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coffee ice cream

Coffee Ice Cream

Homemade coffee ice cream. Use your favorite roast and brand of coffee beans to infuse flavor into this versatile ice cream base!
Yield: about 1 quart
Prep Time: 1 hr
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coffee ice cream, homemade ice cream
Servings: 4
Author: Maryanne Cabrera


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • cup whole coffee beans
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla paste


  • In a medium pot, bring cream, milk and 2 Tbsp sugar to a boil.  Microwave coffee beans for 30 seconds.  Once milk boils, take it off the heat.  Add the warmed coffee beans and stir.  Cover pot and let steep for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Strain milk coffee mixture and discard coffee beans. Place pot of milk over medium heat and bring to a boil.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks. Add ¼ cup sugar one tablespoon at a time. Once milk begins to boil, lower heat.
  • Temper hot milk into sugar yolk mixture. Slowly add hot milk into yolk about ¼ cup at a time, whisking to distribute heat. Continue to add milk into the yolk. Once all milk has been added, transfer everything back into the pot.
  • Stir over medium-low heat until mixture reaches nappe consistency, or 180°F on a thermometer. Let it sit at 180-185° F for 5 minutes to pasteurize mixture. Add espresso powder and vanilla. Stir until dissolved.
  • Pour mixture into a plastic wrap lined sheet tray. Spread over the sheet tray and cover with plastic warp. Let cool in freezer for 5-10 minutes until mixture has cooled to room temperature.
  • Transfer to airtight container and let mature in fridge overnight.
  • Freeze mixture in ice cream maker according to your unit’s instruction. Once the volume has increased by ½ to ¾ times, and reached a soft serve consistency, transfer mixture into an airtight container and let rest in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before serving.