Coffee Ice Cream
Do you like coffee? Do you like rich creamy ice cream? If you said yes to those questions (and I’m guessing you did!), then this is the dessert treat recipe for you!
A rich homemade custard ice cream base that’s made with real whole coffee beans!
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Whole coffee beans
Using whole coffee beans gives a nice bold coffee flavor, and brewing the coffee beans in the milk helps to ensure a creamy smooth consistency to the ice cream.
If you use regular brewed coffee in ice cream, the water that was used to brew the coffee will turn into ice crystals. And, ice crystals in your ice cream translates to an icy treat. Not what we want in this smooth ice cream.
Using whole coffee beans also allows you to choose your flavor. Want a bold rich straightforward flavor? Use a dark roast like French roast.
Want a flavored coffee like French vanilla, hazelnut, or toffee? Grab a bag of one of those fun flavors.
You can also make this Coffee Ice Cream with decaffeinated beans. I know so many people who are bothered by caffeine, and decaf beans will help make sure there are no late night jitters after you eat this dessert treat.
I also love that using whole coffee beans allows them to be easily removed from the milk after infusing their flavor. Just strain them out, easy peasy.
Want to add some fun mix ins to your coffee ice cream?
Chop up some chocolate covered espresso beans and toss them in
Toffee pieces – they even sell toffee pieces in the baking aisle at the grocery store
Chopped toasted pecans or almonds
For mix ins like these, simply add them when the ice cream is just about done mixing in the machine.
Or, use the layer and swirl method. Remove one-third of the finished soft ice cream from the machine, and spoon it into a freezer safe container.
Remember my favorite container is this insulated ice cream tub. Cover the ice cream with one-third of the sauce or jam. Repeat, making layers with the remaining ice cream and sauce. Place the layered ice cream in the freezer to firm it up before serving. As you scoop, it will look like swirls.
Kitchen tools you may need
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Coffee Ice Cream Recipe
Coffee Ice Cream
- 1 ½ cups milk
- ¾ cup whole coffee beans
- ¾ cup sugar
- 3 large egg yolks
- 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups heavy cream
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine the milk and coffee beans in a heavy medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower the heat, cover, and keep warm for 20 minutes.
While the coffee beans steep, beat the sugar into the egg yolks in a medium mixing bowl, until they’re thickened and pale yellow. Beat in the flour and salt. Set aside.
- Remove the coffee beans with a skimmer or slotted spoon, or pour milk through a strainer catching the coffee milk on the other end. Slowly beat the warm milk into the eggs and sugar. Pour the entire mixture back into the pan and place over low heat. Stir constantly with a whisk or wooden spoon until the custard thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Be careful not to let the mixture boil, or the eggs will scramble. Remove from heat, and pour the hot coffee custard through a strainer into a large, clean bowl. Allow the custard to cool slightly, and stir in the cream and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate until cold or overnight.
- Stir the chilled custard, and freeze in your ice cream machine, according to manufacturer’s instructions. When finished, the ice cream will be soft, but ready to eat. For firmer ice cream, transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze at least 2 hours.