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OK, my friends…don’t say I didn’t warn you…get on your running shoes! All this unseasonably deliciously warm weather has got me inspired to whip up a rich icy batch of pumpkin ice cream…fortunately, it’s also motivated me to step up my work out routine! I froze mine all day long, so by the time we took it out to enjoy it, the texture was like a sorbet ribboned with creamy subtle vanilla sweetness.

The vanilla yogurt in this recipe is homemade, but you can use store-bought, sour cream, or skip it altogether. Grampa & I used to have a joke…I would ask, “Is it homemade?” and he would say, “Well, I didn’t grow it in the garden/raise the cow and milk it/ catch it down at the beach/ if that’s what you mean!”

Ingredients for Sweet Whipped Cream:

3/4 cup whipping cream

1/4 cup homemade vanilla yogurt

1 teaspoon honey (you don’t need to harvest this from your own hive!)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

1) Mix all ingredients in a bowl; whisk on high about 3 minutes, or until cream is thick and fluffy, and when you run a spoon through it a trail is left in the cream. Set aside.

Ingredients for Pumpkin Ice Cream:

1 anti-biotic/hormone-free free range egg

1/3 cup Florida Crystals organic light brown sugar

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup light cream

1/4 cup whipping cream

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

1) Whisk egg & sugar together thoroughly; add the rest of the ingredients and stir until completely blended.

2) Pour an inch of pumpkin mixture into bottom of ice cream maker, followed by a large dollop of whipped cream, alternating until ice cream maker is full. Set aside extra whipped cream in the refrigerator to serve with ice cream.

3) Churn 3-4 times (or stir, if you don’t have an ice cream maker) every 15 minutes during the first hour, then let ice cream set 4-5 hours, or until it reaches desired consistency.

My little critic couldn’t give a hoot about the ice cream, it was the whipped cream she was after…thanks to Grampa, or “Papa” as she called him, she has inherited the family addiction to whipped cream. There was always at least 3 cans of “spray cream” in his fridge, and I used to tease him that he should have owned stock in a whipped cream company.

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