The long lines to get a scoop of ice cream at Bi-Rite Creamery in San Francisco are legendary and daunting. During the holidays, pumpkin pie ice cream is one of their bestsellers, so we were happy to discover the recipe in their book Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones: 90 Recipes for Making Your Own Ice Cream and Frozen Treats from Bi-Rite Creamery. They make a simple custard of pumpkin purée, heavy cream, brown sugar, milk, egg yolks, cinnamon, and ginger and churn it until cold and creamy. Serve a scoop next to a slice of warm ginger cake for a cozy holiday dessert.
Game plan: Be sure to get the bowl of your ice cream maker in the freezer and fully frozen before starting this recipe.