So I’m on a new mission to make at least 1 new flavor of homemade ice cream per month. My friend Bonnie and I are taking this mission very seriously. So far I have made 4 flavors: Banana Caramel Chunk, Espresso Almond, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, and now Apple Pie a la Mode. All of which have turned out far superior then I thought they would. And she has made Bacon Chocolate, Carrot Cake, and Raspberry Mint Chocolate frozen yogurt. I haven’t tried the raspberry yet, but the first 2 flavors were $$$$.

Up to this point I have never really been into making homemade ice cream. I just assume buy the fun flavors already made in the freezer section. But now, after making some of my own flavors, I don’t know if I can ever buy another store bought ice cream. Sure, they taste good. But homemade tastes so much better. And you know exactly what ingredients you are consuming.

Somehow when you put that much effort into making something, it also tastes better. When making a batch of ice cream takes about 30 minutes to make the base, 2 hours to cool, then 30 minutes to churn, you are freaking ready to eat that dang ice cream! A few spoon fulls, and I am so satisfied!

October is National Apple Month, which is what inspired this flavor.

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp coarse salt
3 c whole milk
5 large egg yolks
2 tbsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup store bought apple pie filling (chopped into small bite sized chunks)
*You can make your own, I just had some randomly on hand leftover from a party we had the previous weekend.
graham crackers chunks (I used about 4 graham crackers)

Warm the milk on the stove over med heat. Heat until the sides start to bubble.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and salt. Slowly pour warm milk into egg yolks, whisking constantly. Then scrape the warmed yolks back into the saucepan.

Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula or wooden spoon, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Pour mixture through the strainer and stir in the vanilla extract and ground cinnamon. Then stir until cool over ice bath.

Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze in your ice cream maker according to the instructions. During the last few minutes of churning, add the apple pie chunks and graham crackers.

Store in an airtight container in the freezer.