Friday, August 27, 2010

Ice Cream Fridays: Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream



Welcome to another edition of Ice Cream Fridays. Every Friday you can look forward to a new ice cream recipe which will hopefully inspire you to break out your old dust covered ice cream maker that is hiding somewhere in a closet (yes, I'm talking about you). Since I'm always looking for inspiration and ideas, feel free to leave me a comment here on my blog or on my facebook page, and let me know what ice cream flavor you would like to see.

If you are like me, there is no way to get the day started without a couple of cups of decent coffee. In fact, my family knows not to mess with me until I'm properly caffeinated. Strange thing is, I never liked coffee or anything coffee flavored while growing up. This all changed when I met my husband. He couldn't start his day without a few cups of coffee and would continue drinking coffee throughout the day. There was always freshly brewed coffee around, and I started getting hooked on the brown stuff as well. The adults take coffee serious in our home!



So, when I was looking over my list of ice cream flavors still left to make before I retire Ice Cream Fridays for the year, I realized I had yet to make a coffee ice cream. Well, I definitely knew that needed to be changed. Again, I was torn between several different recipes, but this one simply won out for it's ease of preparation. The recipe calls for only a handful of ingredients and is made in 5 minutes flat. Strong coffee or espresso is mixed with sweetened condensed milk (the nectar of the gods) and a bit of half-and-half with a pinch of finely ground coffee. That's all there is to it. I think one of my easiest ice creams to date. After a good chill in the refrigerator it is churned in the ice cream maker. Done!

Whoa, can I just say buzz! This flavor was strong, delicious, and melted in your mouth. It was like eating your morning coffee in a bowl. Definite hit, and because of the ease-of-preparation factor, it deserves one of the highest ratings. My teenage daughter, who by the way is NOT a coffee lover, thought this was one incredible flavor that should be packaged and sold (if only this was my recipe). This will go into my top 5 ice creams I have made this year for sure.
So, if you are one of those coffee addicts as well, don't wait, and make this ice cream as soon as possible, and thank me later ;o)



Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream
(adapted from "The Perfect Scoop")
(Printable Recipe)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups brewed espresso or very strongly brewed coffee
1/2 cup half-and-half
Big pinch of finely ground dark roast coffee

Preparation:

Whisk together the condensed milk, espresso, half-and-half, and ground coffee. Chill the mixture thoroughly, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.
 

28 comments:

  1. I never would have thought to use sweetened condensed milk for ice cream - what a fabulous idea! I too am a coffee addict, or was anyway. I'm off the stuff for the next 7 moths or so, but then I'm sure I'll be back to my all day coffee drinking.

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  2. Oh yes! Sweetened condensed milk is the nectar of the gods:) No doubt that this is a wonderful ice cream flavor.

    Love all the pics with the coffee beans.

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  3. This sounds simply delicious! I love coffee ice cream.

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  4. Great, no egg custard base necessary. I will be making it this weekend.
    Selbst unsere Kinder sind seit klein auf Kaffee Fans.

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  5. This sounds so good..I love coffee ice-cream and also I always make no-custard ice-creams!

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  6. Oh Yums!! Who doesn't love ice-creams!!

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  7. You have found my weakness. I'm not a huge fan of ice cream... BUT coffee ice cream is soooooooooooo good!
    ~Prairie Story ... care of Alison Zulyniak

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  8. Ohhhhhh boy!!! I really need to get an icecream maker.

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  9. Susi, this is such a fabulous idea. I love Vietnamese coffee but never thought of using it in an ice cream. Kudos. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  10. I'm seeing so many yummy ice cream recipes. I think I need to get an ice cream maker.

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  11. I think this just may be all my ice cream dreams come true! I love coffee ice cream, but have never tried to make it at home. After seeing how simple and easy this recipe is, I'm gonna have to give it a try!

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  12. Coffee ice cream is awesome! I love the simplicity of this recipe :)

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  13. Great coffee ice cream. I haven't had ice-cream for a while and your blog post is making me go for it.

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  14. I was the same way with coffee, didn't start drinking it until I was 25, and didn't like it...coffee ice cream ...yuk......but now everything has changed, I do love coffee ice cream! Yours sounds very interesting with the ground coffee in it, I would love to try it, I just need an ice cream maker!

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  15. Coffee ice cream is without a doubt my very favorite. I have the ingredients and it's supposed to be a hot weekend. I know what we're having! (I really want that book!)

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  16. I adore coffee...truly it IS my vice! I think this dessert would be perfect for me!

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  17. Your ice cream looks great, and I love coffee, and I love ice cream, and I have no ice cream maker! Can it be done with the same ingredients in the freezer, perhaps with occasional stirring while it freezes, say every 15 minutes?

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  18. Hi Houdidni, thanks for stopping by :o) Yes, the good news is that ice cream CAN be made without an ice cream maker. David Lebovitz posted a great tutorial on "How To Make Ice Cream Without a Machine" a few years ago. Here is the link for you to check it out:
    http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2007/07/making-ice-crea-1/
    or you can check out Brown Eyed Baker's tutorial for two different methods:
    http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2010/06/21/how-to-make-homemade-ice-cream-without-an-ice-cream-maker/
    Hope this helps and please let me know how it turns out :o)

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  19. Sweetened condensed milk is a magic ingredient! Love the coffee flavoured ice cream.

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  20. Coffee ice cream if one of my favorites - this looks divine! I bet the condensed milk adds a richness and creaminess to it that can't be beat.

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  21. Love this! I wasn't too big on coffee until I got married either, and because my husband brews it every morning, I just can't resist! In ice cream form though...perfection :)

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  22. Ohhh...this looks so yummy! I love coffee flavored ice cream! :) I will have to pull out my ice cream maker and make some of this! Congratulations on making the top 9!

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  23. That does look amazing. We're coffee lovers too so this is right up our alley. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

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  24. I love coffee ice cream with anything. It has such a versitile flavour.
    David L has another coffee ice cream in his book in which you let kgs of coffee beans steep in milk for an hour. It was divine, as all of the ice creams that I've made from his book have been so far.
    I love your ice cream friday concept and will be back next week to check out some more!

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  25. This is a fantastic idea! I always order Vietnamese coffees and never thought to transform it into something even more decedent!

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  26. I love coffee everything...This looks so wonderful :)

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  27. I can't believe I haven't made this yet, I love The Perfect Scoop!

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