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Cinnamon Ice Cream Sundae with Apple Cider Reduction

Cinnamon Ice Cream Sundae with Apple Cider Reduction | A Couple Cooks

Cinnamon Ice Cream Sundae with Apple Cider Reduction | A Couple Cooks

This recipe was one of those where one of us exclaimed “THIS IS SO GOOD” immediately following the first bite, whereas the other less emotive one of us simply nodded approval and kept eating (you can guess who is who).

Either way, this is a tremendous way to use apple cider that we hadn’t tried before. Alex originally devised this idea as a fall take on our Peppermint Ice Cream and Hot Cocoa Affogato, where hot cocoa is poured over peppermint ice cream similar to a root beer float. We tried a hot cider float, which as you could guess ended up being a white, watery mess (and yes, we served to guests…thankfully the taste made up for it!). With the remaining cider, we decided to reduce it down just a bit, and ended up with a caramely, sticky sauce that could only be described as “apple cider essence”. This is some good stuff.

Ironic how we just talked about eating in moderation (thanks for your kind comments, by the way), and we’re now sharing a decadent dessert. All things in moderation, right? This dessert actually is made of all whole and natural foods, so its not quite the decadence that it seems. Though unfortunately natural foods in mass quantities don’t necessarily qualify as “healthy” either, so we just try to keep the portion size reasonable!

Some stats:

Ice cream: Coconut milk base, sweetened with honey

Cider reduction: Apple cider only

Overall: Works for whole foods, gluten-free, dairy-free diets

Cinnamon Ice Cream Sundae with Apple Cider Reduction | A Couple CooksCinnamon Ice Cream Sundae with Apple Cider Reduction | A Couple Cooks

Cinnamon Ice Cream
 
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Makes: 8
What You Need
  • 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk (refrigerate before using if possible)
  • 14-ounce can light coconut milk
  • ⅓ to ½ cup honey
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Pinch kosher salt
What To Do
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cans coconut milk and ⅓ to ½ cup honey (depending on your sweetness preference).
  2. With a sharp knife, cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds with a knife, then add them to the bowl with the coconut milk and honey.
  3. Add 2 teaspoon cinnamon and a pinch of kosher salt and whisk vigorously to combine.
  4. Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker (it helps if the mixture is cold before freezing; as noted above, we keep cans of coconut milk in the refrigerator so they are already cold). Or, make it without the machine.
  5. You can eat the ice cream right away for a soft serve texture, or freeze it for about 2 hours for a harder texture. Enjoy!
Apple Cider Reduction
 
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Makes: ⅓ to ½ cup
What You Need
  • 3 cups apple cider
What To Do
  1. In a saucepan, place 3 cups cider over medium high heat. Bring to a low boil and boil for about 30 to 35 minutes until starts to thickens and becomes caramel in color, but before burning or solidifying. Make sure to watch carefully in the last 10 minutes or so to ensure the proper timing.
  2. Pour into a separate container and let cool (it will thicken as it cools).
  3. Re-heat prior to serving if necessary.
Cinnamon Ice Cream Sundae with Apple Cider Reduction
 
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Makes: 8
What You Need
  • Cinnamon ice cream
  • Apple cider reduction
  • ½ cup pecans
What To Do
  1. Make the ice cream. If you'd like a hard ice cream texture, make it 3 to 4 hours in advance (or the night before) to ensure a hard texture.
  2. Make the apple cider reduction.
  3. Chop the pecans.
  4. When ready to serve, spoon ice cream into dishes; top with apple cider reduction and chopped pecans.
 

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Comments 8

  1. Tieghan

    This is a true fall treat!! I would love it, especially the cider reduction!! YUM! Oh and I love the coconut milk ice cream! I have yet to try ice cream with coconut milk, but it is on my list!

  2. Emma

    Delicious! I made a cheat’s cinnamon ice cream just stirring cinnamon into store-bought vanilla ice cream but this is so much better.

  3. Theresa Ledford

    Oh. My. God. That sounds like a dessert stolen from the dessert cart of the gods. I have heard of cinnamon ice cream on another site too (theirs was not home made), and I must try this no matter what else I do this winter! I am so happy to find whole food recipes as I have a gene mutation that has made my body hold onto everything I ever ingested in my life. I look forward to more posts! New follower! Possible stalker!

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