This morning I changed my status on facebook to read, "Tammy is making Cinnamon Ice Cream today." Among the comments I received about it were titles like "SuperMom", longings to be like me, and requests for recipes. I certainly didn't expect to garner such reactions! It's just Cinnamon Ice Cream, I'm no Martha, and it's really among the simplest things you can possibly make. There's no 'super' about it, and I'm very happy to share the recipe.
But, first, I must tell you that making ice cream reminds me of my dad just about more than making pecan pie. When we were growing up, I don't think our home was ever without an ice cream maker. And Dad was a purist who believed it had to be a crank machine. I'm not sure if he thought it made better ice cream or if he just wanted to use it as a tool to teach us kids persistence in the face of adversity! We all were excited about cranking in the beginning, but it was hard work to crank that machine when the ice cream was getting more frozen! Of course, Dad usually made the boys do it at that point and truth be told, he usually cranked the last few minutes. Personally, I could never figure out what was so much better about homemade ice cream than store-bought because it seemed that every batch we had was runny and not really set up very well. It did taste good and Mom and Dad tried many different flavors. They like their ice cream like they like their pizza: loaded up! They made Butter Pecan (YUM!), any sort of berry (I particularly remember strawberry), and the one I remember Dad nearly fainting over was fresh peach. I remember his pulling the center paddle out of the ice cream maker and trying desperately to hoard it to himself so he could lick off what was sticking to the paddle. Aahhhh, it has just come to me that this is the reason he cranked the last few minutes! He often had to wrestle Mom for the paddle, but she usually she wanted to scrape every last bit off the paddle into the storage container—just like she did with the beaters on the mixer after making cookies!
On to Cinnamon Ice Cream. . . This is one flavor that I never had growing up. If Dad had made it, he would probably want to put apples in it, or applesauce, or. . . peaches and pecans! (Hmm. . . now my brain is working! I might just have to try that out!) It's also a flavor that I had never heard of until I found the recipe. While vanilla is still a favorite of ours with Apple Pie, Cinnamon quickly replaced it for some members of our family. Just sounds like a winning combination! I'm making the first Apple Pie of Autumn tomorrow for our Labor Day Cul-de-Sac Picnic and thought if I made Cinnamon Ice Cream today, it will have time to freeze well before tomorrow evening.
The Starting LineUp:
(Can you tell I shop at Trader Joe's?!)
- 2 c. whipping cream
- 2 c. half & half
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 T. cinnamon
- 1 ½ t. vanilla extract (Please use the purist form of vanilla flavoring possible. The imitation stuff really doesn't do your creations justice!)
Combine all ingredients. Stir until sugar dissolves. Freeze according to ice cream maker instructions.
I used to make this recipe in my small countertop ice cream freezer, but the component of that machine that should be kept frozen and that actually causes the cream to freeze is now missing. (I think the movers stole it! At least that's what I'm blaming its missing on!) So, as usual, whenever I'm missing an ingredient, or a tool, I call the person I always call: my Neighbor, Lori. She has everything. And she is very generous. I love my neighborhood. She has an electric ice cream maker that she used to make the most-incredible-chocolate-ice-cream-ever for our last Cul-de-Sac party. So I borrowed the machine, loaded it up with ice, salt, the ice cream mixture, and turned it on. Oh yeah, it's electric! You thought I was cranking that baby?! Think again.
The problem at the moment is that the machine is still running! And that's a problem because it's been running a long time. I followed all the directions, just like a good girl, but it's running, running, running. I keep listening for the motor to start struggling. Nothing. I took the motor off, checked on the cream, and it's still very liquid! I called Lori, but she's putting the kids down, so I wait, I add more ice and salt, and I keep waiting. It's beginning to sound like it's getting thicker so let's hope for the best. I'll let you know tomorrow if we had homemade Cinnamon Ice Cream OR store-bought Vanilla with our Pie.
See? I'm not so "super"! I can't even get ice cream to freeze!