Apple & Cinnamon Ice Cream

This is a classic and an old favourite for sure. Despite having made it countless times, and being delighted by the flavour over and over, we are always trying to perfect it.

A few weeks ago Thomas and Becky were about to move to Berlin and for some reason they still had never tasted my ice cream. I promised to crank up a batch in honour of their departure. The party was to take place at Star Bar and good fortune would have it that the management didn’t mind us cranking ice cream outside.

The ingredients for a big 6-quart batch were as follows:

Apple & Cinnamon Ice Cream

This classic flavor combo makes amazing ice cream.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Ice Cream
Prep Time 30 minutes
Crank Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 quarts


  • 1.5 kg apples (as a rough guide, I tend to use about 200-250g of fruit per quart of ice cream)
  • 3 cups sugar (675g)
  • 2-4 tablespoons ground cinnamon (to taste)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 6 cups double cream (1.4 litres)
  • 1 litre milk (approx.)


  1. First, peel and core the apples. Then chop them up into quite small pieces. 

  2. Heat the apples in a broad-based pan with the cinnamon and about half the sugar. Cook for a while to break down and soften the apples. 

  3. When they're starting to come apart easily you can transfer the lot into a blender and blend until smooth. Cool the apple sauce.

  4. While it's cooling, combine the eggs and remaining sugar and whisk until well mixed. Then add the cream. 

  5. Once the apples are cool, stir them into the cream mix and add enough milk to reach the correct measure.

  6. Transfer to your freezer and crank!

Recipe Notes

I recommend Bramley (cooking) apples for the best results.

I strapped the White Mountain to my bike and went to the pub to crank!

This was a great batch of ice cream. Normally I try to use Bramley (cooking) apples, which tend to give the best results. But I had loads of these colourful “Jazz” apples that I had bought as props for a short film, and they ended up doing the job just fine.

Peter Gerard

Peter carried the hand-cranking ice cream tradition from his family in Missouri to Scotland and eventually to New York. He is now likely the biggest importer of White Mountain Freezers to Europe, having imported more than a dozen machines...

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3 Responses

  1. Aunt Nancy* says:

    Yummy! We made ice cream (the “new” Russell recipe, of course) at Sam’s this past weekend. It was delicious. I think I will try this apple cinnamon recipe soon. I love the combination. Miss you! Love, Aunt Nancy*

  2. Peter Gerard says:

    Great! Let us know how it goes.

  1. 28 September 2009

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