Fall is in full swing, which means pumpkin everything. I take every opportunity I humanly can to incorporate fall flavors into everything this time of year and no food or drink is off limits! In Ohio, it’s still pretty warm during the days which makes ice cream a perfect treat for basking in the weekend harvest sunlight.
You guys might remember my method for ‘making’ ice cream and how I don’t really make it at all. I don’t have an ice cream maker, so I take a fabulous short-cut that allows for infinite customizations. As I plan out the menu for an upcoming harvest party I’m planning, I wanted to stay away from pies and cakes since I’ll make those later in the fall season (just wait!). I really wanted to incorporate something sweet, light, and cool – the perfect treat for after a hearty dinner. Adding in the coffee and rum flavors of Kahlúa is perfect for our crowd too. Who doesn’t love a little after dinner liqueur?
What’s even better is that this recipe has a whopping four ingredients. Roll up your sleeves and let’s make some fall ice cream!
If you’re not into piping out chocolate leaves, I would add some dark chocolate chunks directly into the ice cream! Pumpkin and chocolate is a wonderful combo and the richness of the chocolate would add a lot of depth to the otherwise light and spice forward mixture.
The chocolate leaves aren’t too hard though! I put some melted dark chocolate into a squeeze bottle (or you can use a piping bag/tip). Print out some leaf shapes from the internet to use as a guide and place it under your parchment. Pipe out your leaves within the shapes and let them harden in the freezer.
The chocolate leaves add such a cute touch and are a beautiful way to add edible decor into your fall entertaining! Imagine a few of these scattered around your dessert table or just ready for people to nibble in a cute little bowl?
One of the best things about this recipe is that you can make it ahead, but it still is so festive and custom that folks will be blown away by your amazing skills. One caveat is that since you don’t boil the liquid ingredients like you do with many home-made ice creams, I would reserve this recipe for adults only.
So, this is my take on an early fall dessert, what would yours be?
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