As the seasons come and go, our taste for coffee drinks and snacks changes too. For the cold winter months, nothing is better than a cup of good old fashion hot coffee. Though people enjoy hot coffee even on hot sweltering days, a glass of ice-cold coffee is what we really want. And do you know what’s even better than iced coffee during a hot day? ICE CREAM! Not just any type of ice cream, coffee ice cream, of course.
What’s even better is that you don’t have to drive out to buy artificially flavored coffee ice cream anymore. After all, a bit of effort will make a homemade coffee ice cream just like a walk in the park. There’s not even a need to look further, we have sourced the internet to find the best recipe for you. Below are the steps with tips and tricks to make the best homemade coffee ice cream ever.
- Simple Steps To Get Delicious Homemade Coffee Ice cream
- Step 1: Gathering your ingredients
- Step 2: Steep/soak the milk with the sugar, coffee beans, salt, and cream
- Step 3: Put the leftover cream over an ice bath
- Step 4: Temper your egg yolks
- Step 5: Heat the mixture until it thickens
- Step 6: Pour the custard through the strainer and stir into the cream
- Step 7: Chill and process in an ice cream maker
- Additional step 8: Freeze and stir method
- How To Serve Homemade Coffee Ice Cream
- Advantages Of Making Your Own Coffee Ice Cream
Simple Steps To Get Delicious Homemade Coffee Ice cream
Step 1: Gathering your ingredients
For the simplest but creamy, delicious coffee ice cream, there are only a few easy ingredients that you will need. And you never know, you might already even have them in your kitchen. For this recipe, you will need
- 1 ½ cups of whole milk
- ¾ cup of sugar
- 1 ½ cups of your favorite whole coffee beans
- A pinch of salt
- 1 ½ cups of heavy cream
- 5 egg yolks
- ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon of finely ground coffee
Tip 1: You can use decaf coffee beans instead of normal coffee beans. So, this homemade coffee ice cream can be enjoyed by everyone including pregnant women, small children, and the elderly.
Step 2: Steep/soak the milk with the sugar, coffee beans, salt, and cream
After gathering all your ingredients, the next step is to prepare our mixture. Mix together:
- Coffee beans
- ½ Cup of the cream
Next, heat the mixture in a medium-sized pan until it is warm and steamy. Then, remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture rest on the counter for an hour.
Tip 2: Always watch your mixture while it’s being heated to make sure it doesn’t boil. If you let it heat up until it boils, the milk will start to separate. In this case, you will have to start over again.
Step 3: Put the leftover cream over an ice bath
While the mixture is cooling down, you can get started on the next step. In a medium-sized metal blow, pour the remaining 1 cup of cream in. Then, set the metal bowl over a larger bowl that is filled with ice. Next, set a mesh strainer on top and set it aside.
Tip 3: Pour the cream into a metal bowl only since no other type of bowl can absorb the coldness from the ice.
Step 4: Temper your egg yolks
By the time you get to this step, the milk mixture probably has cooled down to room temperature. What you have to do now is reheat it, on medium heat, until warm and steamy again. And in a bowl, whisk the egg yolks together.
Next, slowly pour the warm milk and coffee mixture into the bowl with the egg yolks while whisking. This will make the egg yolks get tempered by the milk. After that, pour the mixture back into the pan.
Tip 4: While pouring the warm milk into the egg yolks, make sure to constantly whisk the mixture so that the eggs will not get cooked by it. We definitely don’t want any cooked egg bits in our finished ice cream.
Step 5: Heat the mixture until it thickens
At this step, the mixture has now become a custard. Stir the custard and mix constantly over medium heat with a spatula or wooden spoon until it thickens up. To know if the custard is thick enough, coat the spatula or wooden spoon and run your finger across the coating. If the custard isn’t running, then the mixture is done.
Tip 5: Make sure to scrape the bottom of the pan while you stir. This is to make sure that no coffee beans settle on the bottom and possibly burn. If the coffee beans burn, it will give your ice cream a burnt flavor and, of course, isn’t something we want.
Step 6: Pour the custard through the strainer and stir into the cream
With the custard, next, pour it through the strainer into the bowl with the cream that was set atop the ice bath in step 3. Then throw away the whole coffee beans and mix in the vanilla and finely ground coffee, and stir until the mixture cools down.
Tip 6: Press hard on the coffee beans in the strainer to get as much of the coffee flavor as possible before discarding the beans.
Step 7: Chill and process in an ice cream maker
For the last step, all you have to do now is chill the mixture in the refrigerator and then process it with an ice cream maker to finally get homemade coffee ice cream.
However, if you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can still enjoy some fresh homemade coffee ice cream by following a few more steps below.
Additional step 8: Freeze and stir method
For those who don’t own an ice cream maker, you will need a bit more time and a deep stainless steel baking dish or pan.
First, pour the finished mixture into the baking dish and freeze it for around 45 minutes, As it starts to freeze at the edges, remove the dish from the freezer and stir it forcefully with a spatula or wooden spoon then place it back into the freezer. Continue this freeze and stir method every 30 minutes until the mixture is frozen or has an ice cream consistency.
Tip 7: Use a handheld mixer or blender to help with the stirring since stirring cold things require a bit of strength.
How To Serve Homemade Coffee Ice Cream
Homemade coffee is super-duper easy to serve. After following all the steps and the wait for the ice cream to become frozen, nothing is easier than to just scope some ice cream into a bowl and enjoy it as it is.
However, if you want to go the extra mile, you can serve it in the form of an ice cream sandwich. For the sandwich part, there are so many options for you to choose from such as cookies, waffles, or even brownies. The possibilities are endless! And there’s no need to worry about flavor combinations as the coffee ice cream can go with almost everything.
Advantages Of Making Your Own Coffee Ice Cream
1. Easy ingredients
The ingredients needed to make any ice cream base like milk, eggs, sugar are always stocked in the kitchen. And for us, coffee addicts, coffee beans practically live in the pantry. Since these are ingredients commonly used in everyday cooking, you can easily make homemade coffee ice cream anytime without having to go grocery shopping.
2. Having control over everything
With making anything yourself, you have complete control over the process, time, and especially what goes into it. For store-bought ice cream, you have no idea what goes into it even after reading the ingredients list since there are many additives and preservatives added in to preserve the product and keep the creamy ice cream texture.
However, with homemade ice cream, you can add or remove whatever you want. You can use more natural and healthy ingredients, and achieve delicious coffee ice cream without the extra chemicals.
3. Cater to all tastes
Making your own coffee ice cream is easy and you can cater to everyone’s tastes. For those who enjoy stronger tasting coffee, you can use coffee beans that have a higher caffeine level to make the coffee flavor in the ice cream darker and bolder. While for little kids and the elderly who can’t consume too much caffeine, you can use decaffeinated coffee beans. Decaffeinated coffee beans are coffee beans that have had 97% of their caffeine removed.
4. Fun activities for families
Besides eating it, making homemade coffee ice cream is an activity that can be enjoyable for the whole family, especially the little ones. Parents can involve the children through the entire cooking process. It can be a way to have fun with the kids while also teaching them something new.
Cooking can be a way to get the children’s eyes away from the computer screens and tablets. And you never know you might be introducing them to a new hobby, and they might even make a career out of it.
In this video you will find the best coffee ice cream recipe that you can try at home. Enjoy.