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Pumpkin Icecream


Giving thanks for blenders and freezers

I was invited to my first Thanksgiving by a work buddy. It was totally amazing and I got to try some of the Thanksgiving dishes I have read about over the years. Very exciting!

Plus I got to experiment as I said I would do a pumpkin dessert. At first it was going to be the traditional pumpkin pie but as it got closer to the day, it seemed likely to be hot…so I found a recipe for pumpkin icecream  😀

Actually I found a recipe for pumpkin icecream and ginger snap bowls, then went on the hunt for a less complex pumpkin cheesecake icecream recipe which I amended only slightly. The gingersnap bowls broke my blender and were a disaster, so they are not being shared but the pumpkin icecream was a.w.e.s.o.m.e.


4L of icecream, because I made double measures.

You will need a blender and an electric hand mixer to make this.


Makes ~2L of ice cream.

  • 1 425gm can of pumpkin
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 500mL tub of thickened cream
  • 250gm tub of cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups raw sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 pinch ground cloves

Put everything but the cream into the blender and blend until smooth. Blenders usually have a capacity of 1.4-1.6L, so your blender will be pretty full when this is done.

Pour the mixture into either a mixing bowl or container with a capacity of more than 2L, then add the cream. Use the electric mixer to make sure the cream is mixed into the pumpkin mixture. Pour into the container(s) you’re freezing it in and pop in the freezer overnight, et voila!


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P.S. in case you’re keen, here’s another easy pumpkin ice cream recipe.


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Q: What to do when you find the perfect recipe for a dessert but when you go shopping, you can’t find critical ingredients and flavours?

A: i.m.p.r.o.v.i.s.e.!.!.!.


A very girlie dessert

I found an amazing recipe for Raspberry Nougat Frozen Parfait in Modern Australian Food, but when I went to the shops on a Sunday at 3pm to get all the ingredients I could find everything…except the Nougat. It was about 37°C, early in November (mostly unheard of) and I couldn’t face the idea of driving anywhere else to hunt for the elusive nougat. Plus most shops were closing…so I had to improvise on the go.

I already had rosewater, raspberries and edible rose petals at home. And the rose petals were an impulse buy that I’d been looking for an excuse to justify…so I bought extra mixed berries and decided to make the girliest, rosiest dessert in the world (so far as I am aware).

It’s pretty simple, once you mix the ingredients and line a loaf tin with alfoil, you simply pour in and freeze. Then when you want to serve, you slice and leave for a 30 minutes in the refrigerator (or 2 minutes on the kitchen counter on a 37°C day when you don’t have enough room in the fridge).


  • 500gm Ricotta cheese
  • 165 gm (3/4 cup) caster sugar
  • 300mL thickened cream
  • 1 tsp rosewater
  • 2 tbsp edible rose petals
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries

Line your loaf tin with alfoil (cling wrap is too annoying to get into position, trust me). You’ll need one that’s about 14cm x 21cm.

Blend the ricotta and sugar until smooth (either in the blender or use a hand mixer). Stir in the rosewater and 1 tbsp of the edible rose petals.

Beat cream in a separate bowl until it forms soft peaks. Fold cream into the ricotta mix and then fold in the berries.

Spoon the mix into the tin and then sprinkle the remaining rose petals on the top. Freeze until firm.

When you are ready to serve, slice and put on plates. Refrigerate 30 minutes so that it softens slightly, then serve. As mentioned: in Perth summer time weather, leave it for 2-5 minutes on the kitchen counter 🙂

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