Ginger Pumpkin Spice Ice cream & Giveaway!

ginger pumpkin spice ice cream recipe

Ginger pounded the Ginger Pumpkin Spice ice cream.

I’ve made 3-layer cakes, my own wontons, Swiss meringue butter-cream frosting and salted caramels. I’ve mastered royal icing, crème brûlée and a pretty mean homemade pizza.

But I have never, in my 28 years, made my own ice cream. I’m just not really an ice cream person. Don’t get me wrong, I love it, I’ll eat it, I think homemade ice cream is super tasty, but on my VERY LONG list of things I crave, ice cream just doesn’t make the cut. Dramatic pause. UNTIL NOW.

My insanely talented aunt-in-law (I can hardly call her my aunt because she is barely older than me) Wendy Paul, recently released her 4th in a series of baking books “101 Gourmet Ice Cream Creations for Every Craving.”

And I’m telling you the title doesn’t lie. I’ve been craving fall, so I decided to try one of her more fall-like ice cream recipes to review and share with you all. I went for the “Ginger Pumpkin Spice” recipe. Because really, how could that be bad? Like I said, I’ve never made ice cream, but Wendy’s book is really well-written and full of tips and tricks, and my ice cream came out PERFECTLY my first try. (Victory high kick!)

Wendy has a variety of base recipes to choose from, such as Rich and Creamy Vanilla and Cancun Coconut, and then dozens and dozens of ice cream recipes to add to the bases. So I used her basic creamy vanilla base, and then the add-ins for the pumpkin spice.

Not only has Wendy allowed me to share the recipe with you…she also wants to give one of you a copy of her book! Huzzah! So! To enter, go like Wendy’s 101 Gourmet Series Page on ye olde Facebook, and then leave a comment on this post before Friday at midnight. I’ll announce the winner on Monday, Oct. 1st.

1 basic recipe for Creamy Vanilla (see below)
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. allspice (I didn’t have this on hand and I didn’t use it, I didn’t miss it, or at least I don’t think I did)

Basic Creamy Vanilla

1/2- 3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup 2% Milk
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

I blended all of my ingredients in my standing mixer with the whisk attachment. Then I just followed the manufacturer’s directions for the ice cream machine I borrowed from Heather.

Then once you’ve stuffed your fat face with as much ice cream as you can, pack some up for the neighbors! If you need help Ginger can put the lid on upside down for you!

Babies! What would we do without them?

I’m really excited to try a few more of the recipes in the books, like “Hot Chocolate Chili Ice Cream” and “Grilled Spicy Peach.”

Again, to win your very own copy of 101 Gourmet Ice Cream Creations for Every Craving just give Wendy’s page a “Like” and leave me a comment telling me how much you love me, or ice cream, or books.

Good luck!



  1. Ari loves the Autumny spices too! I have been trying to find a replacement for my gingerbread cookies since I can’t even touch the wheat. Obviously I am not motivated to bake something if I can’t eat it! I will have to make this!!!
    Gigi is too cute! Getting so big and helpful!

  2. Yay yes, me me me! Also, I love this font!!! xoxo

  3. That looks and sounds Sooo good. Wish I was your neighbor. And I do love books and babies and ice cream and you.

  4. Jenny Williams

    Love Alison! Love your pics! Love your ideas, and I love ice cream!

  5. Would LOVE to win this book so I can make ice cream for my family ALL THE TIME! Just like I bake from her other books all the time! I “liked” her page! Thanks!

  6. Amy Shumway

    I would love my family to enjoy this ice cream!

  7. Adrienne Yancey

    What a great blog! I want to win! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe and for the giveaway Alison and Wendy!

  8. This looks wonderful! I “like” Wendy’s FB page. Thanks for the chance to win this yummy book!

  9. Cindi

    What yummy looking ice cream! Thanks for the chance to win this book!

  10. Batter

    I do love making ice cream, it is SOOOOO delicious! I would love to win this book to inspire me to make home made instead of buying the 4 L cheap brand that doesn’t fit in my freezer anyways. Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Annie

    This looks so good! Hopefully I win so I can make more 🙂

  12. I totes wanna win! I desperately need to put my ice cream maker to good use, and I really need great recipes in order to so that. So, I’m gonna need this cookbook!

  13. I need me some more ice cream.

  14. Megan

    I want to win!!!! Like really want to win.

  15. Katie

    I really really need this book for my husband so he can make me ice cream whenever he wants. (Because guys like to do that stuff, right?) And I loooooved the pony party. I’m totally trying pumpkin gummies with my kindergartner this weekend!

  16. Sarah

    Um, I love you, books, and ice cream. Really!

  17. Shalynna

    I don’t read blogs like I used to, but I still come back to yours. That is how much I love you. I want to win!

  18. i firmly believe in homemade ice cream all year long! i know what i’ll be doing this weekend! yummmmmm 🙂


  19. Susan C

    Oh – wow – this sounds so delicious. I love homemade ice cream but do not use my ice cream maker nearly enough.

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