Weird, huh? Brown bread and ice cream? The truth is, I’m sharing one of my most beloved recipes with you. This is a dessert I pull out when I want to either impress someone or comfort someone. It is supposedly an Irish recipe and if I’m really on top of my game, I serve it on St. Patrick’s Day after my our corned beef and cabbage. Don’t judge this recipe until you’ve tried it. It is a gem. If you have any questions about it, email me (

Irish Brown Bread Ice Cream (

If you’ve made candied pecans, the bread preparation is very similar to that recipe. You combine bread crumbs and brown sugar and bake the mixture until it is candied. Commence watering of mouth.

note from Considered a luxury in the nineteenth century, this ice cream has flourished in the past decade and has become a modern classic in Irish restaurants. But it is easy to prepare at home, too, because the recipe does not require an ice cream maker. In this version of the ice cream, the breadcrumbs are turned into a praline.

1 cup crumbs from brown soda bread or crustless whole wheat bread
14 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons (packed) dark brown sugar
2/3 cup whole milk
1 3-inch piece vanilla bean, split lengthwise
2 large egg yolks
1 1/3 cups chilled whipping cream
2 1-pint baskets strawberries, hulled, sliced

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheet with foil; butter foil. Mix breadcrumbs, 3 tablespoons sugar and brown sugar in medium bowl. Scatter over prepared baking sheet. Bake until sugar begins to melt and crumbs are slightly darker, stirring crumbs occasionally with metal spatula to prevent sticking, about 10 minutes. Transfer breadcrumbs to bowl and cool. Break crumbs into small pieces.
Place milk in medium saucepan. Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; add bean. Bring to simmer. Remove from heat and let steep 30 minutes.
Whisk egg yolks and 5 tablespoons sugar in large bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in milk mixture. Return mixture to same saucepan. Stir over low heat until custard thickens and leaves path on back of spoon when finger is drawn across, about 5 minutes (do not boil). Strain into small bowl. Chill custard until cold, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour.
Beat whipping cream in large bowl until firm peaks form. Fold custard into cream. Gently fold into breadcrumbs. Transfer to covered containers and freeze. (Can be prepared 3 days ahead. Keep frozen.)
Combine strawberries and remaining 6 tablespoons sugar in medium bowl. Let stand until juices form, about 20 minutes. Scoop ice cream into bowls. Spoon strawberries and juices over and serve.

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One Response to Dessert: Brown Bread Ice Cream

  1. Saydi says:

    I always think of you guys on St. Patrick’s day since you taught me to make Corned Beef and cabbage when we watched your kids so many st.patty’s days ago. We miss you!

    I’m going to try this today, looks awesome. I need more becca cooking in my life.

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