One fine (hot) day, the thought of coffee-based ice cream suddenly crossed my mind.
The first thing I did was to nose around the cupboards of my pantry and my fridge. The second thing I did was to ask Google what kind of coffee ice cream I could devise with all these leftover stuffs.
And so, this was what my nosing around and googling came up with:
- 1 1/2 cups milk (full cream/low-fat)
- 1/4 cup condensed milk
- 2 egg yolks
- 3 tbsp instant coffee powder
- 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp granulated white sugar (or to taste)
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/3 cup Kahlua
- 50 gr dark chocolate
- In a medium saucepan, combine milk with coffee and cocoa powder. Heat it up while continuously stirring until just before it boils. Turn off the heat.
- In a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks and condensed milk until combined. Pour a quarter of hot coffee chocolate milk into egg yolk mixture while continuously stirring it, and pour the mixture back into the saucepan.
- Cook the mixture over low heat, continuously stirring, until it thickens (around 6 to 8 minutes). Stir sugar in (feel free to add more sugar to taste). Let it cool for 10 minutes, cover the surface of the mixture with plastic wrap (the plastic wrap should touch the surface to prevent skin from forming) and refrigerate for an hour or two.
- Before pouring mixture into ice cream maker, fold in heavy cream. While ice cream maker is working, pulse dark chocolate in food processor until the size of small pebbles. Add chocolate and Kahlua during the last 5 minutes of ice cream processing time.
- Enjoy immediately if you like your ice cream soft, otherwise let it sit in the freezer for a couple of hours before digging in.
And the verdict?
The taste of the ice cream itself was perfect; a balance of bitterness, sweetness, and creaminess with a bite of chocolate here and there. In fact, I found the taste got better the longer I kept it in the freezer. Next time though, I would probably be more generous with the Kahlua as this one hardly packed a punch at all. But for now, this would do 😉