Apple Pie Ice Cream
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1 Quart
Ice Cream Base
  • 2 cups heavy cream (whipping cream)
  • 1 cup whole milk (homogenized milk)
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Apple Filling
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 medium apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  1. Pour 1 cup heavy cream into a heat-safe bowl, set in a large bowl filled with an ice bath (ice cubes + water). Rest a fine mesh sieve over the top of bowls.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine remaining cream, milk, brown sugar and salt. Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture starts to steam. Remove from heat.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks. Slowly whisk in some of the warm cream mixture, about ¼ cup at a time until it is about half cream in the bowl and the mixture is warm to the touch. By doing this gradually, you are tempering the yolks, rather than cooking them.
  4. Pour yolk mixture into saucepan and return to medium heat. Stir constantly until the mixture thickens for about 5-7 minutes or until it reaches 165ºF to 170ºF. Don't let it boil! I used a candy thermometer clipped to the side of the saucepan to make sure that I didn't get the mixture too hot.
  5. Pour mixture through the sieve into the cold cream. Add vanilla and stir.
  6. Cover tightly with plastic wrap, making sure to press the plastic wrap down onto the surface of cream mixture, preventing a skin from forming while it cools. Refrigerate until completely cool, at least 3 hours but overnight is ideal.
  7. To make the apples, melt the butter and then add the apples. Saute for a 5-10 minutes or until they begin to soften. Add in the brown sugar and cinnamon and cook until the sugar has all melted and the liquid begins to evaporate. Transfer the apple mixture to a small bowl, allow to cool and then cover and refrigerate overnight.
  8. The next day, put the apple mixture and half the custard into a food processor and puree until smooth.
  9. Pour the apple custard mixture, along with the rest of the custard into the freezing chamber of your ice cream maker. All manufacturers are different, but I found that with the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker we bought, it took about 25 minutes.
  10. Transfer ice cream to an air-tight container and freeze until firm, about 2 hours.
  11. Serve with Homemade Caramel Sauce (recipe below)
Recipe by Life at Cloverhill at