Coffee Ice Cream

July 21, 2011

I’m not going to lie, one of the major perks about getting married had to be all the amazing kitchen gadgets we got from friends and family. It wasn’t that my kitchen was bare and in dire need of pots and pans, but there were a few items that I have had my eye on for some time but was too cheap to actually buy for myself.

One of those things being an ice cream maker.

Thankfully, our amazing friends Kurt, Sarah, Caleb and Jill read my mind (err….our registry) and bought us our very own ice cream maker attachment for my KitchenAid stand mixer. Needless to say, I was pretty excited and got to work making my first batch of ice cream in less than three days after returning home from San Diego.

The results were pretty darn stellar. The ice cream was smooth, creamy and full of rich coffee flavor – better than most coffee ice creams I have purchased. Of course, I can only imagine it would be stellar to stir in some chopped candy bars, chocolate covered espresso beans or a swirl of fudge, but for our first ice cream experiment I kept things simple.

Coffee Ice Cream
Recipe adapted from
*1 1/2 cups whole milk
*2 1/2 cups heavy cream
*1/3 cup granulated sugar
*1/3 cup brown sugar
*1 tablespoon instant coffee (I used decaf)
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*Pinch of salt
*4 egg yolks

*In a small bowl, beat together the egg yolks. Set aside.Ā 
*Combine the milk, 1 1/2 cups of the cream, the sugars, coffee, salt and vanilla in a large saucepan. Heat over medium high heat just until mixture begins to steam, stirring frequently.
*When mixture begins to steam, pour some of the mixture into the egg yolks, stirring quickly to combine and temper egg yolks so they warm but do not cook.
*Add egg yolk mixture back to remaining milk mixture in saucepan and continue to cook until mixture reaches 170Ā°F or it coats the back of a wooden spoon.
*Remove mixture from heat and add in the remaining 1 cup cold cream. Transfer to a large bowl. Refrigerate until chilled, preferably overnight.
*Once mixture is chilled, pour through a mesh sieve. Pour strained mixture into ice cream maker and prepare according to manufacturers instructions.

Happy cooking!



  • Reply Becki's Whole Life July 21, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I love that your first batch was coffee!! Yum, I might have to try this one – I think the kids would even have some.

  • Reply Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 21, 2011 at 10:58 am

    New kitchen items are so fun! I love coffee ice cream:-) Homemade is even better!

  • Reply Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories July 21, 2011 at 10:58 am

    An ice cream maker is on my list too! I will have to use this recipe when I get mine. šŸ™‚

  • Reply DessertForTwo July 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I love that it only took you 3 days to use your new machine šŸ™‚

  • Reply Urban Wife July 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Great inagural choice of ice cream! šŸ™‚

  • Reply helen July 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Homemade ice cream is the best… that you made a coffee flavor, thanks for sharing!

  • Reply The Newly Wedded July 22, 2011 at 4:41 am

    I love it – ice cream during this heat wave sounds fantastic (although it may not be 110 degrees where you are, I'm not sure…)!

    By the way, congratulations on your wedding! I love your wedding pictures and you are looking so fit by the way! I'm getting married in two weeks and I keep eating out of stress (our vendor hasn't called us back at all and other such small details).

  • Reply Diana @ a girl, a dog & an oven July 23, 2011 at 2:24 am

    Congrats on everything! Your ice cream looks yummy! šŸ™‚

    Do you have the KitchenAid that sits on the base or hangs on the tabs? I have the base kind and had problems with the ice cream mixer attachment. I used one of the recipes in the book that came with it, and the dasher part kept slipping off the top. Just wondering if anyone else had this issue.

  • Reply miri leigh July 24, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    This looks awesome!

  • Reply Jklkjklkdjlskj Hfkslmdhf February 12, 2012 at 7:20 am

    omg yum!

  • Reply Dan July 29, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    I love the coffee ice cream!

    Check out this cool tutorial on how to make homemade Cuban coffee


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