Cinnamon Caramel Ice Cream

"Simple ice cream that is wonderful with pound cake or cookies."
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins
1 1/2 quarts




  • In a heavy saucepan combine half-and-half, lemon zest and cinnamon stick over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain into a large bowl, discarding solids. Set aside and let cool.
  • Whisk egg yolks (or subsitute) and 1/2 cup sugar together in a large mixing bowl until thick and pale yellow.
  • Whisk in half-and-half.
  • Return mixture to saucepan and cook over medim low heat, stirring constantly with wooden spoon until thick (20-30 minutes). Remove from heat and strain into a large bowl and set aside. Cover and refrigerate until chilled (2-4 hours).
  • While custard is chilling, grease a cookie sheet with butter and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, combine remaining sugar (1 cup) and 4 tablespoons water and bring to a simmer over medium low heat, swirling pot frequently until sugar carmalizes (20-30 minutes).
  • Immediately pour syrup onto prepared sheet, tilting pan to spread around so syrup is a thin layer. Set aside and let cool.
  • Crack carmamel into small pieces.
  • Stir into cooled custard.
  • Process in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions.

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  1. This ice cream is really nice, with a subtle taste of the cinnamon. It's quite rich and decadent and I'm sure it would be perfect with apple pie. I tried and tried to get the sugar to carmelize in step #6 but finally gave up and made the ice cream without the carmamels. I will eventually make this again, when I have more time, and get that sugar to carmelize! Thanks Ellie, this is a really nice ice cream recipe that fits my machine just right.


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