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Would You Like A Little Ice Cream With Your Coffee?

Today is National Coffee Ice Cream Day. According to a commonly accepted legend, around 700 AD, a shepherd in East Africa discovered the coffee plant. He noticed that his flock was highly active after eating a certain type of red berry. He tried the berries for himself and noted his new found alertness. He informed a nearby monk who used the berry to create a drink. The monk was so delighted by the extra hours awake that word spread and voila coffee was born.

As an ice cream flavor, coffee was not introduced until later of course, but it's a flavor that is undeniably popular all over the world. If you've got an ice cream maker, celebrate by making coffee ice cream today. To give my recipe a churn,

Coffee Ice Cream
From Recipe Zaar
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2 cups heavy cream
1 3/4 cups whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup Kahlua*
3 tablespoons espresso powder
6 large egg yolks

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the cream, milk, sugar, Kahlua and espresso powder. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Remove from the heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the egg yolks until thickened.
  3. Whisk 1 cup of the hot cream into the egg yolks. Gradually add the egg mixture in a slow, steady stream, to the hot cream.
  4. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and strain through a fine mesh strainer into a clean container.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing down against the surface to keep a skin from forming. Refrigerate until well chilled, at least 2 hours.
  7. Remove from the refrigerator and pour into the bowl of an ice cream machine. Freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze overnight, until very firm.

Serves 12.

*If you wish to omit the Kahlua use 1/4 cup more whole milk.

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Join The Conversation
Sungoddess379 Sungoddess379 9 years
Ooh! I'm glad somebody shouted out Starbucks coffee ice cream. For those who haven't tried it, it is divine. If you can't get that, just put some coffee in your ice cream and taste it. As someone here said, it helps to like coffee to like coffee ice cream, and I definitely need to follow someone's advice and eat the ice cream w/ oreos! Sounds delish ;)
Fancy04 Fancy04 9 years
I never tried coffee and ice cream together.
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
I love coffee ice cream. I mix it with oreos and it's divine!
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
I've never tried coffee icecream. Well I don't like coffee, but I do like icecream. And I love coffee cake :DROOL: Think I'll just get some Ben & Jerrys....
piraterie piraterie 9 years
Coffee ice cream is so good. I'm not really a huge ice cream fan, but coffee flavor is hard to turn down.
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
I love coffee, and I love ice cream, but I've never had coffee ice cream...might have to give it a try!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I would like ice cream at anytime! I like coffee ice cream.
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
I love coffee ice cream! I really like Starbuck's mocha latte ice cream, soooo yummy.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
My husband likes coffee ice cream, but I'm not much of a fan. Guess it might help to like coffee!
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
Coffee ice cream is my absolute favorite. In fact, I had some just last night. :drool:
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i am totally drooling over that pic now!
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