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Cinnamon Ice Cream

  • Yield: Makes 1 quart
Cinnamon Ice Cream


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped, pod reserved
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Salt


  1. Heat milk, cream, and vanilla seeds and pod in a medium saucepan over medium heat until bubbles begin to form around edges. Remove from heat, cover, and let cream mixture steep at room temperature for 1 hour.

  2. Prepare an ice-water bath. Uncover cream mixture, and reheat until hot but not boiling. Whisk yolks, sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Add hot cream mixture in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until well combined. Return mixture to saucepan, and stir constantly over medium heat until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 8 minutes. (Do not let the mixture come to a simmer.)

  3. Strain mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl. Discard vanilla pod. Set the bowl in the ice-water bath. Let cool, stirring occasionally, until cold, about 20 minutes.

  4. Freeze mixture in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions. Transfer to a large container, and freeze until firm, about 1 hour.

Cook's Note

Ice cream can be frozen for up to 1 week.

Reviews (1)

  • veronicaty 25 Jun, 2011

    As a former food writer, I'm picky. But becoming glucose intolerant has forced me to be creative. I was hankering for ice cream, but not the sugar. I have a great ice cream maker for my Kitchen Aid stand mixer and thought I'd experiment. Made this with Truvia stevia instead of sugar and it turned out *perfectly*!! Truvia is more concentrated, so halved the measure allotted for sugar. Don't miss it one bit. Fresh, high quality cinnamon from Zingermans helped a lot, too! Happy day!!

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