Ice Cream made even richer with cream cheese in the base, studded with crunchy gingerbread bits!
The recipe for the gingerbread used can be found here: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Gramercy-Tavern-Gingerbread-103087
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Gingerbread Crumbs: Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC) Crumble the bread into small, bite-sized bits. The largest should be no bigger than a kernel of corn.
Spread on the baking sheet and cook for 20 to 30 minutes (because of how moist gingerbread typically is, you will likely need closer to the 30 min mark, but adjust if using a drier bread recipe), stirring a few times during baking, until the bread bits are well-toasted and crunchy.
Ice cream base: Heat the milk, 1/2 cup of heavy cream, sugar and salt in a saucepan.
Pour the remaining 1 cup cream (250 ml) into a medium-sized bowl and the cubes or cream cheese or sour cream. Set a mesh strainer over the top and ready an ice bath.
In a separate bowl, stir together the egg yolks. Gradually pour some of the warm milk mixture into the yolks, whisking constantly as you pour. Scrape the warmed yolks and milk back into the saucepan.
Cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a heat-resistant spatula, until the custard thickens enough to coat the spatula.
Strain the custard into the heavy cream and cream cheese and stir until smooth. Stir in the vanilla and whiskey, if using. Set bowl into ice bath to cool quickly.
Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, preferably overnight, then freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once churned, quickly fold in about two-thirds of the brown bread crumbs, or as much as to your liking, then store the ice cream in the freezer until firm and ready to serve.