No-Churn Spiced Pear Ice Cream in Gingerbread Bowls Recipe

Christmas and gingerbread go together like Santa and presents. You would not have one without the other; am I right? But while gingerbread houses are definitely high on the list of holiday baking, they’re definitely a little fiddly and not for the impatient (that would be me). Rather than get frustrated with icing and misaligned walls, I decided to turn my foolproof gingerbread recipe into edible bowls. Not only are they super easy to make, but they’re the perfect vessel for serving this wonderfully festive no-churn pear ice cream. Holiday dessert sorted!

No-Churn Spiced Pear Ice Cream in Gingerbread Bowls Recipe ingredients

Gingerbread ingredients:

Makes at least 8 edible bowls plus extra cookies

  • 3 ounces soft light brown sugar
  • 3½ ounces treacle or molasses
  • 3½ ounces golden syrup or honey
  • 1½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature (plus more for greasing the muffin tin)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour (plus more for dusting and rolling)
These edible gingerbread bowls with spiced pear no-churn ice cream are the perfect holiday dessert!


  1. Preheat the oven to 340 degrees Fahrenheit and grease the underside of a muffin tin with a little butter.
  2. Put the sugar, treacle and all the spices in a medium saucepan and stir over medium-low heat until the sugar melts.
  3. Take off the heat and stir in the baking soda. This will cause the mixture to rise slightly.
  4. Add the butter and stir until it melts completely.
    Edible gingerbread bowls
  5. Stir in the beaten egg and transfer to a large bowl.
  6. Gradually add the flour, stirring it in, until the dough comes together. You may not need to add all the flour.
  7. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured worktop and gather into a ball. Divide into thirds and keep covered.
  8. Roll the dough out on top of a large piece of grease-proof paper. Use a patterned rolling pin or a doily to create a relief pattern (optional).
  9. Cut out six five-inch circles and carefully drape over the greased muffin tin, leaving gaps between them, as they will expand slightly while baking.
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating the tray halfway through.
  11. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely, until firm. Gently remove the edible bowls from the muffin tin and set aside.
No-churn spiced pear ice cream

No-churn spiced pear ice cream ingredients:

  • 3 large ripe but firm pears, peeled and cubed
  • 2 Tablespoons Demerara sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 1/3 cups double cream
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 ounces pecans
  • caramel sauce to serve
No-churn ice cream


  1. Put the pears, sugar and spice in a small saucepan and cook over medium-low heat for a couple of minutes until the pears are soft. Discard most of the liquid.
  2. Put the double cream and condensed milk in a large bowl and whisk until you have soft peaks.
  3. Stir in the pears and chopped pecans and fold everything together. Transfer to a container, cover and freeze overnight.
  4. Take the ice cream out of the fridge at least 10 minutes before serving to soften.
  5. Serve in the edible gingerbread bowls and drizzle with caramel sauce.
No-Churn Spiced Pear Ice Cream in Gingerbread Bowls Recipe

Customize this no-churn ice cream with any fruit and nuts that take your fancy!

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No-Churn Spiced Pear Ice Cream in Gingerbread Bowls Recipe
No-Churn Spiced Pear Ice Cream in Gingerbread Bowls Recipe