Oatmeal Cinnamon Ice Cream Sandwiches (Saigon Cinnamon Ice Cream #54)

23 03 2013

Remember my friends Pete and Bec?  The ones who I had over for a farewell dinner and Tim Tam Ice Cream Sandwiches before they moved back to Australia?  Well I didn’t mention that the evening they were over, they brought with them two huge bags of groceries and pantry items that they couldn’t finish up and otherwise would have tossed.  Two huge goodie bags full of things like spring roll wrappers, olive oil, shredded coconut, and white chocolate chips.  (Thanks guys!  The Official Taster and I are slowly working through the lot.)  One of the most curious items I found in the bags was a spice jar containing Saigon Cinnamon.  This was new to me.

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Saigon cinnamon

After some quick poking around on Google, I learned there are four main varieties of “cinnamon”.   Ceylon cinnamon is considered the “true” cinnamon.  The three other varieties, Indonesian cinnamon, Chinese cinnamon, and Saigon cinnamon, are actually from a related plant called cassia.  Ceylon cinnamon is the most expensive of the four.  But when it comes to flavour and aroma, it’s Saigon cinnamon that really packs a punch.

When I compared my “regular” cinnamon (unspecified variety, but most likely Indonesian cinnamon, as it is purportedly the cheapest and most common variety of cinnamon in North America) with the Saigon cinnamon, the Saigon variety was, by far, more aromatic and spicy.  It had a delightful burn on the tongue, like I had just popped a couple of cinnamon hearts into my mouth.

It was rather timely that I received an email from a blog reader last week suggesting I make cinnamon ice cream.  Even better, I thought I would bake a batch of oatmeal cookies and assemble some Oatmeal Cinnamon Ice Cream Sandwiches.

The Oatmeal Cookie recipe below is from All Recipes, with a reduction in the total amount of sugar, since I find most cookie recipes are too sweet.  The cookies themselves are rather understated, which is fine for ice cream sandwiches since I want the ice cream to be the star of the show.  If you are making just the cookies (and not ice cream sandwiches), I would suggest adding a cup of raisins and/or chopped nuts for a bit more texture and interest.  The ice cream recipe is pretty much just a basic custard recipe with a couple teaspoons of Saigon cinnamon and some vanilla for depth – super easy.

Do you best to track down Saigon cinnamon — it’s amazingly fragrant, sweet and spicy at the same time.  It brings the ice cream to life.  If you can’t find Saigon cinnamon, regular cinnamon will do too, but use 1-1/2 teaspoons for the cookies and 3 teaspoons for the ice cream.

Depending on how thick or thin you spread your ice cream, you may or may not have some leftover cookies.  I ended up making ten ice cream sandwiches, each with a good, thick layer of cinnamon ice cream.  The ten extra cookies are stashed in a top secret location, away from the Official Taster.

Oatmeal Cinnamon Ice Cream Sandwiches

For the Oatmeal Cookies (Slightly adapted from All Recipes)

(Makes about 30 single 2-1/2″ cookies.  If you are making sandwiches, you will have some leftover cookies)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon Saigon cinnamon
1 cup butter
1-1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups quick cooking oats (not instant)

For the Saigon Cinnamon Ice Cream (Makes about 1.25 L)

2 eggs
3/4 cup white sugar
3 cups half-and-half cream
2 teaspoons Saigon cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

For the Cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  3. With an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy.  Mix in the egg and vanilla.
  4. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture, oatmeal, and raisins (if using).
  5. Let chill in the fridge for at least one hour.
  6. Roll the dough into 1-1/2″ balls and place them 2 inches apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.  Flatten slightly with the underside of a clean glass dipped in flour.  Bake until golden at the edges, about 10 minutes.  Let cool slightly before transferring onto wire racks to let cool completely.

For the Ice Cream:

  1. In a heavy saucepan, lightly whisk together the eggs and sugar.
  2. Add 2 cups of the half-and-half, the cinnamon, and the sea salt.
  3. Cook the mixture over medium-low heat stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon (170 degrees F / 77 degrees C).
  4. Remove from heat immediately and add the remaining half-and-half to stop the cooking.  Place the saucepan into an ice bath to cool the custard rapidly.
  5. Stir in the vanilla.
  6. Chill overnight in the fridge.
  7. Pour the custard into an ice cream maker and prepare according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

To Finish:

  1. Line a 9 x 13 baking dish or baking sheet with plastic wrap and spread the ice cream evenly.   Press another sheet of plastic wrap on top, pressing it onto the surface of the ice cream.  Freeze the ice cream until it is very firm (ideally overnight).
  2. Remove the ice cream from the freezer.  Working quickly, use a round cookie or biscuit cutter the same size as cookies, cut rounds from your sheet of ice cream.  Peel each round of ice cream off the plastic sheet, place onto the flat side of a cookie, and sandwich with a second cookie.  Return each ice cream sandwich immediately to the freezer to firm up.
  3. The leftover “ice cream scraps” can be reused.  Repeat Step #1 using a smaller baking dish or baking sheet.  Since the scraps will still be quite firm, the ice cream should be firm enough to cut into rounds after 10 or 15 minutes in the freezer.
  4. To store the ice cream sandwiches, wrap each sandwich individually in a piece of parchment or plastic wrap and place in an air tight container.
Oatmeal Cinnamon Ice Cream Sandwiches

The Official Taster says: “What?  There’s more ice cream?  I thought we finished at 52 weeks!”

Saigon cinnamon ice cream, cinnamon ice cream

Just want to make the ice cream? You can do that too!

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