Makes about 1 quart
Adapted from The Craft of Baking by Karen DeMasco & Mindy Fox
NOTE: Press the mixture through a fine mesh strainer before freezing, as directed. Pumpkin can be slightly grainy and straining the custard is a good idea to help smooth it out.
- 1 ½ c whole milk
- 1 c heavy cream
- 3/4 c canned pumpkin puree (100% pure)
- 1/3 c sugar plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tsp freshly-grated ginger
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cinnamon stick
- ½ tsp freshly-ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp fleur de sel (or kosher salt)
- 5 large egg yolks
- 1/4 c packed dark brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- optional: 2 tsp Grand Marnier, rum or brandy
- Make an ice bath by putting some ice and a little water in a large bowl and nest a smaller metal bowl (one that will hold at least 2 quarts, 2l) inside it. Set a mesh strainer over the top.
- In a medium saucepan mix the milk, cream, granulated sugar, ginger, ground cinnamon, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, and salt.
- Warm the mixture until hot and the edges begin to bubble and foam.
- Whisk the egg yolks in a separate bowl and gradually whisk in about half of the warm spiced milk mixture, stirring constantly.
- Scrape the warmed yolks back in to the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a heatproof spatula, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. If using an instant-read thermometer, it should read between 160º-170ºF (71º-76ºC).
- Immediately pour the mixture through the strainer into the bowl nested in the ice bath. Mix in the brown sugar, then stir until cool, then chill thoroughly, preferably overnight.
- Whisk in the vanilla, liquor (if using), and pumpkin puree. Press the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer, then freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Variations: Stir in 1 to 1 ½ c white or milk chocolate chips, crushed caramel, chopped up Skor or Daim (toffee) bars, or chopped toasted pecans or walnuts. Leftover bits of crumbled gingersnaps or gingerbread, or even toasted bits of brown bread or gingerbread could also be folded in, or crumbled on top for serving.