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Mean Mr. Cinnamon Custard (Cinnamon Ice Cream)

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“I found this recipe on an Ice Cream Recipe Exchange blog at It was posted by Googlebot. "This is the best cinnamon ice cream I've ever had. It's creamy, has a strong but not overwhelming cinnamon flavor, and doesn't taste too much like eggs. I halved the recipe because it was too big to fit in my maker." I didn't have any vanilla beans, so I subbed 1 1/2 tsp of pure vanilla extract and I didn't have any whole milk, so I subbed 2% milk mixed with Half & Half. The amounts listed here are from the halved version, since the original amount probably won't fit in most ice cream makers. This ice cream is SOOOO good!! The yield amount is approximate.”
4hrs 30mins
3 cups

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine cream and milk in a large sauce pan. Scrape in seeds from vanilla beans; add beans (or add 1 tsp of the vanilla extract). Bring just to simmer.
  2. Whisk sugar and yolks in large bowl to blend.
  3. Gradually whisk hot cream mixture into the sugar and yolk mixture in the large bowl (Make sure to coddle the eggs by whisking a small amount of the hot mixture to the eggs BEFORE adding the rest). Return mixture to same saucepan.
  4. Continuously stir over medium-low heat until custard thickens and leaves path on back of spoon when finger is drawn across, about 6 minute (do not boil).
  5. Strain into large bowl.
  6. Whisk in ground cinnamon and add the last 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract.
  7. Chill until cold, about 2 hours. I've found it's easier to chill if it's in a metal bowl.
  8. Transfer custard to ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's instructions.
  9. Transfer ice cream to a covered container and freeze until firm.

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