Combine sugar, half-and-half, and 2 1/2 cups 1% milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk cornstarch into 1/2 cup 1% milk. Stir mixture into pan; boil. Cook 2 minutes, stirring. Strain into a bowl. Stir in vanilla and cinnamon. Chill until cold, stirring occasionally. Process in an ice-cream maker. Scoop gelato into a container; freeze 2 hours.
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I'm almost as mad at myself for blindly following the recipe, as I am at the way it is written. It is ALWAYS a danger when heating milk that it could scorch (especially with sugar). It says "boil" in the directions, when it should really say something more like, "bring to a slow simmer, stirring constantly to avoid scorching". Now I have burnt tasting ice cream mix, and a high quality ruined sauce pan.I love cinnamon, but not sure I can bring myself to try this again.
This is OUTSTANDING! I wish I could give this 10 stars! This gelato is fantastic if you like spices like cinnamon. I only made a couple of changes. My dairy mix was different because I didn't have enough 1% milk. I subbed it with more half and half. I think the dairy mixture doesn't matter too much for homemade ice cream, as long as you don't go too light (skim, etc.). I added 2 tsp of cinnamon (after comparing to other cinnamon ice cream recipes) and I also tossed in 3 cinnamon sticks to the milk mixture as it heated and left the sticks in while the mixture chilled in the fridge (I chilled it overnight). Everyone raved about it. This would be the perfect accompaniment to apple pie. But it's truly delicious on it's own as well.
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