I know it isn’t quite July, but close enough. I assume you have planned out your 4th of July menu? No? Well, dessert is now decided. It’s easy, delicious, and a bit surprising: gingerbread ice cream sandwiches.
Gingerbread need not be reserved for just Christmas. But no one really wants a rich, spicy cake when it is 100 degrees out. Gingerbread just seems way too heavy all by its lonesome. But freeze it and add some ice cream? Well, that is a whole different ball game.
This treat is fast and easy to make. You do have to turn your oven on, but only for 30 minutes, tops, including preheating. It doesn’t have to be perfect (I think it looks better if it is not), can be cut to any size you want, and you can even use whatever ice cream you want. Although I think vanilla is best, but that’s just me.
Thanks to Gourmet Live Blog for suggesting this in the first place. Apparently June 5th is “National Gingerbread Day.” Yes, that does make perfect sense. I just don’t know why.
This recipe is also a one bowl wonder. One more reason to love it, right?
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Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwiches
From Gourmet Live
Yield: One half sheet pan of cake; sandwiches will depend on how you make them
Time: 10 minutes to make batter; 15 minutes to bake; 10 minutes to spread ice cream and cut into sandwiches
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup molasses (not blackstrap)
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 cups AP flour
- 2/3 cup boiling water
- 1 1/2 qt ice cream (vanilla is my preference)
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter a half sheet pan (cookie sheet) and then line with parchment.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the butter, brown sugar, molasses, and egg. Then add the ginger, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and flour. Mix until combined. It will be a bit thick at this point. Add your boiling water and stir. It will thin to a nice cake batter.
3. Spread on your sheet pan. Try to make it even, but not a huge deal if it isn’t perfect. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely. To speed things up, put it in the freezer.
4. Let your ice cream soften at room temperature. It will be easier to spread when it is soft.
5. Cut the entire sheet in half crosswise, basically into two squares. One will be your top, one will be your bottom. Spread the ice cream on one side. Top with the other. Freeze until ice cream is set again. Cut into desired sizes and shapes. Yes, a cookie cutter would be just fine here. You’ll just have to eat the scraps though. So terrible, huh?
6. Freeze until ready to eat. You can wrap them in parchment and freeze or just use a freezer bag. They keep quite nicely.