A hot cup of coffee is a great way to get a little caffeine in your day, but it may not be the most refreshing beverage when it’s 90 degrees outside. This basic coffee ice cream recipe takes the flavor of a strong cup of coffee and churns it with milk, cream and sugar to give you a refreshing summer take on a cup of coffee.
This recipe is simple and just uses the basics. But that doesn’t mean that it is boring! One of the best parts of a simple recipe is that it can be adapted to suit your taste. Check out the “Tips” section for a few ideas of how you can customize your coffee ice cream with a unique finish. I always make new recipes as they are written once, and then I work on tweaking the ingredient list until it is perfect.
- 2 cup milk
- 2 cup heavy cream
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cup strong brewed coffee, hot
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Combine the hot coffee and sugar and stir to dissolve the sugar.
- Allow the coffee to cool to room temperature. Stir in the milk, cream and vanilla extract.
- Refrigerate your ice cream base until it is completely cold (at least one hour). Taste the mixture to see if it has enough sugar and coffee flavor for you.
- Freeze according to the directions for your ice cream maker.
- Store the coffee ice cream in an air-tight container in the freezer. Freezing it for at least an hour after it is churned will help it set up with a firmer texture.
- To increase the coffee flavor, add a tablespoon of instant espresso powder into the hot coffee when you stir in the sugar. This may make a beverage that is too hot to drink, but it will be perfect once you combine it with the milk and cream.
- Anything you like in a cup of coffee can be added to this recipe. Punch it up with a different extract or a pinch of spice. For example, a little bit of cinnamon can warm up coffee and make it unique, so try adding 1/2 teaspoon of the spice into your ice cream base. A little pumpkin pie spice is another unique addition.
- One of the most common additions for coffee ice cream is chocolate or cocoa powder, to give you a mocha ice cream. Try adding a gourmet chocolate chip or chunks to give a little fun texture to the dessert.
- You don’t have to stick to plain sugar if you don’t want to. The molasses in brown sugar will give you a deep, rich flavor. Or, swap out some of the sugar for maple syrup for a fun fall flavor.