Creamy, spicy cinnamon and brown sugar ice cream is topped with a healthy pour of bittersweet espresso in this 5 Minute Treat. A Disneyland-inspired recipe.
For the ice cream:
adapted from David Lebovitz
1 cup (250ml) whole milk
3/4 cup (150g) brown sugar
pinch of salt
8 cinnamon sticks broken up (see notes below)
2 cups (500ml) heavy cream
5 large egg yolks
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
For the affogato
- 1 shot of freshly brewed espresso
- churro toffee chunks, optional (find the recipe here on our site!)
For the ice cream:
- Heat the milk, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon sticks, and 1 cup of the heavy cream together in a medium saucepan. Cover, remove from heat, and let steep 1 hour.
- Place the pan back on the stove and rewarm the mixture, removing the cinnamon sticks with a slotted spoon. Be careful not to let the mixture start to boil or get too hot, you are just warming the milk up to barely simmering at this point.
- Nest a medium-sized bowl in a larger bowl that’s partially filled with ice water, to create an ice bath. Set a mesh strainer over the medium bowl and pour the remaining cream into the medium bowl.
- Whisk together the egg yolks in a small bowl and gradually add some of the warm cinnamon-infused milk to the yolks, whisking constantly. Scrape the warmed yolks back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a heatproof spatula, until the custard thickens and coats the spatula.
- Remove from heat and immediately pour the custard through the strainer into the cream. Remove the strainer and stir the custard until cool, then chill thoroughly in the refrigerator at least 8 hours or overnight.
- Before churning, add the ground cinnamon. Gently stir to combine.
- Then, freeze the custard in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Store in an airtight container in the freezer until ready to use.
For the affogato:
- Place the desired amount of ice cream in a small bowl or heat proof cup (I like two small scoops for this dessert).
- Pour the espresso over the ice cream.
- Optionally top with crumbled churro toffee pieces. Enjoy!
- To break up cinnamon sticks, you can either grind them in a mortar and pestle (which is what I did, and really, you’re just breaking them up, not grinding into a powder), or wrap them in a kitchen towel and break them up with a hammer or meat tenderizer. I would not suggest a ziplock as is said in the original recipe, as they tend to poke through and tear the bag, getting pieces everywhere.
- We are Nespresso users at home, so I found that a regular shot was plenty. The lungo shot was a bit too much and melted the ice cream more than I desired creating a warm soup.
- If you want to make a batch for a party, portion out ice cream into small cups and freeze ahead of time. When ready to serve, brew lungo shots in a large measuring glass with a spout. Then you can pour small amounts of espresso all at once into each cup.
Keywords: treat, ice cream, 5 Minute Treat, cinnamon, brown sugar, affogato, DCA, Schmoozies!, holiday