Let me start by saying coffee ice cream is not my preferred flavor. When I first purchased my ice cream maker I asked Ruth and Stacey what kind of ice cream they wanted me to make and they both said coffee. It only took me 6 months to finally make coffee ice cream.
As far as coffee ice cream goes, this is a good one. The secret, just like my mint brownie fudge ice cream, is infusing the milk/sugar/cream mixture with your flavoring agent for a long period of time. A very long period of time. When the flavors have adequate time to marry, every bite is deeply flavorful and intense.
Because I am a bit high maintenance, I don't make coffee at home, and yes, I buy coffee everyday. Monday-Friday I usually stop at 7-11 for my fix, but on Saturdays and Sundays I like to visit my favorite Park Slope coffee shop, Venticinque. They have the only cafe au lait, my drink of choice, I will drink without sugar. It's that delicious and flavorful without any of the bitterness that can so often accompany coffee.
By no means am I a coffee connissquer, but I like what I like. I stopped by Venticinque to pick up some Counter Culture beans to make the ice cream with, I believe good beans matter. You can use your favorite bean, even decaf. All-in-all, coffee ice cream is a fantastic recipe to have in your arsenal for all the coffee lovers in your life.
One Year Ago: Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes
1 1/2 cups whole coffee beans, I used Counter Culture 1 1/2 cups whole milk 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 + 1 cup heavy cream pinch of salt 85 grams (about 5) egg yolks 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder 1/8 cup whipped vodka
- Place the bowl of your ice cream maker in the freezer the night before.
- In a medium sauce pan with a lid, bring the coffee beans, milk, sugar, and 1/2 cup of heavy cream to a simmer. Once the mixture has reached a simmer (not boil), turn off the heat and place the lid on top for one hour for the mixture to seep.
- After an hour bring the mixture to a simmer again. Meanwhile whisk the egg yolks with a pinch of salt.
- Add the coffee/milk mixture to the eggs one ladle-full at a time while whisking to temper the eggs. Once the eggs have reached a warm temperature, add them to the pot on the stove.
- Heat the coffee/milk/egg mixture until it thickens, stirring often. The mixture should coat the back of a spoon and when you draw a line through it with your finger the line stays.
- Push the mixture through a fine sieve and make sure to squeeze all of the liquid from the coffee bean. Add the remaining 1 cup of heavy cream, vanilla, espresso powder, and vodka. Stir to combine.
- Refrigerate until the mixture is cold.
- Churn according to your ice cream machine’s directions. Place a in a freezer-safe container and freeze until firm.