Sunday, October 10, 2010

Shake It

My Pumpkin Milkshake Creation

It started as a simple craving: I wanted something pumpkin flavored.

I wasn't really feeling inspired to bake (i.e.: I'm lazy), so pie and bread were both out of the running.

I found some people online who consider pumpkin and peanut-butter sandwiches to be an easy treat...but I wanted something that actually sounded edible. (Yeah, that's right: I'm one of those knock-it-even-if-you-haven't-tried-it kinda girls. Deal with it.)

Then it hit me: a pumpkin milkshake! I had never had any form of pumpkin ice cream personally, but the Pumpkin Pie Blizzard got a rave review from my sister during a recent trip to DQ. Thus I was persuaded. :)

I hopped on Google and started hunting for recipes. Right away I found quite a few for multiple servings. Instead of going to all the trouble of shrinking one of the recipes, I decided to glean main ingredients from a couple of recipes and then just guesstimate the amounts. I ended up tossing in canned pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, vanilla, milk, whipping cream, and vanilla ice cream. I have no idea what amounts I used. It was all very scientific.

By this point you may be wondering how it all turned out. Well, have you ever heard those stories about people combining a bunch of different recipes/ingredients/techniques and accidentally winding up with an amazing new concoction? Something so delicious that the tale of its creation gets told over and over? Well, this is not one of those stories. My Pumpkin Milkshake was a flop. I'm left with an unpleasant taste in my mouth and a partially used can of pumpkin.

Speaking of which, I'm a little nervous about using that canned pumpkin for a non-baking project. Multiple internet sources report that canned pumpkin is indeed cooked during the canning process, but the internet has been known to lie. In other words, if I die tonight do not rule out Death by Pumpkin Milkshake. Ha. Now that would be a story that gets told over and over...

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