I just told you about my insane love for cinnamon last week, so you have to know that I have been dying to make this ice cream since I first saw the recipe this summer. I would have made it sooner, but I thought it would be a perfect flavor for the fall holiday season. This is another fabulous recipe from the book The Perfect Scoop. Like all the recipes I have tried from this book, it has the perfect texture. This ice cream is so rich and creamy and has a wonderful warm cinnamon flavor. The original recipe does not call for any ground cinnamon, and I did not add it for the flavor, I just wanted to be able to see the little flecks of cinnamon throughout the ice cream. If you are like me and love all things cinnamon, you will love this ice cream. It would be perfect sandwiched between many different types of cookies for some very tasty ice cream sandwiches. It also would be the perfect ‘a la mode’ to any pie on your holiday table this year. Scoop. Dish. Enjoy!Cinnamon Ice Cream Printer Friendly Version
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
Ten 3″ cinnamon sticks, broken up
2 cups heavy cream
5 large egg yolks
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
Warm the milk, sugar, salt, cinnamon sticks and 1 cup of the cream on a medium saucepan. Once warm, cover and remove from heat, and let steep at room temperature for 1 hour.
Rewarm the cinnamon infused milk mixture. Remove the cinnamon sticks with a slotted spoon and discard them. Pour the remaining 1 cup cream into a large bowl, whisk in the ground cinnamon (optional) and set a mesh strainer on top.
In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.
Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as your stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Pour the custard through the strainer and into the cream. Stir until cool over an ice bath.
Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.