A bit sophisticated this rich vanilla ice cream has the the subtle zing of cinnamon.
- 2 vanilla beans
- 4 cup whole milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 8 egg yolks
- 2 cup cream
Put the milk and sugar in a medium saucepan. Halve the vanilla beans and scrape out the seeds and add to the milk along with the emptied pod. Bring to a low boil, stirring occasionally, then turn off the heat. Add the cinnamon sticks and let sit for 2–3 minutes. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer and return to the saucepan, discarding the vanilla pods and cinnamon sticks.
Return to medium high heat. In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining sugar and the eggs. Slowly whisk in half the warm milk, being careful not to curdle the eggs. Once the milk is incorporated, return the mixture to the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture adheres to a wooden spoon and you can draw a line through it. Remove from heat, then whisk in the cream Pour into a container and refrigerate until completely cooled, at least several hours.
Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. For a standard consumer model, you will have to freeze it in two batches, so plan ahead. Once frozen, transfer to an airtight container and freeze overnight to achieve a firmer texture.