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Gingerbread ice cream – Czech model – ICE CREAM NATION

On gingerbread and Pernek

A lot has already been written on this weblog about gingerbread – a cookie custom with roots in medieval occasions, and in periods additionally believed to be good for each your well being and to your character (making you kinder), in addition to having the ability to keep at bay evil powers! In different phrases  – an ideal Christmas ice cream! This weblog already has quite a lot of gingerbread ice cream recipes  in several kinds (strive “gingerbread” within the search-function!) however there’s all the time room for extra, proper?

Prague, the attractive Czech capital. In the event you go there, don’t miss a go to to the Gingerbread Museum!


Pernik, the normal Czech gingerbread cookie, just like the opposite outdated European gingerbread traditions, depends upon a mess of fragrant spices! And with a historical past spanning the centuries, it isn’t stunning that there are various types of the precise spice combine! Many households and gingerbread bakers favour “their” explicit model so I made a decision to do the identical!

Czech basic gingerbread – a real spice symphony! What number of are you able to establish (two are combined into one heap on this image)?

My very personal Pernik flavour combine consists of seven totally different spices and a few different components widespread for a number of Czech recipes that I’ve studied (thoughts you: some basic Perniks maintain as much as 9 totally different spices!). Honey and lemon zest are different basic components, in addition to a bit alcohol. Rhum gave the impression to be notably favoured within the recipes I learn, so I went with that: in the event you don’t need any alcohol, you may exclude it. Nonetheless, in the event you add it already through the cooking part, most of it ought to evaporate anyway.

The mixed quantity of spices on this recipe is kind of excessive, however since coldness dulls flavours, we wish to be sure that they handle to punch by means of!


The making of the ice cream – No cookies required, and a simplified custard base

Making cookie ice cream tends to supply the maker two predominant decisions: To make use of cookies or not.

Utilizing cookies is helpful – notably if you have already got cookies made: simply make a impartial ice cream base and add the cookies as add-ins.

Not utilizing cookies can be helpful (once you don’t have the required cookies): on this case, put together your ice cream base with the numerous spices/particular components that make up the cookies.

Each strategies have their benefits (and you could possibly after all additionally mix them!). In an effort to actually let the spice combine shine, I opted for the latter this time!

For the ice cream base, I wished one thing that would present a wealthy, nice physique for the spice flavours whereas avoiding the various egg yolks that sometimes go right into a basic custard base.

You’ll be able to go along with your personal favorite base right here, however I opted for a “simplified custard base“: the proportions of cream and milk are just like what one may discover in a Philly-style non-cook base however we’ll add a few entire eggs for a “contact of custard” and a few additional improved consistency. Custard recipes sometimes solely use egg yolks however there isn’t a hurt in utilizing the entire eggs on this recipe!

Utilizing uncooked eggs requires pasteurisation with a purpose to keep away from the small however current threat of salmonella: in our case, we’ll merely observe the same old steps for custard base ice cream-making and produce our combine to a temperature of about 77-82º C/170-179º F.

Making the ice cream could be very easy: put all components in a sauce pan (probably saving the rhum for later, if utilizing), whisk effectively and produce to the required temperature.

All these spices want a great whisking!

As soon as the bottom has reached the required temperature, take off from the warmth and let settle down. Then chill in your fridge for just a few hours or over night time.

The bottom about to chill down.


Take the chilled base and – in the event you don’t fancy stable remnants of the spices in your ice cream – go it by means of a sieve. Then pour the bottom into your ice cream machine and churn! (No ice cream machine? – Use your unusual family freezer and still-freeze the ice cream!)

Churning the Czech gingerbread ice cream. Notice the stable remnants of spices seen alongside the perimeters of the bowl: I clearly didn’t sieve the bottom earlier than churning. Whereas gravity is prone to place any solids within the backside, you’re suggested to easily take away them from the bottom earlier than the churning (I didn’t thoughts, however my son certain did …).


The Czech gingerbread ice cream

Pernik (Czech gingerbread) ice cream


The Pernik ice cream is tasty, advanced and pleasantly wealthy: an ideal, even barely refined Christmas ice cream, with a pleasant mouthfeel. Simply considering what spices you’re in a position to establish provides to the tasting-fun! The sheer variety of spices is clearly a part of what makes this gingerbread ice cream so particular. Myself and all different adults who’ve tried the ice cream prefer it lots however the flavour complexity admittedly goes effectively past the “standard-modern gingerbread biscuit”. Notably youngsters who could also be anticipating extra of a “normal gingerbread” could also be upset, so regulate expectations or let this be one of many grownup treats this Christmas 😉 .


Gingerbread ice cream – Czech model



  • 400 ml (1¾ cups) cream
  • 250 ml (1 cup) milk
  • 50 ml (1/5 cup) bitter cream
  • 100 ml (1/2 cup) sugar
  • 2 entire eggs
  • 3 teaspoons floor cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons floor ginger
  • 1½ teaspoon floor allspice
  • 1 teaspoon floor nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon floor cloves
  • 2 teaspoon floor cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon floor fennel
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons honey (about 25-30 ml: liquid is okay)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • (elective) 1-2 tablespoons rhum
  1. Put all of the ice cream base components (cream, milk, bitter cream, sugar, honey, eggs and – probably additionally the rhum) in a saucepan. Combine effectively and add the spices, the lemon zest and the baking soda.
  2. Whereas whisking, deliver the combo to about 77-82º C/170-179º F.
  3. Take off the ice cream base from the range, optionally add the rhum if not already added, and let settle down.
  4. Let the bottom chill within the fridge for just a few hours or over night time.
  5. Churn in your ice cream machine (or still-freeze utilizing your kitchen freezer)!

If utilizing, the rhum may both be added along with all the opposite components to start with (wherein case a lot of the alcohol will evaporate through the cooking), OR be added to the completed base. I go away the selection to you, pricey reader!


Krtek, the a lot beloved mole by the Czech animator Zdenek Miler.


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