book! while i don’t usually go for pumpkin-y things, the texture of this looks irresistible!

    • The texture is just what Jeni has figured out! Removed my last barrier to lots of homemade ice cream (for better or for worse 😉 )

  4. This pumpkin ice cream looks delicious…creamy and rich…I will definitely give this a try…perfect for the season Inger…thanks for sharing the recipe!
    Hope you are having a great week 🙂

    • Thanks Juliana. I just made a third batch for when my daughter comes home for fall break! Hope you are having a great week too!

  5. Oh yum, rum and pumpkin, I bet this tastes amazing. I love the idea of controlling what ingredients are in my foods too, take care!

    • We liked the rum in the pumpkin so much I was wondering if I should try creme de cacao in the chocolate. Or maybe brandied apple cinnamon???

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