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I love my Zoku popsicle maker, so an ice cream maker seemed like an obvious thing to put on our wedding registry. It was one of my favorite gifts, but Joe contended that I would never use it. Looks like he was right… Until now! I found a top-rated recipe for Pumpkin Ice Cream on the Willams & Sonoma website: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/pumpkin-ice-cream.html, and I knew it would be the perfect tasty treat to make in my ice cream maker for the very first time!

It was beyond dreamy. The spicy sweetness was not too over the top because the texture was so creamy and rich. I’ll be honest though, it was a lot more work than I expected. I should have known better than to just look at the ingredients… I completely disregarded reading through the entire recipe and I surely regret that. I dirtied a lot of pots and bowls, and there was so much cooling time necessary as you can’t put hot items into the ice cream maker. Unfortunately, I started this 2 hours before we were supposed to leave for supper so I rushed things along with multiple ice baths.

Ice baths alone are a headache! Do they specially make bowls for this? If so, I really needed a set on Thursday. I have nesting glass bowls so I figured it would be easy … not so. My problems arose from water sloshing around while I was stirring the hot custard to cool it faster. My solution? A cookie cutter at the base of the bowl! It allowed my hot mixing bowl to sit in the ice water with enough of the bowl sitting above the water level so I could stir without worry.  It also provided a sturdy, elevated base that meant I could go hands free without dropping the bowl into the ice water. I guess I no longer need those special bowls, do I?

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