Creamy Coffee Ice Cream

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Creamy Coffee Ice Cream

Although it’s true that vanilla is still the most popular ice cream, we love the deep flavor of coffee ice cream in the summer. Adding egg yolks yields a richer texture than Early American ice-cream recipes could produce. Use the best dark-roast beans you can find for superior flavor.

Total Time: 30 minutes
Hands-On Time: 1 hour plus 4-12 hours' chilling
Yield: 1-1/2 quarts


  • 3/4 cup whole dark-roast coffee beans
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2-1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


First, grind the coffee beans to a very coarse consistency and set aside.

In a large saucepan, warm the beans, milk, and sugar over medium heat, stirring continuously, until lightly steaming but not boiling. Turn the heat off and steep 30 minutes; then strain the liquid well through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth, and set aside.

In a medium-size bowl, whisk the egg yolks until pale yellow. Slowly drizzle in the coffee/milk mixture, whisking continuously. Once mixed, pour into a clean saucepan. Stir continuously over low heat until the mixture begins to thicken and coats the back of the spoon, or until the temperature reaches 175°, about 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat and let cool 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once cooled, whisk in the heavy cream and vanilla extract. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Pour into an ice-cream maker and prepare according to the machine's instructions.
  • My mother always made coffee jello and served with sliced bananas and whipped cream. So good.

  • coffee jello can be found on FOOD.COM
    Massachusetts folks always always loved coffee jello, sometimes making more coffee than needed just to have jello!

  • Years ago coffee gelatin was my father’s favorite. The recipe at that time was on the Knox gelatin package. Sometimes he would whip cream and fold it into the gelatin as it was setting making a mousse like desert. He lived all of his life in MA..

  • Jeanne

    OMG, Do folks really make coffee jello? I want the receipe if there is one. Thanks, Jeanne

  • Brenda

    Oh boy, delicious! what about coffee Jello, served in my corner of New England often with milk or cream and sugar!

  • We’re so glad you and your son enjoyed it, Jennifer! I know I enjoyed the many test batches in my kitchen… :)

  • Jennifer

    Great recipe! My 11 year old son and I made this on the weekend and it is so good! He did most of it himself and is quite proud of a very successful result.


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