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I am not a pumpkin pie kinda girl. Apple pie is more to my liking. This year for Thanksgiving, I decided to skip the pie all together and serve up Apple Pie Ice Cream topped with delicious caramel sauce instead. It tastes exactly like a slice of apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, only with half the work.
You can use any ice cream maker to make apple pie ice cream. Just make sure to follow the freezing instructions for the unit you own. I used our Zoku Ice Cream Makers which freezes a bowl of ice cream in just 10 minutes. I really love our instant freeze Zoku ice cream bowls for making yummy desserts at the last minute or when we have unexpected guests because I can whip up a batch of ice cream in less than 15 minutes.
This apple pie ice cream is very easy to make and you only need a few basic ingredients including milk, cream, sugar, cinnamon, apples and graham crackers to get started. To get the authentic apple pie flavor infused into the ice cream, I cooked the apples in sugar and cinnamon until they were soft and tender. The cooked apples taste just like the filling in an apple pie. To replicate the flavor of the pie crust, I used graham crackers. I then blended the cooked apples and graham crackers into the milk and cream and froze the mixture in our Zoku Ice Cream Makers.
I topped our apple pie ice cream using the Pioneer Woman’s easy caramel sauce recipe. It is super easy to make, fool-proof and tastes absolutely delicious. I could seriously eat this stuff by the spoonfuls, it is that good! If you don’t want to make your own, you could pick up a jar of caramel sauce from the grocery store instead.
Tip: It is very important to work with the coldest ingredients possible when making ice cream. I like to put my milk and cream mixtures back into the fridge for at least 30 minutes after mixing to ensure they are at their coldest before adding to the ice cream maker. The same goes for the add-ins. The cooked apples need to be completely cooled before adding to the ice cream otherwise you will end up with little melted pockets of ice cream that don’t freeze properly. I also like to put the graham crackers and nuts (if you are using) in the fridge too so all the ingredients are extra cold.
- 2 large or 3 medium apples
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon cinammon
- 1 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 jar caramel sauce
- 6 graham cracker squares, broken into bite-sized pieces
- 1/2 cup walnuts (optional)
- Peel and core 2 large or 3 medium apples. Cut into bite-sized pieces.
- Combine the chopped apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter in a saucepan and cook over medium heat for 5-7 until the apples are softened. Stir constantly to avoid burning the sugar.
- Remove the cooked apples from the stove and allow to cool. Put the apples into the fridge for at least 30 minutes because they need to be really cold before they can be added to the rest of the ingredients.
- In a bowl or large measuring cup, combine the milk, cream, white sugar and vanilla.
- Pour the milk mixture into your ice cream maker and freeze according to the instructions included with your unit.
- During the last couple of minutes of churning, add the cooked apples and broken graham cracker pieces. If you normally like nuts in your apple pie, you could add a 1/2 cup of walnuts at this time.
- Scoop the ice cream into bowls and top with caramel sauce.
- Dig in and enjoy!
This post is part of the Pinterest Party Thanksgiving Blog Hop. Pinterest Party is a Facebook group for pinners who love to collaborate and share. If you’re gathering ideas for Thanksgiving, be sure to follow along as each post is published. Here’s the schedule:
October 18 How to Cook a Turkey for Thanksgiving
October 21 Apple Pie Ice Cream (that’s me)
October 22 Pumpkin Shortbread
October 23 Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe
October 24 Easy Pumpkin Pie Recipe
October 25 Unique Thanksgiving Cake Decorating Ideas
October 26 Classic Cranberry Pecan Bread
October 27 Deviled Eggs Recipe
October 28 Beautiful Table Linens for Thanksgiving