Cinnamon Ice Cream

Homemade cinnamon ice cream with a custard base, cream, milk, sugar, and cinnamon.

  • Yield: Makes about 1 quart

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 6 egg yolks

Method

1 Heat the cinnamon until fragrant: Place the cinnamon in a small, dry skillet, over low heat. Keep the skillet moving just until the cinnamon becomes fragrant. Take off heat (note that too long in the pan will burn the cinnamon).

2 Warm the milk, sugar, salt and cinnamon and 1 cup of the cream in a medium saucepan over medium heat whisking to incorporate the cinnamon into the liquid.

3 Prepare strainer over bowl with remaining cream over bowl of ice: While the milk mixture warms, set a bowl over another bowl filled with ice. Place the remaining cup of cream into the now chilling bowl and set a mesh strainer on top.

4 Temper the eggs, add to cinnamon cream mixture: In a separate bowl whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm milk mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly to avoid the eggs scrambling. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan.

5 Heat until coats a spoon: Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a wooden spoon or heat proof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir. When the custard becomes thick until the mixture thickens and coats the spoon so that you can run your finger across the coating and have the coating not run.

6 Pour the custard through the strainer into the cream. Stir until cool over the ice bath.

8 Chill the mixture thoroughly and then process in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.