How To Make Coffee Ice Cream

Three great coffee ice cream recipes, with fun variations.

Coffee lovers adore the rich and creamy flavor of chocolate ice cream. It is a delicious and refreshing treat that you can easily make at home with an ice cream machine. Whether you have an electric model or a hand-churned ice cream maker, you can easily have coffee ice cream in a few hours.

Try one of these great recipes for frozen desserts sure to please your taste buds, but remember that coffee ice cream has caffeine so consume with caution close to bedtime.

BASIC COFFEE ICE CREAM

4 cups heavy cream

1 3/4 cups sugar

3 eggs, beaten

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 cup cold espresso or other very strong coffee

Cook the cream in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Add the sugar and blend, continuing to cook until there are small bubbles, but the cream is not yet boiling. Slowly add the beaten eggs, continuing to stir until the mixture starts to thicken. Blend in the coffee, salt and vanilla and chill the mixture in the refrigerator. Once the mixture is cold, follow the directions from the ice cream machine manufacturer for churning. Remove the ice cream and serve soft or place in the freezer to harden.



CAFÉ MOCHA ICE CREAM

4 cups heavy cream

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 eggs, beaten

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup cold espresso or other very strong coffee

1/2 cup chocolate syrup

optional: 1/2 cup chocolate covered espresso beans

Blend cream and sugar in a saucepan and cook over low to medium heat until the mixture is ready to boil. Slowly add the eggs, stirring constantly and continuing to cook until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and blend in the salt, vanilla, coffee and chocolate syrup. Chill the ice cream mixture in the refrigerator, then churn in an ice cream machine. To include chocolate covered espresso beans, add them in the last few minutes of churning to keep them from breaking up.

SUPER FAST, NO-COOK, NO EGGS COFFEE ICE CREAM

1 can (14 ounces) of chilled sweetened condensed milk

1 1/2 cups of milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup cold espresso

Place all of the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and blend thoroughly. Place mixture into ice cream machine and follow the manufacturer's churning directions.

VARIATIONS

Decaffeinated coffee can be substituted for the coffee in any of the recipes, as long as it is flavorful and brewed strongly.

In any of the recipes, try adding chocolate chips, miniature marshmallows, almonds or white chocolate for extra flavor and texture.

Instant espresso powder can be used to make the coffee for any of these recipes. To boost the coffee flavor in either of the cooked recipes, add 2 teaspoons of instant espresso powder to the pre-made coffee.

For an extra kick, add 2 tablespoons of Kahlua or other coffee-flavored liqueur to the ice cream mixture. In cooked recipes, do not add the liqueur until the mixture has been cooled. Other liqueurs that may be added for flavored coffee ice creams are chocolate liqueur, Irish Cream or rum.

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