coffee ice cream

I posted yesterday a bit about making coffee ice cream. I froze it yesterday and man was it goooood. It’s got to be one of the best ice creams I’ve ever had. Chris loved it too, and he’s not huge on sweets.  Since it turned out well, I thought I’d pass along the recipe.

Coffee Ice Cream

Coffee Ice Cream


1 1/2 cups whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups whole coffee beans
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
5 large egg yolks
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon finely ground coffee


1 Heat the milk, sugar, whole coffee beans, salt, and 1/2 cup of the cream in a medium saucepan until it is quite warm and steamy, but not boiling. Once the mixture is warm, cover, remove from the heat, and let steep at room temperature for 1 hour.

2 Pour the remaining 1 cup of cream into a medium size metal bowl, set on ice over a larger bowl. Set a mesh strainer on top of the bowls. Set aside.

3 Reheat the milk and coffee mixture, on medium heat, until again hot and steamy (not boiling!). In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks together. Slowly pour the heated milk and coffee mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly so that the egg yolks are tempered by the warm milk, but not cooked by it. Scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.

4 Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof, flat-bottomed spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula so that you can run your finger across the coating and have the coating not run. This can take about 10 minutes.

5 Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the cream. Press on the coffee beans in the strainer to extract as much of the coffee flavor as possible. Then discard the beans. Mix in the vanilla and finely ground coffee, and stir until cool.

6 Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Makes one quart.

Recipe from David Lebovitz.

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2 Responses to coffee ice cream

  1. Sara says:

    I LOVE David Lebovitz!! I made one of his ice cream recipes without an ice cream maker, and it was delicious. Although not the same as ice cream, so I’m getting one for my birthday. It’s so easy to make, and so much better!

  2. ericamcmillian says:

    Now that his ice cream recipe turned out so well, I’m going to buy his book. Most homemade ice cream, while good, tastes very custard-y. Not his. I loved it.

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