Cinnamon Toast Ice Cream

Buttered toast with cinnamon and sugar is the most comforting childhood snack. Mixing bits of cinnamon toast and a cinnamon swirl into homemade ice cream is a fantastic summertime combo.

Makes 4⅔ cups (just over 1 quart)
Prep Time
30 min
plus chilling
Recipe by
Tara Teaspoon

Vanilla Ice Cream Base*

¾ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups heavy cream
1½ cups whole milk
3 ounces cream cheese
2 tablespoons Plugrà® Premium Butter, salted
4 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cinnamon Toast

3 slices white bread
3 tablespoons Plugrà® Premium Butter, salted
1½ teaspoons cinnamon
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
Make the ice cream base: In a medium saucepan mix sugar and cornstarch. Add the cream, milk, cream cheese, and Plugrá butter. Whisk over medium-high heat until the cream cheese has melted and the mixture is smooth and begins to simmer, about 8 minutes. Simmer for 2 minutes, add vanilla and strain through a fine sieve into a bowl.
Stir mixture over an ice bath until very cold, then transfer to a container and chill overnight in the fridge.
While the ice cream base chills and mellows, prepare your ice cream maker. If using a chilled bowl, make sure it is frozen, or prepare your compressor.
When ready to churn, transfer the ice cream base to the ice cream maker and prepare as directed for the machine.
While the ice cream churns make the Cinnamon Toast: Toast the bread to a medium brown color. Immediately spread each piece with 1 tablespoon Plugrá butter. Mix together the cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle generously over each piece of toast. Cut toast roughly into ¼-inch pieces.
When the ice cream is almost finished churning, add the cinnamon toast pieces, and any remaining cinnamon sugar mixture, to the machine and mix in evenly.
When ice cream is done, transfer to a freezer container and chill at least an hour or up to 3 hours before serving.
*To make a quick version, prepare your cinnamon toast and set aside. Add 1-quart high-quality vanilla ice cream to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix just until the consistency is like a thick milkshake. Gently stir in the cinnamon toast pieces, transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid before serving