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cinnamon ice cream

lattelover Jun 8, 2010 02:06 PM

Can you find this in the supermarket? What brand is best? Can you make it yourself from vanilla ice cream and ground cinnamon? Thanks.

  1. bushwickgirl Jun 8, 2010 03:39 PM

    You may be able to buy; we have a few local ice cream and gelato makers in NYC that make and carry it, but why not make it? I checked with David Lebovitz, my go-to ice cream guy and came up with a recipe from Garrett McCord of Vanilla Garlic, simple and delicious. Garrett doesn't mention any particular type of cinnamon, I would think freshly ground Ceylon might be nice:


    For another simple idea, from Sean Greenwood, of Ben & Jerry's fame: "Cinnamon ice cream is Sean Greenwood's hands-down, at-home favorite, using a cinnamon-sugar mixture and swirling it into vanilla ice cream base."

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    1. re: bushwickgirl
      TongoRad Jun 9, 2010 11:17 AM

      I just sprinkle my cinnamon sugar on top of my ice cream and sort of mix it in as I go. It's also nice to do with chocolate.

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        bushwickgirl Jun 9, 2010 11:37 AM

        Yes, it can be just that simple, and the cinnamon+chocolate connection is brilliant.

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          Val Jun 9, 2010 03:28 PM

          LOL...I was coming back to this post to say the same thing...I've added good quality cinnamon to chocolate ice cream (and others)...delicious!!! Once I added it to mocha ice cream...oh dear..that was really great!

    2. kattyeyes Jun 8, 2010 06:00 PM

      I made cinnamon basil gelato last year. It rocked!

      If that's not your speed, hit me back if you'd like Bruce Weinstein's original recipe for straight-up cinnamon gelato--I can paraphrase for you. I've made (and played with) several of his recipes with great success! And it all started here on CH from a kind poster (was it CindyJ?) who posted his peanut butter gelato for me when I was new to the boards...and gelato-making!

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      1. re: kattyeyes
        waver Jun 18, 2010 07:37 PM

        Cinnamon gelato sounds great - if you have a minute... : )

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          kattyeyes Jul 14, 2010 08:47 PM

          I must be losing it and I apologize! Bruce Weinstein's recipe is for cinnamon ice cream. He has two--one is "Philadelphia Style"--but not gelato. I guess I played with this one more than I realized. If you would like the regular ice cream (or Philly Style!), I'd be glad to paraphrase. But I just scoured the book and there's no cinnamon gelato--that was on me. ;)

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            kattyeyes Jul 15, 2010 05:10 AM

            Problem solved: I have the wrong book! I borrowed The Ultimate Frozen Dessert Book from the library so frequently last year it felt like mine...so it was purchased for me...but it's The Ultimate Ice Cream Book. Dammit. ;)

            1. re: kattyeyes
              Becca Porter Jul 15, 2010 06:24 PM

              I would love the Philly-style cinnamon. I prefer it. Thanks!

              1. re: Becca Porter
                kattyeyes Jul 16, 2010 03:20 AM

                You've got it!
                --paraphrased from The Ultimate Ice Cream Book by Bruce Weinstein--


                3 cups light cream
                2/3 cup sugar
                1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
                1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

                Heat cream in large pan over medium heat till small bubbles appear around the edge. Do not allow the cream to boil.

                Remove from heat, add sugar, stir till dissolved. Whisk in vanilla and cinnamon. Cool to room temp, then cover and refrigerate till cold (or overnight). The cinnamon will rise to the top, but will incorporate into the ice cream as it freezes.

                Stir chilled custard, then follow instructions for your ice cream machine to freeze. When complete, the ice cream will be soft, but ready to eat. For firmer ice cream, return to freezer for at least 2 hours.

                Stay cool and enjoy! :)

      2. nofunlatte Jun 8, 2010 06:05 PM

        Are you looking to make it with purchased vanilla ice cream or do you have an ice cream maker? If it's the latter, recipes abound on the internet (and I've made Weinstein's version, but not the gelato one that kattyeyes mentions). Fabulous with apple pie!

        If it's the former, maybe you can just sprinkle a cinnamon-sugar mixture on top of vanilla. Haven't done that, so I don't know how it will taste.

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          Val Jun 8, 2010 06:05 PM

          LL, your post makes me a little sad...Publix used to sell one of their own ice cream flavors called "fried ice cream"....it was cinnamon ice cream...and so delicious...but they stopped making it....ugh!

          1. Cheese Boy Jun 8, 2010 11:35 PM

            Try Ben & Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie Chunk. It's cinnamon ice cream with chunks of oatmeal cookies and tiny bits of fudge. The fudge ruins it for me, but that's a whole other story.
            Use B&J's flavor locator to see if you have that flavor available nearby.

            Look --> http://www.benjerry.com/flavors/flavo...

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              Pistou Jun 9, 2010 10:43 AM

              I made the cinnamon ice cream out of David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop a couple of weeks ago and it was fantastic. Instead of ground cinnamon you infuse the milk and cream with cinnamon sticks. Served it with a berry tart--big hit.

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              1. re: Pistou
                bushwickgirl Jun 9, 2010 10:56 AM

                Here's a link to David Lebovitz' The Perfect Scoop, if the OP doesn't own or have access to the book, scroll up to page 38 for the cinnamon ice cream reicpe or do a recipe search:


                1. re: bushwickgirl
                  mdepsmom Jun 9, 2010 12:11 PM

                  ok, this is totally going to show my ignorance in all things technology-related, but are all cookbooks available online, in their entirety, simply by googling them?

                  1. re: mdepsmom
                    bushwickgirl Jun 9, 2010 12:27 PM

                    Not an ignorant question at all.

                    The short answer is highly doubtful to no, they are not; I don't use Google Books enough to know the true scope of what's available there, but I do check when I want something specific from a book I don't own or can't borrow, and my choices are have been frequently listed there. It just may be luck of the draw for me, however.

                    The other option is to google a specific recipe; you may or may not get the original; it might be a reasonably adapted version in a blog or on one of the numerous recipe sites.

                    1. re: bushwickgirl
                      mdepsmom Jun 9, 2010 01:25 PM

                      Thanks for the response - I learned something new today!

                      I do use the online food blog search when I am looking for a particular recipe. What a great tool that is.

                    2. re: mdepsmom
                      visciole Jun 9, 2010 03:35 PM

                      Google books generally shows only a limited preview of books.... so if you're seeking a particular recipe, you may get lucky and you may not.

                    3. re: bushwickgirl
                      Karen_Schaffer Jun 9, 2010 10:47 PM

                      Infusing with cinnamon sticks is totally the way to go. Ground cinnamon gets gritty if you use very much at all. (And cinnamon extract is vile -- Lavoris ice cream, anyone?)

                  2. blue room Jun 9, 2010 12:14 PM

                    Sorry, I couldn't read this without being reminded of simple delicious "Cinnamon Pie" --
                    Almost always have everything I need for this pie.
                    Now, back to ice cream...

                    1. blue room Jun 18, 2010 11:12 AM

                      Just happened to see this this morning on the "About.com French Food" site.
                      It's for honey cinnamon ice cream, loox basic, simple, and good.

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                        anakalia Jun 18, 2010 12:01 PM

                        Ben and Jerry's makes a CINNAMON BUN ice cream that is out-of-this-world-amazing, in my opinion. If you see it, definitely give it a try.

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                        1. re: anakalia
                          bushwickgirl Jun 19, 2010 08:18 AM

                          Yes, that Ben & Jerry's flavor was mentioned on a recent thread about using up leftover (if there is such a thing) cinnamon buns, when it was suggested using them in ice cream. Sadly, I have not seen it in my neighborhood and may have to just make my own.

                          1. re: bushwickgirl
                            BeckyAndTheBeanstock Jul 14, 2010 08:36 PM

                            Just bought some for the first time tonight. Wow. Definitely amazing.

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                          rainey Jul 15, 2010 07:33 AM

                          If you've a mind to give making your own a try, I HIGHLY recommend this recipe for Cinnamon Toast Ice Cream that appeared in Gourmet a few years ago. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                          It's completely delicious and unique and it's a hoot as well with bits of cinnamon toast that actually stay crunchy in the ice cream for several days. After that, they start going soft. Then I start calling it Bread Pudding Ice Cream and enjoy it just as much. ;>

                          ...just one more reason to curse Conde Nast for ditching that beloved mag that will never be replaced!!!

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                            icecone Jul 15, 2010 07:58 AM

                            If you like cinnamon ice cream, I really recommend trying a nutmeg ice cream. I made a nutmeg ice milk to go with an Indian pudding that was made without any spices. What a wonderful combination!!!

                            You don't have to make it from scratch the way I did. On Epicurious.com, one recipe is just 1.5 teaspoons of powdered nutmeg mixed into 1 quart of softened store-bought vanilla ice cream.

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