Coffee Ice Cream

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Homemade coffee ice cream recipe using milk and cream infused with whole coffee beans.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

I love coffee ice cream, but rarely get it because the caffeine does a number on me. If I have coffee or even mocha ice cream after dinner I’m jittery until 3 am.

So, when I opened David Lebovitz‘s book, The Perfect Scoop and found a recipe for coffee ice cream, the ice cream maker bowl immediately went into the freezer.

If you make your own coffee ice cream, you can make it with decaffeinated beans! No late night jitters. Safe for kids.

David has provided helpful advice for me on practically every ice cream recipe on this site, which have all turned out great, so it’s no wonder that his new book’s recipes are spot on. I think this is the best coffee ice cream I’ve ever had.

Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

  • Yield: Makes 1 quart

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups whole coffee beans (decaf unless you want the caffeine in your ice cream)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely ground coffee (press grinds through a fine mesh sieve)

Method

1 Steep milk with sugar, coffee beans, salt, and cream: 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 Set remaining cream into a bowl over ice bath with sieve: 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 Temper the egg yolks: 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 Heat egg milk coffee mixture until it thickens: Stir the custard 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 and process in ice cream maker: Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Dee

    Amazing !! and thats from a coffee addict !! The best coffee ice cream i’ve ever tasted anywhere … and easy to make too :) thank you so much for sharing the recipe

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  2. Fernanda

    The best coffee ice cream I’ve ever made! Great recipe!

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  3. Cécile

    Great recipe but way too much sugar. Next time will only put 1/2 or 3/4 of a cup.

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  4. Christine

    It turned out great, is so creamy, and I love being able to make it with decaf beans so I know it’s okay to eat at night and to feed to my kids! Wonderful recipe!

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  5. Samantha

    I make this and it is the biggest hit with EVERYONE! I use Trader Joe’s Decaf coffee and instead of letting it sit for 1 hour, I let it sit for much longer, depends on how much time I have, but sometimes overnight and the coffee flavor is amazing!!
    I double the recipe, use less egg yolks, and dont do the coffee grinds. I’ve done the coffee grinds before, but doesnt change the flavor. I do add chopped chocolate in it too to get a yummy crunch!

    xxxxxyyyyy

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