Okay, I’ll admit it.  I’m ready for fall.  In truth, this is much later in the season than these yearnings typically set in.  Last year it was in the first week of June!  It’s a bit of a conundrum…I am of course, still very much looking forward to lots more days of grilling out, summer mornings spent at the pool, not to mention the bounty of late summer harvests.  But alas, I’m yearning for sweatshirts, cozy mornings reading on the couch wrapped in a blanket, and lovely baked goods with warm fall spices.

I think this apple pie ice cream perfectly bridges the gap and satisfies my desire to continue enjoying summer despite the desire for fall.  I started with a French vanilla ice cream base infused with cinnamon and after churning, mixed in caramelized apples and some graham crackers.  We are definitely amazed with how much this tastes like apple pie.  You could also try mixing in bits of (baked) pie crust if you like, but I opted for the graham crackers because they hold their texture a little better than pie crust.  I hope you enjoy this as much as we do.  And if you still don’t have an ice cream maker…well, what are you waiting for?!


1 cup whole milk
¾ cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream, divided
Pinch of salt
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 cinnamon stick
6 large egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla extract

1½ tbsp. unsalted butter
3 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced (I prefer Granny Smith for cooking/baking)
1 tbsp. sugar
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1-2 tbsp. dark rum (optional)
1 cup graham crackers, chopped small


  • 01

    Combine the milk, sugar, 1 cup of the cream, and the salt in a medium saucepan.  Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the pan and drop in the vanilla pod and cinnamon stick.  Heat over medium-high, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is warmed through.  Remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let the mixture steep for 30 minutes.

  • 02

    Pour the remaining cup of cream into a bowl and set a fine mesh sieve over the top.  In a separate medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks until smooth.  Slowly pour the warm milk mixture into the bowl with the egg yolks, whisking constantly.  Return the entire mixture to the saucepan and place over medium heat.  Cook, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom of the pan, until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon (about 170˚-175˚ F).  Pour the custard through the mesh strainer into the bowl with the cream.  Stir in the vanilla.  Let cool slightly, then cover and refrigerate until completely chilled.

  • 03

    Before you churn the ice cream, prepare the apples.  Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat.  Add in the apples, sugar and cinnamon.  Stir to coat well.  Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the apples have become golden brown and have cooked down a bit, about 12-15 minutes.  Remove the pan from the heat, add the rum (if using), and cook once more until the liquid has burned off.  Remove from the heat and let cool.  Refrigerate briefly before adding to the ice cream.

  • 04

    Remove the vanilla bean and cinnamon stick from the ice cream batter before churning.  Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Once the ice cream is churned, add half of it to a storage container with half of the apple slices and half of the graham crackers.  Stir gently to combine.  Add in the remaining ice cream, apples and graham crackers, and stir once more until well combined.  Cover and freeze.


  • Hah, was just going to say I’d been thinking about fall – and this ice cream would totally hit the spot. This sounds delicious, love the addition of the graham crackers!

  • ~Samantha

    This looks and sounds delicious!! I am so excited because my birthday was on Wednesday and my husband got me the ice cream attachment for my kitchen aid…. Yay!!! So, bring on the ice cream in our house! Thanks for being a friend in the kitchen :)
    P.S. you can never go wrong with a sugar cone (house favorite here!) and the first thing that came to mind when I saw your photo was- I wonder if she made the cone, too!?!? :)

  • Jill

    This sounds delicious! There’s an apple pie ice cream that we love that’s sold at our local beach, and I bet this tastes really close to that.

    Fall is my favorite season. So, like you, I’m just waiting for it…

  • Cooking

    Have you ever made your own waffle comes? I am currently investigating. I found a few references that say you can use a panini press instead of buying a waffle come maker.

  • annieseats

    Not yet, but I’m planning to try my own cones very soon!

  • Brenna J

    I have been thinking about fall all week!! …about pumpkin donuts to be precise…. and this ice cream looks delicious! I will be making it very soon!! Thanks for the recipe!

  • I hear ya! I was sick from heat exhaustion this week (Boo!) and I was hardly even outside the day it came on. I actually love summer but normally we have such mild summers, my body is not built for the heat! James would be a happy man if I made him this ice cream, his favourite dessert ever is apple pie and ice cream. I must get on this! I love how you always come up with new and creative ways to take photos of ice cream! :)

  • Mya

    I guess we’re in the same boat! Here in Ontario, it’s 37 degrees and I must be the only one who is excited for Autumn! I got so excited that I baked an apple pie last night just for the smell of cinnamon and apples! I’ll def. have to try this ice cream, it will really set the tone on a hot summer nite!

  • Jamber50

    Annie!!! I am in love with you and your blog!!!! I hope you never stop! You have the best recipes EVER! Thank you for your great blog. You are an inspiration!!!!

  • Deborah

    I made your chocolate ice cream for the first time last week and it was delicious! My question for you is how do you keep it from freezing so hard you can’t even scoop it?

  • We’re on the same boat! All these fall-inspired recipes keep jumping at me, I’m trying to hold off at least until September. And with the way our lawn and everything is looking, it might as well already be fall! Ugh.

  • I’ve been dreaming about a similar recipe! I’ve got to try this.

  • Landseer

    MMmmmmmmm….Forbidden…… Apple pie ….Ice cream…..Mmmmmmmmm

  • annieseats

    Aw, thank you very much :) I am so glad you like it!

  • annieseats

    Aw, thanks Cheri! This one was particularly challenging so I’m glad you like the photos :)

  • annieseats

    Homemade ice cream will freeze harder than commercial ice creams simply due to the nature of home versus commercial equipment. The more fat in the ice cream and also if there is alcohol included, it will be easier to scoop. However, I find with most if you just let them sit at room temp for a couple of minutes they scoop just fine.

  • Karla

    Annie, I totally feel the desire for Fall. It usually starts in early July and I realize the fall and winter holidays are just right around the corner. Have a great weekend!

  • Lis

    Hi Annie! I really enjoy your blog, and I’ve tried many of the recipes, thanks for sharing! Try making sesame cones, they’re delicious and Black Sesame ice cream, yum!

  • Alice

    nooo! in the UK we still haven’t got summer yet.. today it was 11 degrees (centigrade!). i would do ANYTHING for a real summer, but i think it will be eternally autumn, rainy and windy!

  • Heather

    I think I just figured out what to use my birthday money for…an ice cream maker. Any particular brand, make or model?

  • This sounds amazinggg. two of my favorite things together!

  • annieseats

    Please see the Annie’s equipment section in the right sidebar :)

  • I think this just gave me the last reason I need to buy an ice cream maker!

  • Mmm the ice cream place back home (Abbots) had apple pie ice cream sometimes. IT was so good! Love that I can make it at home.

  • Tara

    Have you ever had your ice cream get a gritty or curdled/sticky type consistency to it in spots? I’ve tried your ice cream recipes a few times with my KA ice cream attachment and can’t get the consistency to get smooth. Suggestions?

  • coxfitzchronicles.com

    Looks gorgeous! But I find it v. hard to believe that you are ever sitting around reading in the morning. I have a 2 & 4 year old and that is NOT happening over here!!


  • annieseats

    I wake up super early and my kids are great sleepers :)

  • annieseats

    Hmm, I’ve never experienced that myself. I’m not sure why that would happen but it sounds like possibly uneven freezing? But the KA is what I use so I can’t imagine that is it. I’ve never heard of that happening before!

  • Wow! 2 great things in 1!

  • Suze

    I cannot wait to make this!!! I just made the Philly-style vanilla the other day. I am doing low-carb/sugars so will use erythritol instead of sugar (worked great in the vanilla) and skip the graham crackers. I have to get apples. Today.
    We had recently bought the Cuisinart ice cream maker to make low carb ice cream and had nearly given up until finding Annie’s recipes. :-) Commercial low carb ice cream is very limited in choice and not nearly as good.
    One piece of advice – I know it is hard to wait until the cooked stuff is really chilled in the fridge, to put it in the ice cream maker. Just do it. We waited until pretty late in the day to do this and thought we had waited long enough. NOT. Our ice cream maker had to go quite awhile before it could freeze the ice cream. It finally did, but it was our bad it took so long. With this recipe, I’d recommend making sure the apples are really chilled down, too, lol.

  • Oh my, I have to do this like right now, I´m drooling over the keyboard as I type. Fall is my favorite time of the year as well.

  • Yep, I’m ready for fall, too. Let’s do a rain dance to bring it on :) Stunning ice cream!

  • If you are looking for Autumn, that means we can expect Spring soon please? I’m sick of winter already! Your apple pie ice cream looks divine. I can’t wait to try it. There is nothing in The Perfect Scoop that’s not amazing.

  • Ashley

    Annie, what kind of ice cream maker do you use? I don’t have one and am unsure of which one I should invest in. Thank you in advance!

  • Apple Pie ice cream? Hmmm???? I love apple pie ala mode and I bet an ice cream that captures those flavors is yummy. I am always looking for interesting ice cream flavors to try.

  • sweetbasil

    That sounds so delicious right now. I swear I can already taste it!

  • annieseats

    Please see the Annie’s equipment section in the sidebar. Thanks!

  • Suzannah

    As much as I love summer (I’m a teacher!) I love fall too, solely because it’s time for your pumpkin cream cheese muffins.

  • I cannot even tell you how excited I am about this recipe! I had apple pie gelato in the UK and haven’t found anything to compare, this might just be perfect!

  • I loved summer when I lived in a cooler environment. Now I’m in hot hot hot Alabama and totally hear you on being ready for fall, and sweaters. My kid is ready to be able to go to the park again. Maybe I can ease the pain a bit by making this ice cream.

  • Apple pie ice cream is the perfect transition to fall! I don’t blame you for wanting some cooler weather either! It’s just too dang hot sometimes… :) that’s what makes this recipe perfect for a time like this!

  • Had this once at the Apple Barn in the Smokies. Alas, my list of to-do’s keeps getting longer…

  • Kita

    Wow. This sounds like heaven. Perfect for the days of summer when the longing for fall start to sneak into my mind.

  • lehar

    Annie, i love how you incorporated a dessert into ice-cream. Pure genius! Have you ever tried this with other desserts? Cheesecake, perhaps? You might think i’m crazy but a while back i hade tasted a frozen cheesecake and since then i havent been able to drop the idea of cheesecake in ice-cream.

  • annieseats

    Cheesecake ice cream is a pretty popular flavor but I haven’t made one that I loved yet. It’s definitely on the list.

  • Leah

    Just want you to know that I made this ice cream for my brother’s birthday yesterday – we went the extra mile and added your vanilla bean caramel
    topping – WOW! Such a perfect combination – who needs cake?

  • Amber

    By far my favorite ice-cream ever! We’ve made this twice now and it is sooooooooo good!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe! ♥