Vanilla Cinnamon Ice Cream

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Christmas usually calls for tummy warming dishes. But in tropical countries like ours, cold desserts such as fruit salads and ice creams are as much favored for a festive treat.

That's why for this week's Chef's Christmas Specials, we sought help from the admittedly geeky chef and molecular gastronomy pioneer in the Philippines, Johann Santos of Zenses Neo-Shanghai Cuisine. He teaches us how to make a Christmasy homemade ice cream -- without needing liquid nitrogen, of course!

Vanilla Cinnamon Ice Cream

What You Need:

80 grams confectioner's sugar
1 cup (250 grams) milk
1 cup (250 grams) cream
3 egg yolks
2 vanilla beans (or 3 to 4 drops vanilla essence)
1 tsp. cinnamon
crushed apple cookies
1 small Ziploc bag
1 large Ziploc bag
ice cubes

What to do:

1. Pour the milk into the saucepan. Bring it to a boil.

2. While milk is being heated, slice vanilla beans in half. Scrape off the seeds then add both the seeds and pods to the milk mixture.

3. Take out the vanilla bean pods from the milk mixture upon boiling. Let the milk cool.

4. In a mixing bowl, combine the egg yolks and the confectioner's sugar. Beat until smooth.

5. When the milk has finally cooled down, pour in the egg yolk and sugar mixture. Add the cream and cinnamon. Beat until well-blended.

6. Pour mixture into the small Ziploc bag. Remove excess air then seal.

7. In the larger Ziploc bag, combine the ice cubes and salt.

8. Place the smaller bag into the larger one. Seal, then lightly massage the mixture for 10 to 20 minutes, or until the mixture reaches clay-like consistency. You may want to use a towel to help you massage the mixture, as it can get really cold to the touch.

9. Scoop, serve and enjoy.

About Kirk

I am liberal, not liberated; Gentleman, yet slightly agressive; God-fearing and believing, but not doctrinal religious; A fighter of organizations for people, not a fighter of people for organizations; Dominant, not domineering; Frank and true, yet tactful; Hardly gets pissed, but easily gets chilled; Activist, but a couch potato.
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