Emeril, oh Emeril. You won me over by including an ice cream recipe in your cookbook, Kicked-Up Sandwiches. I’m finally getting around to posting my experience making these lovely sandwiches, and I’m so happy to share the final results with you!
I must admit that I made the ginger ice cream at the beginning of October. For those that have been following SGE, I participated in a #SeriousSandwich Cookalong with several other amazing bloggers where I made several recipes out of Emeril’s new cookbook, Kicked-Up Sandwiches. All of this happened during the month of October.
So, why am I just now posting this recipe?
Emeril asks you to grab some crystallized ginger to crumble on top of the cookies before they bake. I seriously could not find crystallized ginger ANYWHERE. I called grocery stories, called my friends, nothing – thanks to Tavia at Morrow Cookbooks, who found more than she needed for her cookies, she sent me some. Talk about an amazing network of people, eh?
When I first received my copy of Kicked-Up Sandwiches, I never would have thought that Emeril would include ice cream sandwiches, let alone a full dessert section. I’m not a big sweets person, but I AM a huge fan of making my own ice cream.
This ginger ice cream has a fantastic flavor and is incredibly creamy. What I love about it even more than the flavor is that it is eggless, so instead of being a custard, it’s milkier like a Philadelphia-style ice cream.
The cookies were a little more intimidating. I’m not much of a baker and I don’t claim to be one, but Emeril makes the process pretty easy. Molasses gives the dark brown color to the batter, while ground ginger adds extra spice to the mix. I did as was told and let the dough sit in the refrigerator overnight. The batter was pretty sticky when I shaped the cookies, but they look almost identical to the ones in his cookbook pictures.
Once they finished cooling, the cookies stayed soft. I love the kick of ginger you get with every single bite! I was very impressed. Eaten together with the ice cream as a sandwich and you have a winning combination. This recipe was definitely worth the extra effort!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Emeril Lagasse’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches in exchange for making several recipes and posting about them. All of the information I present is my opinion only unless otherwise stated.