For Thanksgiving dessert, we always have the usual suspect pies–pecan, pumpkin, apple and sweet potato. This year, I wanted something different, so I made ice cream. I made a pumpkin pie ice cream following this Cuisinart pumpkin pie ice cream recipe. In addition, I was going to make a sweet potato pie with my North Carolina sweet potatoes but opted to make sweet potato ice cream. Now, this recipe made a more liquidy ice cream, so for the sweet potato ice cream, I put less whole milk. Also, the sweet potato had a thicker consistency than the pumpkin puree, so it also helped to thicken the ice cream. This ice cream has a starchy mouthfeel similar to taro ice cream, so if you like that, you will like this. I did!
Sweet Potato Ice Cream
2 large sweet potatoes, mashed
1 cup whole milk
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
Wash and peel potatoes. Prick potatoes with a fork and microwave for 20 minutes. In the bowl of a mixer, mash potatoes. Then add milk, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and cream. Mix well and add to ice cream freezer. Follow ice cream freezer directions. It took about 30 minutes of churning.
Posted in Holiday, Ice Cream, North Carolina
Tagged Cuisinart, ice cream, North Carolina, pumpkin, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pie ice cream, sweet potato, sweet potato ice cream, Thanksgiving
Halloween is not a gift-giving holiday, but it can be if you want to give a gift to someone special or to yourself! I found some cool Halloween- and fall-related gift items.
The first is this adorable pumpkin-shaped cookbook of pumpkin recipes I saw at Kinokuniya, a Japanese bookstore in Manhattan. (They even have ones on potatoes, eggs and pasta too.)
If you want something a little more eerie, opt for the chocolate skull at Fika, a Scandinavian coffee shop in Manhattan.
Posted in Chocolate, Cookbook, Holiday
Tagged chocolate, cookbook, Fika, Halloween, Japanese, Kinokuniya, pumpkin, Scandinavian, skull
I’m not a coffee drinker, but I do like decaf tea. I saw these recipes for homemade coffee creamers in fall flavors, and I decided to try them. I made the pumpkin and gingerbread, and they are really good. I like the pumpkin better, but the gingerbread is the perfect mix of ingredients because it tastes just like gingerbread. With the pumpkin, I would say to shake it well before each use because the pumpkin can settle to the bottom. I made them with half and half and also with milk, and both versions are good.
There was a little crispness in the air yesterday, so I think fall is here. One of my favorite fall flavors–even more so than apple–is pumpkin.
1. Pumpkin pie pops from The View from Great Island
photo used with permission of The View from Great Island
2. Pumpkin pizzelle cannoli from Fake Ginger
photo used with permission of Fake Ginger
3. Pumpkin pie cupcakes from Une-deux senses
photo used with permission of Une-deux senses
4. Skinny pumpkin frappuccino from Sally’s Baking Addiction
photo used with permission of Sally’s Baking Addiction
5. Pumpkin toffee gooey bars from Crazy for Crust
photo used with permission of Crazy for Crust
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Tagged bars, cannoli, Crazy for Crust, Fake Ginger, frappuccino, gooey, pizzelle, pops, pumpkin, pumpkin pie, recipes, Sally's Baking Addiction, skinny, The View from Great Island, toffee, Une-deux senses
IHOP has some yummy holiday pancake offerings for Thanksgiving: pumpkin and carrot cake pancakes. Pumpkin lovers will love these, as they taste like pumpkin bread or pumpkin pie and are served with a dollop of whipped cream.
The carrot cake pancakes are good too and are made with the same ingredients as the real thing, including a drizzle of cream cheese frosting.
carrot cake pancakes