Don’t put your ice cream maker in storage just yet! These delicious fall ice cream recipes are the perfect thing for those of you still waiting on cooler temps, and even if you’ve already got a nip in the air, they’re a fun way to à la mode all your fall baking.
Having lived in LA for a few decades, I know all too well the pain of pumpkin-spice-latte season peaking while it’s still 100F outside.
Maybe that’s why I’ve accumulated a nice little collection of fall-themed frozen treats here on the blog. For those of you not battling the heat, I’ve included some yummy pairing suggestions to take your fall and holiday dessert plans over the top!
The bright, tart flavor of cranberries is unique, and the color is out-of-this-world gorgeous! I find that strong tart fruits like cranberry (and lemon) make fabulous ice cream flavors, so grab a few extra bags of berries next time you see them, you’re gonna want to make this on repeat all fall.
Pairing Suggestion ~ Flourless Belgian Chocolate Cake
Cranberry and chocolate go unexpectedly great together. I think a scoop of creamy, tart, cranberry ice cream over a warm slice of flourless chocolate cake would be a pretty amazing way to end a holiday meal.
This ice cream has a sweet, nostalgic flavor that I just love. You don’t see it in ice cream shops much anymore, and it’s such a shame. It’s wonderful as is, but imagine it scooped over a warm apple crisp or apple fritter bread just out of the oven!
Pairing Suggestion ~ Roasted Banana Bread with Walnuts
A simple loaf or pound cake can easily be elevated to elegant-dessert-material with a scoop of ice cream. The toasty notes in my roasted banana bread with walnuts would compliment the maple ice cream beautifully.
No ice cream maker required ~ this quick and easy pumpkin spice ice cream tastes just like pumpkin pie in ice cream form. Make it in the morning and it will be perfectly scoopable by dinner.
Pairing Suggestion ~ Black Bottom Bourbon Pecan Pie
Get all your Thanksgiving dessert fixes in one fell swoop by making my black bottom bourbon pecan pie and topping it with pumpkin spice ice cream!
Honey is one of the world’s most amazing foods, and there are over 300 different types worldwide, each one with a unique flavor profile and color. Compare that to plain old granulated sugar!
pairing suggestion ~ Butter Pecan Shortbread
A scoop of honey ice cream turns a square of nutty pecan shortbread into a company worthy dessert.
I really love the unusual pairing of fall spices with creamy, cool ice cream. This gingerbread ice cream uses molasses for an authentic flavor. It’s one of my favorite ice cream recipes on the blog, so if you love gingerbread, give it a try.
Pairing Suggestion ~ Gluten Free Pear Crisp
Every crisp needs a great ice cream to complete it, and I think the warm spices in my gingerbread ice cream would be amazing with a fresh pear crisp. In fact, I know the flavor combination is a winner, because I’ve got a Spiced Gingerbread Pear Crumble on the blog, too!
A little goes a long way with spiked ice cream, so I like to serve it in cocktail glasses. It’s the perfect dessert all by itself after any meal ~ think of it as an extra delicious digestif!
Pairing suggestion ~ Scottish Shortbread
A sophisticated pairing from the British Isles!
If you love caramel, this is your dessert, the texture is mind-blowingly smooth, silky and… custardy! I’m racking my poor brain for adjectives here — this is truly unlike anything I’ve ever had before.
pairing suggestion ~ Rustic Apple Galette
The rich caramel dulce de leche is an obvious pairing with a fall apple tart.
Nutmeg is one of those under appreciated fall spices. I keep a ready supply and I always grind it fresh, the heady aroma comes through even in ice cream!
Pairing Suggestion ~ Maple Glazed Oatmeal Cookies
Which ice cream machine do I recommend?
I get asked all the time about what machine I use. I use and recommend Cuisinart. I’ve had my machine for years without any issues, I think because there are no fussy electronic parts to break down ~ it’s a simple motor that turns the freezer bowl for churning the ice cream and it works quickly and perfectly every time.
The machine I use, and it’s the base model. It works great for ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbets, and makes all of them in about 2o minutes. Click HERE or click on the image for more info.