My dearest Haley – you’ll be happy to know that the canopy of leaves in Central Park is still green, and those few that have fallen to the ground skipped their vibrant color change, depressed being no longer attached to their mother tree and are a bland brown. No reds, no oranges – no visual signs of NYC fall, just crisp air. Hopefully when you come you’ll bring autumnal hues for our long runs in the park.
That being said, onto the challenge.
Momma D sent me her recipe for cinnamon ice cream. I had already given myself the challenge of Baked Alaska for our Autumnal Dinner last Friday (the man took off to make a special fall meal for 6 of our friends including a 15 lb sucking pig with gruyere au gratin potatoes, roasted fennel and carrots and swiss chard. The least I could do is make a showstopping dessert – or attempt – that was comparable to the work that the man put in). What better way than to celebrate fall (and my mom) than to incorporate cinnamon ice cream into the dessert?
Momma D’s Cinnamon Ice Cream
1 cup white sugar
2 cups half and half (I used heavy cream. WEEEEE!!!!)
1/2 cup skim milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
- In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together sugar and 1.5 cups of the half and half. When it begins to simmer, remove from heat.
- In bowl beat 2 eggs. Using a wire whisk, pour half the sugar mixture into eggs beating c0ntinuously so the eggs don’t scramble or or get chunky.
- Pour mixture back into saucepan and stir rest of half and half and skim milk.
- Continue cooking over med-low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon
- Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla and cinnamon.
- Set it aside to cool or refrigerate.
- Pour into an ice cream maker.
The result wasn’t REALLY experienced until the Baked Alaska was consumed but it was pretty fantastic (thanks Momma D!). It made a great spicy addition to the pb ice cream, vanilla buttermilk ice cream, and the brownie cake that made up the Overly-tan Sarah Palin (yes, I went there. I’m witty!) but with Haley’s apple crisp, it might just change your life.
And in case you don’t believe me that I made a Baked Alaska, check it: