Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream

   

Inspiration struck me as I was pondering the sort of dessert I’d wanted to bring to my parents’ place for Thanksgiving. Given the simplicity of the recipe I was thinking I would make my semifreddo. Then I thought it might be fun to do a twist on a pumpkin pie and change the vanilla ice cream to pumpkin, then pour it into a pastry crust instead of the chocolate. The idea rolled around in my head for a few days when I finally decided I wanted to simplify it further. An easy no-churn pumpkin spice ice cream dotted with sugary praline frosted pecans. Heck yeah.

Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream

Now that I’ve been introduced to the world of no churn ice cream, I find myself eager to experiment. The whole thing comes together in about ten minutes and is just a matter of whisking together a few wet ingredients and spices, then folding them into whipped cream. It doesn’t get much easier than this to make ice cream.

Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream

I added a tablespoon of rum to the mix, because it imparts a small amount of flavor – but also because the alcohol helps keep the ice cream a little bit soft. You’re welcome to omit it, or to substitute another liquor of your choosing. I also managed to get my hands on some really tasty praline frosted pecans that were folded into the final mixture. You can use whatever candied nuts available to you, regular toasted nuts, or of course no nuts at all.

Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream

If you can’t tell by now, this recipe is so simple that I don’t even have much I can say about it! What I can tell you is that if you want a twist on the comforting, autumnal flavors of pumpkin pie with very little hassle – this recipe is a lot of fun. I served scoops of ice cream with crumbled up shortbread cookies to mimic pie crust and to further play up the pumpkin pie feel. I think it would also pair nicely with a slice of warm pecan pie. Or try a scoop of it in a shot of espresso for a pumpkin spice affogato. Many pumpkin possibilities to be had – so enjoy!

Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream

No Churn Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream
Serves 12
This no churn pumpkin pecan ice cream is a fun dessert that’s quick to assemble.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
22 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
22 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  2. 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (wondering what to do with the rest of the can? how about pumpkin scones!)
  3. 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  4. 1 tablespoon spiced rum
  5. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  7. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  8. 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  9. 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  10. 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  11. 1 cup praline frosted pecans (regular pecans are fine if you don’t have them)
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized bowl whisk together all ingredients except for the whipping cream and pecans.
  2. In a food processor or stand mixer, whip the whipping cream until soft peaks form.
  3. Fold the pumpkin mixture into the whipped cream and then fold in the pecans.
  4. Transfer to a loaf pan and put in the freezer. Carefully cover the top of the pan with a sheet of plastic wrap, making sure to push it right up against the mixture to get out excess air. This helps prevent the formation of ice crystals. I find this step can look neater if you do it after the pan has been in the freezer for 15-20 minutes and the top has solidified slightly.
  5. Freeze at least 6-8 hours, but preferably overnight.
Calories
  1. 337
Variations
  1. Bake a traditional graham cracker crust into the bottom of a spring form pan and allow to cool before pouring the ice cream mixture over the top. Freeze as usual, release the ice cream from the spring form pan, and slice into wedges. Serve with a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream.
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Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream


Rosemary Cheddar Crackers

   

I’ve realized that I rather love the challenge of making foods to fit a certain theme, such as my breaking bad cupcakes and Halloween eyeball cookies. I decided that I wanted to do it again, but with something savory. On Saturday night I was attending a Halloween party and it felt like the perfect opportunity to try out the idea I had – adorable pumpkin shaped cheddar cheese crackers with fresh rosemary. I ended up being really happy with the results! It was hard to stop eating these things once they came out of the oven. I was “lucky” enough to have a few misshapen pumpkins, which gave me a perfect excuse to pop them in my mouth. I made an additional batch with a blend of white cheeses, garlic, and fresh dill that were amazing as well. I will definitely be remaking those for a future post. For now I’m sticking with sharing these cuties, because they are perfect for a fall table, a Halloween party, or a bit of Thanksgiving pre-feast snacking.

Rosemary Cheddar Crackers

Unfortunately we ended up being very late to the party, due to a few costume complications. I decided to attempt to transform myself into a sassy dame of the silver screen. The makeup test run I did a few days before the party didn’t prepare me for some of the problems I’d run into with makeup transferring to my clothes. I learned (after a lengthy trial and error process) that next time I need to set the makeup with significantly more translucent powder. On the bright side you can learn from my mistakes if you want to attempt this really unique costume! All you need to do is blend black and white makeup to create a custom shade of grey for your skin tone (I used Makeup Forever’s clown white and black color flash stick) and apply it to all places where your skin will show. Set with powder and a bit of makeup setting spray (I’ve heard hair spray works but I have no idea whether that’s a good idea haha) before applying makeup as usual. I used matte white, grey, and black eye shadows for shading and highlighting, grey eyeliner on my lips, black on my eyes, and white on my waterline. The result is definitely something people will talk about and it looks fantastic in pictures!

Black and White Costume

But you didn’t come here for costume ideas. You want crackers in your belly. You’re in luck because these crackers are really easy to make too. I’ve made cheese crackers many times before and usually it involves rolling out the dough and cutting the crackers into squares. I find that process somewhat tedious and time consuming, so changing it up to a log ‘n’ slice method makes it much easier. With a little manipulation you can slice your crackers into little pumpkin shapes that people will think you put a lot of effort into. Simply roll out a log as normal, flatten it slightly, and create a groove in the top – similarly to the top half of a heart. I used the flat handle of a spatula to do it. I pressed it down into the dough, shimmied it back and forth a little to create a V shape, and use my fingers to soften the harden edges. A couple of minutes later you should have something that looks like this.

Rosemary Cheddar Crackers

Wrap the log up and transfer to the freezer for 20 minutes to firm up. This will allow you to slice your crackers much more easily without deforming the shape. With a very sharp knife, slice your crackers into approximately 1/4″ pieces. If you want a more crisp cracker you can go as thin as 1/8″. Gently wedge a pumpkin seed into the top groove of each pumpkin and transfer to a parchment paper lined sheet for baking.

Rosemary Cheddar Crackers

I was able to get about two dozen crackers from the entire batch, but if you choose to do a thinner cracker you should get almost double that. The resulting texture of the thicker cracker is almost like a crumbly, crunchy shortbread. The sharpness of the cheese along with the woodsiness of the rosemary packs so much rich flavor that you won’t want to stop eating them.

Rosemary Cheddar Crackers

Rosemary Cheddar Crackers
Serves 48
Pumpkin shaped cheese crackers with rosemary are as cute as they are simple.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
  2. 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (orange cheese is necessary for the pumpkin color)
  3. 1 cup all purpose flour
  4. 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  7. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  8. 1-2 tablespoons cold water
  9. Pumpkins seed for “stems”
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. If you have a grater attachment for your food processor, grate the butter and cheese together. I know this sounds a little strange, but I find this to be a huge time saver. Otherwise you can cut the butter into small pieces and blend it with grated cheese. Transfer the mixture to a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Add flour, rosemary, and seasonings to food processor and blend until the rosemary is in small pieces.
  4. Add cheese mixture to the flour and pulse until crumbly.
  5. With the food processor running, add water 1 teaspoon at a time until the dough comes together in a ball. You may only need a tablespoon, so only add as much as is necessary.
  6. Divide dough into two pieces and roll each one into a log shape. I did this on a sheet of parchment paper so it wouldn’t stick. If your dough is too crumbly you may need to knead it for a moment or add a touch more water. Flatten each log slightly so they are a little bit squat.
  7. With a thin, flat object (a handle, a clean ruler, the blunt edge of a knife) press it into the top of the dough and shimmy it back and forth to create a V shape like the top of a heart. Use your fingers to soften any hard edges. Wrap the logs up and transfer to the freezer to chill for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove dough from freezer. With a sharp knife slice each log into 1/4″ pieces. For a more crisp cracker you can go as thin as 1/8″.
  9. Gently wedge a pumpkin seed into the top groove of each cracker, place on a parchment lined sheet, and bake for 12-15 minutes or until slightly browned at the edges. Thinner crackers may need less time, so keep an eye on them.
  10. Remove from oven and transfer to cooling rack to cool completely before serving (though they are delicious warm from the oven)!
Calories
  1. 39
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Rosemary Cheddar Crackers


Pumpkin Scones w/ Brown Butter Glaze

   

Earlier this week I decided that I wanted to make pumpkin pancakes as my next blog post, but between then and now I noticed the food blogger scene absolutely exploding with pumpkin pancake recipes. While I’m sure I could have made some great pancakes with a unique twist on them, I decided to go a different route and making pumpkin spice scones instead. I’ve never actually made scones before but I have made plenty of biscuits so I figured I could tackle the job. We loved how they turned out – a nice slightly crumbly texture but not too dry, full of warm autumnal spices and not too sweet. That is until you pour the liquid crack over them. Ok, so the scones are good, but the browned butter glaze? I need to find a scientist to manifest this stuff into human form so I can make out with it in the back seat of a car. I am not ashamed of these thoughts.

Pumpkin Scone w/ Brown Butter Glaze

 Just as I talked about in my buttermilk biscuit recipe, it’s important to use cold ingredients when making scones. Handle the dough as little as possible or you run the risk of biting into tough, chewy scone as opposed to a soft, crumbly one. For the glaze (oh man, that glaze) you have a couple of options for how you can use it. One way is to put it into a piping bag and pipe stripes across each cooled scone for sort of a toaster strudel effect. The other option is to warm the glaze slightly and spoon it over the top, allowing it to drip down the sides. They are equally delicious but the latter is more conducive to eating the scones warm (which is how I preferred them). The glaze recipe actually makes enough to frost closer to 10 pastries, but the scone recipe itself only makes 8. Oh well, I guess you’ll just have to eat the rest with a spoon… dreadful I know…

Pumpkin Scone w/ Brown Butter Glaze

I find these to be just a little more moist and slightly cake-like than your traditional scone, but I think it’s wonderful that way. You could probably increase the cooking time just a tad to dry it out some more if that is your preference. Oh and if you don’t have all of the individual spices needed to follow the recipe exactly, you could always use a tablespoon or so of pumpkin pie spice instead. Get ready for your kitchen to smell amazing either way!

Pumpkin Scone w/ Brown Butter Glaze

Pumpkin Spice Scones
Serves 8
Warm, autumnal pumpkin scones come together in minutes.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup all purpose flour
  2. 1 cup whole wheat flour
  3. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  7. 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  8. 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  9. 1/2 cup or 1 stick unsalted COLD butter, cubed
  10. 1/2 15-ounce can pumpkin (not pie filling)
  11. 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  12. 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  13. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  14. 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  15. 1 tablespoon orange juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F and line baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In basin of food processor combine flours, baking powder, salt, and spices with cubed butter. Pulse until mixture resembles a coarse meal.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together pumpkin, sugar, cream, vanilla extract, orange zest, and orange juice. Add to dry ingredients and pulse until just combined. Do not overmix.
  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently press into a circle about an inch thick. Slice circle into 8ths.
  5. Transfer wedges to prepared baking sheet and bake for 14-16 minutes or until the edges or just barely turning golden.
  6. Remove from oven and transfer to cooling rack. If piping stripes onto your scones, allow them to cool completely before frosting.
Calories
  1. 271
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Brown Butter Glaze
Serves 10
Rich, sweet and thoroughly addicting brown butter glaze is lick-the-bowl good.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup or 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  2. 1 cup powdered sugar
  3. 1 ounce (about 2 tablespoons) cream cheese (I used reduced fat)
  4. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 2-4 tablespoons milk (I used almond milk)
Instructions
  1. Using a light bottomed pan (a dark nonstick surface makes it hard to see the color of your butter change) melt unsalted butter.
  2. The butter will begin to foam and eventually subside. Whisk regularly until the butter turns a rich amber color and releases a nutty aroma.
  3. In a medium bowl combine browned butter and remaining ingredients. Beat until smooth and creamy.
  4. Add the milk 1 tablespoon at a time to achieve your desired consistency.
Calories
  1. 97
Notes
  1. If you use all of the icing between the 8 scones (I wouldn’t blame you!) then the calories per serving changes to 121.
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Pumpkin Scone w/ Brown Butter Glaze