Recipe: Gingerbread ice cream sandwiches

Recipe: Gingerbread  ice cream sandwiches

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Recipe: Gingerbread ice cream sandwiches

Recipe developer and food stylist Tanya Eng uses gingerbread s to put a holiday spin on a summer classic.




Ice cream

  • 2 vanilla beans, seeds scraped out
  • 3 cups 35% cream
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Gingerbread s

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup fancy molasses
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup turbinado or coarse sugar



Ice cream

1 To make the ice cream, place the vanilla bean seeds and pods in a medium saucepan along with the cream, sugar and milk, and bring to a simmer.

2 Whisk 2 ladles of the hot cream mixture into the egg yolks to temper, and stir into the saucepan.

3 Slowly cook the custard over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 170ºF; do not let the custard boil.

4 Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Strain the custard through a fine sieve into a wide shallow container.

5 Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 4 hours or overnight. Pour into an ice cream maker, following the manufacturer’s directions.

6 Transfer the ice cream to a container and keep frozen until ready to use.



Gingerbread s

1 To make the gingerbread s, whisk together the granulated and brown sugars and the oil in a large bowl, followed by the egg and the molasses.

2 In a separate medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, allspice and sea salt.

3 Mix the dry ingredients into the wet until combined. Form the dough into 1½" balls and roll in the turbinado sugar.

4 Arrange the balls 2" apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350ºF oven for 7 to 9 minutes, until cracked but still soft. Let the s cool completely before assembling.

5 Sandwich 2 s with 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream and keep in the freezer, individually wrapped in waxed paper, in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Makes: 16 sandwiches


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Recipe: Gingerbread ice cream sandwiches