This pumpkin ice cream is no-cook and no-churn. It's also no–pumpkin spice. By ditching the usual suspects (looking at you, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg), you can appreciate pumpkin's squashy flavor even more. Serve with an assortment of toppings, like whipped cream, crumbled nut brittle, and maple syrup. I wouldn't turn down a shot of espresso either. —Emma Laperruque
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No-Churn Pumpkin Ice Cream
6 hours 15 minutes
about 7 cups
(14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
2 1/4 cups
very cold heavy cream
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Stick a 2-quart container (or two 1-quart containers) in the freezer.
Combine the sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin puree, bourbon, and salt in a large bowl; stir. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. (I usually do this by hand, but you can use a hand mixer or standing mixer—whatever feels right.)
With a whisk or rubber spatula, gingerly fold the whipped cream into the pumpkin–condensed milk mixture. The easiest way to do this is in batches: Add some cream, fold. Add some more cream, fold. The goal is to deflate the mixture as little as possible. Err on the side of under-mixing if you’re unsure.
Transfer the mixture to the chilled containers and seal the top with plastic film. Freeze until firm, at least 6 hours.
Emma is the food editor at Food52. Before this, she worked a lot of odd jobs, all at the same time. Think: stir-frying noodles on the fly, baking dozens of pastries at 3 a.m., and writing about the history of pie in North Carolina. Now she lives in New Jersey with her husband and their cat, Butter. Stay tuned every Tuesday for Emma's award-winning column, Big Little Recipes (also the cookbook in October 2021!). And see what she's up to on Instagram at @emmalaperruque.