What inspired this recipe? I love breakfast foods, but am never hungry in the mornings. My love for cinnamon-raisin bagels with cream cheese led me to this recipe. Adding vanilla-infused Jack Daniels (I am certain regular would be fine, too) raisins to the recipe gives the usually small, hard fruit a chewy texture and added punch in the final recipe.
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Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Ice Cream
For the cream cheese ice cream:
1 cup Sour cream
1 8 oz. Package cream cheese
1 c Half-and-half
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tablespoon Lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add immediately to ice cream maker and freeze. This will be very thick.
For the cinnamon ice cream:
4 cups Half-and-half
1 cups Sugar
6 Egg yolks
2 tablespoons Cinnamon
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeded
Set half-and-half and sugar in a double boiler. Add cinnamon and vanilla bean insides. Stir, cooking until mixture is very warm (steaming). In a measuring cup or other bowl, whisk some of the hot mixture into the egg yolks to temper. Continue until 1 - 1 1/2 cups of the mixture are combined, and then add back into double boiler. Stir mixture until it coats the back of a spoon. This should be creamier than most ice cream recipes because it has to match the cream cheese's consistency. Once cooled and refrigerated, freeze in ice cream maker.
For the raisins
1/2 cup Jack Daniels or other liquor
1/2 cup raisins
In a small saucepot, combine Jack Daniels and raisins. Stir occasionally over low heat, 10-15 minutes or until raisins are plump. Cool to room temperature before adding to rest of mixture.
Layer softened cream cheese ice cream, cinnamon ice cream and raisins; refreeze. Top with graham crackers, cinnamon bear crackers or bagel chips if desired.
p.s. it is a labor of love to do a photoshoot in the Austin summer heat! My balcony is about 110F during the month of August. :-)
p.p.s. The best I can do because live by myself (and my apartment lighting is terrible, hence the balcony pictures!) is to take a picture of the food in creation, in this case a picture of adding the cinnamon to the cream, but prettybirdpress can vouch that I brought it into the office and it was gone shortly after.
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