Thursday, August 11, 2011

Double Cinnamon Sherbet

I don't know what I would do if I didn't have spices. It seems like I just can't get enough of them and I add them to everything - cinnamon on my blueberries, black pepper with my cherries, pumpkin pie spice in my yogurt, etc., etc. So, it's only natural that some (or a lot) of spice should find its way into my ice cream recipes too.

This time, I decided to use my beloved cinnamon to create a Double Cinnamon Sherbet and believe me, I used a lot of it. I used 5 tsp. of it and could easily have added a sixth to make a full two tablespoons. Don't worry about the flavor being overpowering, it's just right. And, as if that weren't enough, I also decided to add some yummy cinnamon chips to the sherbet for double the punch.

I also learned a little trick. You see, I always use fat-free milk in my recipes and that makes for an icier sherbet. But, David Lebovitz's site taught me that a little gelatin added into the mixture will keep it soft and scoopable even after hours in the freezer. It's a miracle. It totally works. No more chipping away at it with a fork, no more waiting to be able to scoop it. It's ready whenever you are.

But, returning to the cinnamon chips, raise your hand if you knew that they don't melt when you put them in the microwave. I honestly thought they would. When I was creating this sherbet, I envisioned the cinnamon chips all melty and liquidy and then I would drizzle it into the sherbet to make a cinnamon flavored stracciatella. Yeah, that didn't happen. Instead, they kind of softened a bit and clumped all together so I ended up having to crumble them in instead.

But, that didn't affect the taste one bit. The sherbet was absolutely delicious, full of the cinnamon flavor that I know and love. I couldn't get enough of it. In fact, it's almost all gone so without a doubt, I'm going to have to make more. Oh yes, that's exactly what I'm going to do.

Double Cinnamon Sherbet (created by Lisa of Sweet as Sugar Cookies)

2 c. milk
1/2 tsp. powdered gelatin
1/4 c. light brown sugar
1/4 c. dark brown sugar
4-5 tsp. cinnamon (or more according to taste)
cinnamon chips (as much as you want)

Sprinkle the powdered gelatin over 3 Tbsp. milk and let stand 5-10 min. Combine the milk and sugar in a saucepan and stir over med heat, just until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and add back the gelatin-milk mixture. Whisk in the cinnamon. Pour into your ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer's instructions. In the last 5 min. of churning, sprinkle in the cinnamon chips, if desired. Scoop into a lidded container and put into the freezer for several hours to harden.


  1. i love love love cinnamon... i'll have to try this one out Lisa :)

  2. I so know how you feel about spices. I too would be at a loss.

    This dessert is gorgeous, just wish we had the weather for it. Doesn't seem right eating it when its raining.

  3. Oooooo what a great flavor. I have been on the cinnamon wagon lately so this looks perfect. :)

  4. Cinnamon is such a great spice. This is a great recipe and sounds so delicious. Perfect for these 100+ degree days. I think my spice cabinet is the best stocked place in the house. I can't imagine having a bare spice cabinet like in my college days. I'll never go back to that. Haha!

  5. I love cinnamon. That looks so so deliciouis.

  6. yum!! What a good idea. I'm the opposite way, I NEVER bust out my spices... I guess there's a lesson for me here :)

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  7. Oooooh great recipe.Printing as I write! Thank you!

  8. Wow, it looks amazing! I keep saying this but I so need an ice cream maker!

  9. Cinnamon is one of my favorite flavored-iced dessert! Swenson Ice Cream shop used to have the best. I can't wait to try this sherbet and bring back memories. XOXO

  10. I love cinnamon ice cream but this version sounds so easy. I will have to try it out!

  11. Cinnamon is one of my favorites also, Lisa, so I totally understand what you are saying. I am not a big sherbert eater but a few minor changes and some heavy cream, there is cinnamon ice cream. If I try it, I will surely get back to you and let you know happens.

  12. Thanks for the tip about the gelatin - I'll have to give it a try. My husband's greatest complaint about low-fat frozen treats is that they're too icy. Maybe this will change his mind!

  13. What a great Cinnamon treat! Thanks for linking up to "Made it on Monday" Lisa!

  14. Hi Lisa,
    It is very nice to see you today. I just love your Sherbet. It is very different and I can't wait to try it. Hope you have a great week end and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come back soon,
    Miz Helen