9.28.2008

creamiest cinnamon & honey ice cream

Photobucket Trust me, this doesn't appear to be half as good as it is. I'm seriously not kidding. I would dare to say that this recipe is beyond creamy, it is so very decadent. Even a little bit extravagent, although certainly, a necessary indulgence. If you're going to have something sweet, you may as well go all the way, yes? Just go for it. It is so much more satisfying, and when something is this rich and creamy, it is almost impossible to want to eat too much anyways. Not that Jeff and I had any problem polishing this off, mind you. But our freezer might have lost power, and then it would spoil. Or surely, it would get nasty freezer burn. There was urgency in this high priority matter. Oh well, in any case. It was an extremely difficult wait, while the ice cream set in the freezer. Jeff wasn't home when I made it, so fortunately for me, I got the last bits out of the dasher all to myself. So there wasn't too much whining in the meantime, just my tummy wanting more and more. Cinnamon. Is there any spice more widely used? Surely, turmeric is up there in world stats I'm sure. But cinnamon is just so extremely versatile. I do try to eat a lot of it, as spices are supposed to be good for us, and are virtually calorie free. But truth be told, it is just darn good. Really, really good. I've never made anything that was too terrible with it, or that I thought had too much cinnamon. Not yet anyways. Plus it easily goes with most things, and always just makes it better. When I first made this ice cream, I was concerned that perhaps a tablespoon of cinnamon was too much. The colour of the ice cream was so brown, it was going to be a sunk ship, or so I thought. I was mad too, because I had to run to the store just for more cream. But then, it all figured itself out. So don't worry too much, it all turns out in the end with this one. Now I know a lot people are terrified of salt. Well sure, like anything else, too much isn't fabulous. But a little too much occasionally, to highlight here or there, is just plain fantastic! I increased the salt content to be similar to the amount I would add to make a salted caramel ice cream. Salty, but only to make the ice cream so delicious, that only eating a little bit is necessary to feel satisfied. There actually moments when I served myself a couple scoops of this stuff that I realized, that there was too much in the bowl. It is that rich. Oops! The honey is also an important component of this ice cream, but the amount of salt really helps it sing. Cinnamon and honey are just classic pairings, they seem so simple, and are virtual pantry staples. This ice cream is great to make when it seems like there is nothing good in the cupboards; you know, like Nutella, or good quality cocoa, or even chocolate. Just go for it. Creamiest cinnamon & honey ice cream 3 cups heavy cream 1 tbsp cinnamon 4 egg yolks 1/3 cup sugar 1/4 cup orange blossom honey 2 tsp fleur de sel 1. In a saucier, or sauce pan, heat on medium the 2 cups of the heavy cream, until bubbles easily form around the edge, and it is just barely steaming. In a separate, heatproof bowl, lightly whisk the eggs. In a thin stream, add half of the cream to the eggs, whisking constantly.* Add the eggs and cream back to the saucier, and cook on medium low. *This is tempering the eggs...or attempting to keep them from instantly scrambling by just adding them to the pot. 2. Add the sugar, honey, and cinnamon to the mixture. Continue to stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture appears quite gelatinous, and as if it will turn into scrambled eggs at any second, or coats the spoon with the consistency of melted ice cream. Remove from heat. 3. Whisk in the salt. Add the third cup of cream. 4. Allow the mixture to cool before placing in an ice cream dasher, and churn according to manufacturer's directions. The mixture should still be semi-soupy when removed, and added to a chilled container. Immediately place the container in a very cold freezer, later moving it to a warmer freezer. Enjoy!

13 comments:

FoodJunkie said...

Oh my. I need to make this. Now. I also have a question for you: how did you manage to get such perfect scoops of your ice cream?

gail said...

What's funny is that there is another picture I was thinking I might use instead, and the scoops were a little less melted; they were even more round! Honestly, other than just using a regular old ice cream scoop...I have no idea. Although, this particularly ice cream is very dense, so perhaps that helped the scoops to keep their shape. :)

Megan said...

I love cinnamon! And ice cream. :)
Sounds like a perfect Autumn combo to me. :)

emily. said...

i am so in love with cinnamon ice cream...thanks for the great photo/blog and the delish recipe!

Liz Stambaugh said...

Oh this looks really good! I am always trying to find good "different recipes" for ice-cream. I will have to try yours!

abadeeba said...

i hate making ice cream. seems like a good idea, and then i read the ingredients and think damn this is not healthy. plus you actually have to physically make it. but this may be one of those things i bite the bullet on and cave in to. looks phenomenal.

kang said...

Oh gosh, this looks amazing... the last time i had cinnamon ice cream was with a warm apple crumble pie that was baked in an italian wood fire oven.....

Jason said...

Cinnamon ice cream is my absolute favorite, specially with some good oatmeal pie!!!!

http://bbq.adamsfamilyia.com/bbq/post/2007/11/Oatmeal-Pie.aspx

Jo said...

This looks so so good. I love ice cream made with honey. Yum :) nice job

Chocolate Shavings said...

Cinnamon and honey sounds delightful!

www.chocolateshavings.ca

Cynthia said...

All I can whisper is, "oh my, my, my." :D

BaL said...

Cinnamon!

You need nothing more lol

I have a great indugle with cinnamon (especially sticks)

Gonna try this the coming summer for sure ;)

gail said...

bal - this is a good one with pumpkin pie too, if you decide you can't wait :) Although, pumpkin pie is so good on it's own too.....

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