Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cinnamon-Brown Sugar Ice Cream

We had some cream about to go bad over Christmas, so ice cream was the perfect solution!  This cinnamon-scented ice cream smells fantastic and tastes even better.  It's absolutely divine with a bit of toasted coconut sprinkled over top.  Unlike some homemade ice creams, it keeps a nice soft texture in the freezer rather than becoming rock-hard, so it's easy to scoop.  I also like that it doesn't involve making a custard - although that sort of ice cream is definitely delicious, it was nice to skip the extra step.

Cinnamon-Brown Sugar Ice Cream
Makes about 2 pints

2 cups half-and-half
3/4 cup brown sugar
Generous pinch salt
2 Mexican cinnamon sticks (canela) or regular cinnamon sticks, broken into a few pieces
1 cup heavy cream
Toasted coconut, to serve (optional)

1. Combine the half-and-half, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon sticks in a saucepan over medium heat.  Bring almost to a boil, stirring often.  Remove from heat, cover, and let the cinnamon steep for one hour.
2. Strain the cinnamon mixture into a bowl, and stir in the remaining cup of heavy cream.  Chill until cold, at least four hours.
3. Freeze in an ice cream maker.  Eat immediately for a soft consistency, or scoop into a container and freeze for a few hours for a firmer consistency.  Serve with toasted coconut, if desired.

I'm sending this recipe off to These Chicks Cooked!


  1. Yum! I'm making ice cream this weekend. You've inspired me!

  2. Sara, this ice cream looks unbelievably good! I really like the flavors you used, and the coconut topping! Deeelish. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi Sara, the texture looks great on that eggless ice cream. Not an easy task from my experience. Will have to try this recipe out. Thanks!

  4. I know what you mean about rock-hard homemade ice cream. I wonder why that happens with some recipes? Any idea?

    1. Hi Vicki - I'm not really sure, I think sometimes it happens if there's not enough fat or sugar in the recipe?? With sorbets I've added some alcohol to the mix, which seems to help.