I love gingerbread. Gingerbread cookies, gingerbread lattes, gingerbread everything – love it! I’ve been meaning to try to make gingerbread ice cream since around Christmas, but I kept putting it off and forgetting and then I decided to paint my kitchen cabinets, etc. So finally this weekend I decided to make it.
It turned out much better than I thought it would! I thought this would be one of those recipes I’d be posting and tagging with “disaster!” There are a few things I would change next time around. I would reduce the amount of sugar, use less molasses, and a little bit more ginger. But it is really good, and I’ll be making another batch with those things adjusted.
Ice Cream Base
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk (2% or whole)
6 egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar (½ would probably be better)
¼ tsp kosher salt
Gingerbread Flavoring Mixture
2/3 cup molasses (½ would probably be better)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp ginger (½ would probably be better)
Whisk together molasses, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and ginger and set aside.
Heat heavy cream and milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, until it’s very hot – but do not let it boil. While it’s heating, whisk (or beat using stand mixer with wire whip attachment) the egg yolks and sugar together.
Add ¼ cup of the milk and cream mixture to the egg mixture gradually, whisking constantly. Continuing to whisk, gradually add the remaining milk and cream mixture. (Adding gradually and whisking constantly are really important here. Otherwise you’ll end up with yucky cooked eggs instead of an ice cream base.)
Return the mixture to the saucepan and heat over medium-low heat and cook until it reaches 170°. At this point, the mixture should have thickened and should be able to coat the back of a wooden spoon.
Remove the ice cream base from the heat and strain through a mesh strainer. Whisk in the molasses mixture. Cover and let it come to room temperature, then place in the refrigerator and chill for 8+ hours.
Follow the directions for your ice cream maker. I churned for 20 minutes using the ice cream maker attachment for the KitchenAid stand mixer.
Transfer the ice cream to containers and freeze for 4+ hours before serving.