Pumpkin Ice Cream Recipe
October means that the fall is here and Thanksgiving is fast approaching. Thanksgiving ushers the much-loved, much-awaited pumpkin season, especially the sumptuous, super-delicious pumpkin treats!
At first, when I moved to the United States, I was not so much into pumpkins. In Poland, pumpkins were, for many years, and underestimated vegetable (well, the debate is still on, whether pumpkin is a vegetable or a fruit). The pumpkin was sparingly used in the daily preparations of meals. Currently, the orange “giant” has a common occurrence in various recipes! I eventually fell in love with pumpkins, making it a mainstay in many of my cooking’s quite often.
Pumpkins are renown for their high quantity of fiber, tons of minerals and vitamins, vitamin C, and potassium. The vegetable is also renown for its function as a boost for antioxidants in the body. Pumpkins contain beta-carotene, folic acid, and actively protect the body against free harmful radicals. Pumpkins seeds are known to provide a significant content of lecithin and zinc to increase metabolism and help the proper function of the brain. Pumpkin oil is renown to have a rich composition of vitamins and oils, and having elements that lower cholesterol and getting rid of free radicals from the body.
Pumpkins work wonders in both savory and sweet versions. Some of the most common formulations of pumpkins that are absolute hits include cakes, tarts, velvet cheesecakes, brownies, muffins, and the thrilling pumpkin zebra!
How to shop for pumpkins
Pumpkins are readily available in many local outlets, especially when they are in season. You can purchase canned pumpkin in your local supermarket, usually located near the baking section. For those who are trying to avoid lots of sugar in their meals, it is advisable to avoid purchasing pumpkin pie filling, which has a high content of sugar and spices. You can also consider buying a whole sugar pumpkin, which comes in the best flavor and texture that you will love. One 2-3-pound sugar pumpkin can usually yield the same amount of puree as 1 – 15oz can.
The pumpkin should cook for between 30 t0 50 minutes, depending on its size. If you are in the mood for a puree, peel back the skin of the already cooked and cooled pumpkin and pop it into a blender, blending it until it is smooth in texture.
Once you have your already cooked and well-prepared pumpkin, there are numerous ways to enjoy your pumpkin for the ultimate enjoyment that includes the following;
Pumpkin pancakes – they come either dry or sweet, depending on your preference. The preparation requires ingredients such as chili, pepper, cinnamon. You then fry the mixture on a pan or bake it in an oven at 180 degrees.
Pumpkin stew – the freshly cooked pumpkin is cut into cubes, combining it with zucchini and peppers for flavor and taste. Cut the pumpkin into smaller cube-like sizes and combine with pepper and zucchini for flavor and taste.
Pumpkin soup – the soup is, on many occasions, served in its thick form. To make the dish even more nutritious, add carrots, potatoes, or leek. You can, if you prefer, season the pumpkin and serve, for the best taste.
Casserole – This is best when using the Hokkaido pumpkin, which requires less preparation as you do not peel off its skin. The dish tastes better when served with rice, potatoes, or pasta. You can add spices for an even better taste and enjoyment. The spices include cinnamon, pepper or chili, or experiment with orange juice.
Pumpkin cheesecake – this is a sweet cake that comes cooked with pumpkin puree or mousse, something that you should check out. the preparation involves the inclusion of cashews, greek yoghurt, cottage cheese depending on your preferred taste and intended outcome. The color of the dessert is in relation to the beet or carrot juice.
Pumpkin muffins – muffins mix with nuts and raisins, and for flavor, season with spices or gingerbread — Bake at 350 F for about 25 minutes for to achieve browning.
Pumpkin smoothie – mix pumpkins to your smoothies to get the a taste that is out of this world.. Additional cinnamon per cardamom will bring the flavor and make the meal even more tasty and appealing.
Use pumpkin seeds – the pumpkins seeds make a healthy snack that you can eat it up throughout, loving the crunchiness and tasty texture throughout. Wash, drain, and toast the seeds. Add different seasonings of your choice to your liking.
The other practical options worth trying out with your pumpkin include the following pumpkin samples; soup, jam, nut butter, curry, apple butter, bread, and the rich and super tasty chia pudding.
Pumpkin Ice Cream (Dairy-free)
- 3 cups of fresh coconut milk
- 2 cups each of pumpkin puree, cashew milk and vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp each of well ground ginger and ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp each of pumpkin spice and cinnamon
- 3/4 cup of maple syrup
- After assembling everything, pour them in a high-speed blender and power it up until it is all smooth and creamy. For the best outcome, freeze the mixture for about two hours, after which it will be ready for consumption. You can also pour it up in an ice cream machine for a variety of flavors and styles.