Friday, October 29, 2010

Fall Flavors

Scoopalicious's newest
team member, Violet gazes
at Tina in admiration.
I think Tina has a review to do of some super tasty seasonal flavors she got in the mail, but in the meantime, I am using this quiet time at home (baby and dog sleeping, husband at the gym) to write about some fall flavors I like...

Two of fall's greatest flavors are pumpkin and cranberry -- no wonder I like autumn. Oh, right, I am not forgetting the apples, too -- I hope to create a cider donut ice cream before the season is over! In the meantime, however, I have been indulging in one homemade flavor and one store bought flavor, and am extremely happy with both. (Though I have actually yet to try them together...I'll have to do that.)

Tina came over the other day to meet baby Violet. She brought pizza and salad, and of course, ice cream! I had also made some ice cream, so we were all set!

Cranberry Ice Cream

A couple of weeks ago I got an email from my sister, Arianna, asking if I had ever made Cranberry Ice Cream. As a matter of fact, I told her, I had, for this year's ice cream party. But it made me start craving cranberry ice cream, so I got out my copy of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Homemade Ice Cream and decided it would be a perfect treat for my Tina visit!

I love this ice cream. It's light and refreshing -- sweet and tart at the same time, but not tart in a tart frozen yogurt kind of way (thank goodness!). My only complaint is that the recipe uses a container of frozen cranberry juice concentrate and I guess they want to use the whole can, so they make the recipe kind of the end I got 8 cups of unfrozen base, and my freezer only takes about 4-5 cups. I ended up sending Tina home with a couple of unfrozen cups and after freezing about 4 cups of base, I had to pull out another frozen canister to freeze the last two cups. I need to remember to half the recipe...good thing I like this ice cream!

In the past, I have only thought of freezing cranberries for the purpose of saving them to use in the off season. I really love cranberries but you can really only get them in the fall/winter, so I would buy a couple of bags then and freeze them for spring/summer use. However, with this recipe and the Cranberry Sorbet recipe made with red wine from The Ultimate Ice Cream Book: Over 500 Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, Drinks, And More, I am beginning to rethink this!

Pumpkin Ice Cream

Tina brought Edy's Pumpkin Ice Cream when she came to visit. So, um, it's only been about a week since I have seen her and the carton is almost empty. Two of my favorite things: pumpkin (which falls under one of my favorite holiday categories of "orange food") and ice cream. It's just like pumpkin pie. In fact, a lazy (or smart?!) person might just have the brillant idea to slightly melt the carton of ice cream, pour it into a premade/prebaked crust, refreeze it, and voila, a new, frozen twist on an old favorite.

It really is a treat, this ice cream. Rich and creamy and accurately reproducing an American tradition.

Well, enough from me. Stay tuned for Tina's review of another pumpkin ice cream, as well as a trip to Sonic for their ice cream, as well as some other fun posts.


Preppy Sue said...

We love pumpkin ice cream at our house and we decided to give it a go using our Rival ice cream maker...

So yummy!

rachel said...

I had apple pie ice cream, and pumpkin ice cream, both for the first time, just yesterday!! Delicious!!

I was excited to see that you are thinking about a version that has some fresh cranberries in it, because that was going to be my suggestion!!

I have to add to the list of fall favorites the two sorbets I had yesterday from JP Licks: Fresh Apple, and Carrot. Individual delicious and also good together!!

I wonder what a sweet potato ice cream would be like.. with pineapple chunks! mmmm...


Ivy said...

How adorable. I love that picture.

A butter cranberry pecan ice cream would be soooo delicious!

Tina said...

I can vouch for her cranberry ice cream as being awesome! A newbie mom had time to freshly churn cranberry ice cream on my visit. Now that's a friend!

arianna said...

1. Sorry. :)

2. I remember making a pumpkin ice cream pie kind of like that one year for Thanksgiving...I used vanilla ice cream, though, and canned pumpkin and some spices. But it was GOOD - kind of a lighter flavor than pumpkin pie, but of course, combining the two best things in the world (pumpkin & ice cream!), it was amazing. I'll have to dig that recipe out.


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