Harvest Ice Cream Sundae

You probably thought ice cream season was over but this Harvest Sundae recipe will make you think again!  You'll be serving up Susty bowls piled high with this sweet Potato Ice Cream featuring notes of cinnamon, cloves.  
There are few desserts as comforting as an ice cream sundae: cold ice cream, warm fudge sauce, and crunchy sweet toppings, all come together into a bowl of delicious relaxation, especially after a long day.  For this sundae, we’ve combined the comfort of ice cream with the flavors of autumn to create a dessert that's the perfect way to wind down when you want something sweet.
The sweet potato ice cream gives a nice burst of fall flavor, perfectly suited to our Fall Collection of colorful tableware.  There’s a little cream cheese added to the mix for a zing and extra creaminess, as well as a maple brown sugar swirl, because, well, because it’s delicious!
We topped it off with a praline, a New Orleans classic dessert, which is a small, disk-shaped candy made of caramelized sugar, butter, and pecans.  It’s a perfect holiday treat, and adds an amazing chewy and crunchy texture to the sundae.  If you can’t find pralines in your part of the country, you can order them online, or replace them with some toasted pecans tossed in brown sugar.
And of course top it off with a cherry on a party pick!  But really feel free to add your own favorite toppings to the ice cream, as it’s really all about whatever you want!
Sweet Potato Ice Cream Base
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 T vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups fresh sweet potato puree*
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ T whole cloves
  • 1 T orange zest
  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • 4 oz cream cheese

Maple Brown Sugar Swirl

  • ½ stick butter
  • ½ cup crumbled pecans
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 3 pieces cooked bacon, crumbled (optional)


White Chocolate Sauce, made by whisking 2 T boiling heavy cream into 5 oz white chocolate with 1 T unsalted butter, to be used immediately. Pralines, or if you don’t have access to pralines, toasted pecans with brown sugar.

  1. Make sure the bowl of your ice cream maker has been freezing for at least 18 hours before starting this recipe.
  2. In a large pot, bring the whole milk, heavy cream, cinnamon sticks, and cloves to a boil and let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and strain out and discard the cinnamon sticks and cloves.
  3. Whisk the sugar and cream cheese into the milk mixture, until dissolved. You may have a few small chunks of cream cheese left, which is fine. Stir in the bourbon, vanilla, and orange zest.
  4. Mix in the sweet potato by adding the puree to the pot and using an immersion blender to completely blend all of the ingredients. If you do not have an immersion blender, carefully transfer the ice cream base to a standing blender and add the sweet potato puree, blend until combined.
  5. Once blended, strain the ice cream base into a heat-proof container and store in the refrigerator for at least 5 hours, or overnight.
  6. Before churning the ice cream, make the swirl by combining all ingredients in a saucepan and bringing to a boil over medium-high heat. Let simmer until a bit thicker than molasses. Remove from heat and let cool before adding to the ice cream. It may be slightly grainy from the brown sugar, but don’t sweat it, you won’t be able to tell in the finished product.
  7. Once the ice cream has chilled, follow the instructions on the ice cream maker to churn and freeze the ice cream. When the ice cream is almost done churning, evenly dollop in the brown sugar swirl.
  8. Remove from the ice cream maker and enjoy as soft serve or freeze for another two or four hours, until firm.
  9. Top with white chocolate sauce, pralines, toasted pecans, or a cherry, or all four!
*Prepare the sweet potato puree by microwaving two large sweet potatoes on Hi for 8 – 10 minutes, until completely soft. Let cool before removing the skin. Use a fork to mash the potatoes into a puree.
// Guest Post // Matt and Beau are a New Orleans-based couple who run the food and lifestyle blog, Probably This. On the website, they share original recipes for food and beverages, as well as style, dining, and design tips.