Old Fashioned French Vanilla Coffee Ice Cream

January 28, 2012

Old Fashioned French Vanilla Coffee Ice Cream


  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream or whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups light cream or half-and-half
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 level tablespoons ground coffee
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Recipe shared by "blackjava". Added to the recipe files here by permission.
  2. Feel free to use just about any kind of coffee grounds here, but I think the vanilla flavor tastes right at home in this custard-based – meaning it contains egg yolks – ice cream. I’ve seen similar recipes for coffee ice cream in which the cream is steeped with whole coffee beans, but I think using grounds, and then straining them, gives the ice cream a much fuller coffee flavor. For an unforgettable summer dessert, serve this in small, chilled bowls with a warm chocolate sauce (see Warm Mocha Sauce), plain shortbread cookies, and coffee – naturally. Homemade ice cream can freeze up pretty firm if you make it several hours ahead, so if that’s the case just soften it slightly by transferring it to the refrigerator 15 to 30 minutes before serving.
  3. Combine the heavy cream, light cream, sugar, and ground coffee in a medium-size saucepan. Stir over medium heat for several minutes, without boiling, until the sugar dissolves. Cover and set aside to steep for 15 minutes.
  4. Line a sieve with cheesecloth and strain the cream through it. The cheesecloth will catch most of the grounds, but don’t be concerned if some of the fine flecks make their way through.
  5. Stir the egg yolks in a medium-size bowl. Gradually stir about 1 cup of the warm cream into the yolks, then transfer the yolk mixture and the remaining strained cream back to the saucepan. Gently heat the coffee custard over medium-low heat – stirring virtually nonstop – until it is thick enough to coat a spoon, about 5 minutes. Do not boil. Remove from the heat, pour the mixture into a shallow bowl, and stir in the vanilla. Set aside to cool, then cover and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours, or overnight.
  6. Transfer the chilled mixture to your ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  7. Makes 6 to 8 servings

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