Homemade Gingerbread Ice Cream




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Homemade Gingerbread Ice Cream ~ my latest ice cream obsession is bursting with the warm spicy flavor of the best gingerbread!

Every once in a while I create a recipe that surprises even me.  That’s the case with this amazing gingerbread ice cream.  I was expecting to love it because I love gingerbread, I love molasses, and I’ve made spiced ice creams before (they’ve been some of my very favorites!)  But this particular combination blew me away ~ it’s one of the most unique ice creams I’ve ever tasted, and every single person who I allowed to take a taste agreed.  I really really hope you try it before the season’s out, I think you’ll be as enchanted as I am.

The flavor of this gingerbread ice cream is so bold that you don’t need anything but a bowl and a spoon to enjoy it, but I can’t help fantasizing about topping it with a hot fudge or caramel sauce.  You can see I’ve already sandwiched it between gingersnap cookies for an extra special frozen treat, and I think it would be great as the base of a holiday affogato.  There are so many possibilities!

The recipe is a simple mix of heavy cream, lowfat milk, spices, sugar, and molasses, with just a touch of vanilla.  If I had to guess, it’s the molasses that makes the magic happen.

One interesting discovery is that the molasses in the mix kept the ice cream from freezing rock hard like most homemade ice creams do.  It froze to the perfect consistency and then stayed that way.  Love that!

Some of my all time favorite homemade ice creams are spice flavored, here are a few recipes to try ~

I know when I’ve got a winning recipe when I can’t even look at the photos without my heart starting to beat a little faster.  Excuse me while I go make another pint…


Which ice cream machine do I recommend?

I get asked all the time about what machine I use. I use and recommend Cuisinart. I’ve had my machine for years without any issues, I think because there are no fussy electronic parts to break down ~ it’s a simple motor that turns the freezer bowl for churning the ice cream and it works quickly and perfectly every time.

  • The machine I use, and it’s the base model. It works great for ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbets, and makes all of them in about 2o minutes. Click HERE or click on the image for more info.

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Homemade Gingerbread Ice Cream

Yield: serves 6

Homemade Gingerbread Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup low fat milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp molasses

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together all the ingredients. Stir long enough so that the sugar is dissolved and the molasses has been completely incorporated.
  2. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and process according to your machine's directions. For me the ice cream takes about 25 minutes.
  3. Turn the soft ice cream into a container, cover with plastic wrap, and put in the freezer to firm up, this will take a minimum of 4-6 hours, or overnight.

Make it your own ~

  • You can play with the spice combination a bit, but don’t leave out the molasses if you want this ice cream to taste like gingerbread.
  • I’d be tempted to try a chocolate version…add cocoa powder along with the spices, or heat the cream mixture on the stove and add finely chopped chocolate, stir until everything is smooth.  Then chill the mixture thoroughly before processing.
  • MAKE IT NO-CHURN ~ whip the heavy cream, and substitute sweetened condensed milk for the lowfat milk.  Eliminate or reduce the sugar, and blend everything together.  Pour it into a loaf pan and freeze until scoop-able.

 

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    Blue
    October 7, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Lovely recipe. thinking of possibly adding some roasted walnuts… thank you for sharing this recipe and the products! Please direct me to your post do that may make those cookies as well?!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 7, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      Hi Blue ~ those cookies are store bought gingersnaps, but I do have a ginger molasses cookie that would work great, as well, here.

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    Jennifer
    July 7, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Can you substitute whole milk for the low fat?

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 7, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      Yes, sure.

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    2 Sisters Recipes
    December 22, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Can’t wait to try this flavor ice cream! Love everything about it Sue – sounds amazing!
    Have a wonderful holiday Sue!

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    Karly
    December 21, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    These are everything. As if I didn’t already have a weakness for straight up gingerbread cookies, this takes things to a whole new level. MUST try!

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    cakespy
    December 21, 2017 at 4:27 am

    Magic is in the molasses indeed here! What a wonderful idea. You know, I just found myself dreaming of an affogato with this ice cream, and it was a beautiful vision.

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 21, 2017 at 8:14 am

      I think we need to make some affogato tonight :)

  • Reply
    Ginny
    December 20, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    I can see why you went so crazy over the flavors! It really does sound delicious. I bet the molasses really puts it over the top.

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    traci the kitchen girl
    December 20, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Sue…I’m in love with this idea! And your photog does it ALL the justice. Can’t wait to try this out…what a perfect holiday treat!

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    Joyce
    December 20, 2017 at 11:09 am

    I love the flavours of ginger and molasses combined together – it’s quite comforting to me which leads me to think that this will definitely blow my socks off because my tastes buds will be shocked by the cooling sensation of the ice cream. You are brilliant. The ripples in your ice cream look fantastically creamy too – I am dying to try this. Happy Holidays Sue! :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 20, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Thanks for the nice words, Joyce, and happy holidays to you too!

  • Reply
    Lisa Huff
    December 20, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Whoah! My husband would love this! He can’t get enough gingerbread this time of year.

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 20, 2017 at 9:48 am

      It’s such an addictive flavor!

  • Reply
    John/Kitchen Riffs
    December 20, 2017 at 7:40 am

    What a fun way to sneak gingerbread flavor into a dish! Love the idea of this ice cream — very creative. Thanks. And Happy Holidays!

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 20, 2017 at 8:05 am

      Thanks John, I thought it was rather brilliant myself ;) Happy Holidays!!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    December 20, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Love everything about this! So fun and festive and I can just imagine those flavours :) Have a wonderful Holiday Sue!

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 20, 2017 at 7:19 am

      Thanks Jennifer, I’m so in love with this ice cream :) Have a lovely holiday too :)

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    December 20, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Yes indeed, this is going on my list of must make recipes! I know I would love it with all those warm spices in a creamy cool treat. Very yummy :)

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    December 20, 2017 at 4:03 am

    It’s too cold for me to have ice cream in deep winter, but I do love the idea of warming spices and molasses in ice cream. Really unique, creamy and delicious.

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      Sue
      December 20, 2017 at 7:20 am

      I always make one or two (or three!) homemade ice creams on the blog every winter, I think there are certain flavors that just scream to be made this time of year. Happy Holidays Angie <3

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    Chris Scheuer
    December 20, 2017 at 3:50 am

    Excuse me if I stop right in the middle of this comment and run to the kitchen! Oh my, this looks crazy delish! :)

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