This Cinnamon Ice Cream is both refreshing and warming all at at once, making it ideal for any season. And the rich creamy texture is so dreamy! I love cinnamon and I can’t imagine life in my kitchen without it.
It’s as crucial a staple as olive oil or butter as far as I’m concerned. And I’d be very surprised if any of you didn’t have cinnamon in your pantry. Do you?
A Little Bit About Cinnamon
- This heavenly spice is packed with health benefits and adds warmth and delicious flavor to both sweet and savory recipes.
- It’s a sweet, aromatic spice that comes from the inner bark of the Ceylon cinnamon tree. Among other things, it’s a natural anticoagulant (blood thinner) that can increase blood circulation and boost metabolic activity.
You know how you often hear that red wine and chocolate are healthy in moderation? Well I’ve been hearing more and more recently that a little bit of cinnamon everyday is super healthy — so what do I do?
Yep, I make cinnamon ice cream. 😉
I add cinnamon to everything from rich soups and stews, to sweet cookies and pies — and today, to ice cream! Straight up Cinnamon Ice Cream, that is.
Now you know, typically I’m all about chunks in my ice cream, but when I was thinking about creating this recipe, I couldn’t imagine it to be anything but super smooth and creamy, with each bite uninterrupted by chunks.
Serving Cinnamon Ice Cream
Every spoonful is more velvety than the next, with just enough cinnamon to hit every taste bud. You won’t want to stop eating this — and while it’s divine as it, it would also be lovely melting over apple pie, or between two gingerbread cookies.
I also think it would be fantastic along side a spiced carrot cake! Perfect, in fact.
Enjoy every last spoonful!
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 3 cups low-fat milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 small-medium vanilla pod
- 5 egg yolks from large eggs
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- Add the cinnamon to a large, dry sauce pot, and place it over medium heat. Let the cinnamon heat until it's very aromatic, about 30 seconds. Turn off the heat.
- Pour the milk and cream over the cinnamon and use a whisk to blend.
- Use a paring knife to slice open the vanilla bean vertically. Then with the back of the knife, scrape the vanilla beans into the pot, and add the emptied pod as well. Turn the heat back to medium and scald this mixture. Tiny bubbles will appear on the edges of the pot and it should be very hot, but not boiling. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool to room temperature, about 1½ hours.
- In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to whip the egg yolks with the sugar. Mix until it's thick and pale yellow. When you drizzle it with a spoon, it should rest for a second or two before sinking back into the rest of the mixture -- this is called the "ribbon stage."
- Strain the milk mixture and then add about half of it to the bowl, and whisk to blend. Then add the rest and blend again.
- Pour this back into the pot and over medium-low heat, stirring almost constantly with a wooden spoon, cook until it becomes a beautiful custard, 10 to 15 minutes. The moment you see that's it's thickened, remove the pot from the heat, pour it into a large mixing bowl and let it cool completely -- at least 2 hours and ideally overnight. (If cooling overnight, let it come to room temperature, cover it tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate.)
- Transfer to an ice-cream maker, and freeze according to the machine instructions.