DH and I like to treat ourselves once in a while to ice cream at Maggie Moo’s, a popular chain that has several stores in the greater San Juan area. They have a lot of ice cream flavors, as well as treats to mix into them. My ‘usual’ order is butter pecan ice cream, mixed with pecans and caramel sauce. Eduardo is partial to the Cinnamoo Bun: their suggested mix of cinnamon ice cream, cookie dough, and crushed graham crackers. While this combination is pretty tasty, I wanted to try to make a true cinnamon roll ice cream. When my siblings and I were kids, Mama would take us to the Tiendita Pepín (the accompanying store for the Flowers Bakeries affiliate in Puerto Rico) to stock up on cinnamon rolls, jelly rolls, doughnuts… all fresh from the factory. We were pretty spoiled back then with all those sweets! I had the habit of unrolling the cinnamon rolls and eating them in the tiniest bites, trying to stretch their sweet and spicy goodness for as long as I could.
While looking around for cinnamon roll ice cream recipes, I came across several Ben & Jerry’s inspired posts that combined salted caramel ice cream with cinnamon roll bits. I decided to prepare Eat Real’s Cinnamon Brown Sugar Ice Cream, toss in iced cinnamon roll bits (as described in other recipes) and swirl a brown sugar and cinnamon sauce. The ice cream base was not cloying at all, which made it a great foil to the sugary extras.
The Ice Cream Base
(adapted from Eat Real)
- 2 cups half-and-half
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of sea salt
Combine the half-and-half, the cream, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a sauce pan over moderate heat until it begins to bubble gently (scalding point). The sugar should dissolve into the cream. It’s okay if the cinnamon floats to the top. While this mixture warms up, prepare an ice bath and nestle a bowl with a fine mesh strainer in it (where the custard will be transferred to cool off)
- 5 egg yolks at room temperature
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
Whisk together the yolks and sugar. When the cream mixture is scalded, add a ladlefull of into the egg yolks, and whip vigorously to temper them. Add a bit more custard, whisk, and then add the yolk mixture into the saucepan. Continue stirring to prevent the egg from curdling, and cook until the custard coats the back of a spoon. Strain the mix into the bowl sitting in the ice bath, and cool off the custard before storing in the refrigerator. The mixture should chill for at least six hours before freezing.
The Cinnamon Roll Bits
- 1 tube pre-made cinnamon rolls (regular size)
Preheat the oven to 400F°. Grease a glass pan and arrange the cinnamon rolls per the package directions. Bake for 12 minutes (one minute less than the suggested time). Allow the rolls to cool enough to be handled. With a serrated knife, slice off the browned tops and bottoms from the rolls, slicing the rest into doughy cubes. Toss the cubes with the packaged icing in a microwave safe bowl – you may want to warm it for about 15-20 seconds to make sure the icing is evenly distributed. The cinnamon roll cubes will compact as they absorb the icing.
- 4 tablespoons salted butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon flour
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the sugar, the cinnamon and one tablespoon of heavy cream. Let the sauce bubble for about a minute to ensure the brown sugar melts into the butter and cream. Remove from the heat, and whisk in the flour and remaining tablespoon of cream. Set side to cool.
Putting it Together
Freeze ice cream according to manufacturer’s instructions. On the last minute of freezing time, add the cinnamon roll bits into the ice cream. Scoop a third of the ice cream into the storage container and layer a third of the sauce, repeating until using all the sauce. With a knife, draw a circle to distribute the sauce in the ice cream. Using a tight fitting lid, seal the ice cream container and transfer it to the freezer for at least four hours before enjoying.
This ice cream is part of the delicious Letz Relish event from Tasty Appetite featuring different ice cream flavors! Go check it out!