Bold and Bracing Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

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Why This Recipe Works

  • A moderate-butterfat base makes for an ice cream that's creamy but ultimately refreshing.
  • 5 tablespoons of ground coffee brings loads of coffee flavor and just the right amount of bitterness.

Like your iced coffee dark with just a splash of milk and sugar? This is the ice cream for you. Loads of coffee and a restrained amount of cream make for an eye-opening coffee flavor with a bold, but not overwhelming, amount of bitterness.

Recipe Details

Bold and Bracing Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

Active 60 mins
Total 6 hrs
Serves 8 servings
Makes 1 quart


  • 6 large egg yolks

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 5 tablespoons medium grind coffee

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste


  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, and coffee until well combined. Whisk in cream and milk until yolk mixture is fully incorporated.

  2. Place pot over medium-low heat and cook, whisking frequently, until a custard forms on a spoon and a finger swiped across the back leaves a clean line, or until custard temperature reaches 170°F. Stir in salt to taste.

  3. Strain custard through a fine mesh strainer and chill in either ice bath or refrigerator until it is very cold, about 40°F. Churn in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions, then transfer to an airtight container and to harden in freezer for at least 4 hours before serving.

Special equipment

ice cream maker

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
313 Calories
22g Fat
23g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 313
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 13g 63%
Cholesterol 218mg 73%
Sodium 165mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 105mg 8%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 162mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)