Friday, July 13, 2012

French Roasted Coffee Ice Cream


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My family adores dark chocolate.  Yes, including my kids.  My hubby probably is the one most crazy about dark chocolate.  So, when I made this Valrhona Dark Chocolate Ice Cream, he was over the moon.  I’ve already made many batches of the dark chocolate ice cream since I’ve got the ice cream machine.  Now, we  (hubby and I) have a new favorite.  This French Roasted Coffee Ice Cream!  I can’t believe he loves this coffee ice cream more than the dark chocolate one.  But, I have to tell you, this French Roasted Coffee Ice Cream really is special....and yes, I love this even more than the dark chocolate ice cream too.

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I used to love Starbucks' coffee ice cream because it’s the strongest among the store bought brands I’ve tried.  When my morning cup of joe can't even wake me up, I need to consume some strong coffee ice cream.  Nah...not really, I probably need it more in the afternoon to prevent myself from taking a nap.  After making this French Roasted Coffee Ice Cream at home, I’m glad to declare my home made version is way better than Starbucks'.  Not only the coffee flavor is bold and strong, but it’s a lot more creamier than Starbucks'.  Sorry, Starbucks, I still love your coffee though, but I just won’t be buying your ice cream any more.  hehehe…

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Some of you have asked me about the use of salt in my dessert recipes.  Let me tell you the importance of the salt in here.  The salt in desserts is used not only to balance out the sweetness but it’s also essential in this coffee ice cream.  Have you ever made a large pot of coffee in the morning and tried to reheat it in the afternoon and it turned sour (and unbearable)?   It’s a waste to throw away the whole pot of coffee because of that.  The sourness often happened when the coffee is heated to a certain temperature.  If that ever happened to you, don’t throw away the coffee, simply add a pinch of salt and your coffee won’t be sour anymore.  Give that a try and you’ll be amazed that your old coffee tastes just like freshly brewed again. 

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Because we do boil and heat the coffee bean in this recipe, it’s essential to have the salt in it to counter the sourness.  This French Roasted Coffee Ice Cream is rich, bold and strong in coffee flavor without any hint of sourness.  It’s smooth and creamy…and….and… I have no more words for it.  You’ve got to give this a try and you’ll know how amazing it tastes.

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Hope you enjoy today’s recipe and coffee tips.  If you want to check out a pictorial on how to make ice cream, you can refer to this post here for some reference.  The steps are rather similar and I hope it helps.   Until next time, stay cool and have a wonderful rest of the summer.

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**Update 8/6/2012: In my most recent batch of this French Roasted Coffee Ice Cream, I added 1 cup of chopped dark chocolate at the last 3 minutes of churning.  It's amazing and tasted just like the one from Starbucks, if not better.  You might want to give that a try to if you like dark chocolate. 



French Roasted Coffee Ice Cream: (Printable Recipe)

1 1/2 cup whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup whole French Roasted coffee beans
1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
5 large egg yolks
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon coffee liquor

In a coffee grinder, pulse the coffee beans for 2 seconds.  Just enough to crack the beans instead of grinding them.

In a medium saucepan, heat the milk, sugar, coffee beans and salt together until simmer.  Cover and remove from heat and let the mixture steep at room temp for 1 hour.

In a medium bowl, lightly whisk the egg yolks. Set aside.  Reheat the coffee mixture until simmer.  While whisking the egg yolks constantly, slowly pour the warm coffee mixture into the yolks.  Then, scrap egg yolks mixture back into saucepan.

With a flat bottom wooden spatula, stir the mixture constantly and cook over medium low heat until the custard is thick and coat the spatula.  Set a strainer over a large mixing bowl.  Strain the custard. 
Pour the cream over the coffee beans to “wash off” any custard coating the beans.  Stir and press on the coffee beans in the strainer to strain off all the liquid.  Discard the coffee beans.  Stir in vanilla and coffee liquor. 

Set the mixture over an ice bath and stir until completely cooled.  Cover and refrigerate to chill thoroughly. Preferably overnight.  Churn the custard in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

32 comments:

  1. I am a coffee person so I know I will definitely loves this ice cream very very much!! Looking at it, my mind is feeling the coffee taste in my mouth. LOL.....

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    1. If you love coffee, this is a mush try. I keep going back to make this ice cream when my inventory runs low. :) Hope you'll love it as much as my family does.

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  2. That sounds wonderful. And there would be nothing better than coffee ice cream EXCEPT for coffee ice cream and dark (very dark) chocolate ice cream, swirled together. Or even a scoop of each side by side in the dish. Good grief, this is making me hungry! I think I'll drag out our ice cream maker for next weekend. Our son and his family are coming here for his birthday. Wouldn't some of that homemade ice cream be great. :-)

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    1. If you love both coffee and very dark chocolate ice cream, then you gotta check out the Dark chocolate ice cream recipe not long ago. :) I guess I will take your advice and serve both of them at the same time. :) Happy Birthday to your son and wish you a fabulous family gathering.

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  3. I absolutely love this! Need to make this over the weekend. It's been getting super hot here in LA!

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    1. I agree, LA is just too hot. It's a great treat to cool off with home made ice cream. Hope you'll like the recipe. ;)

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  4. I think I would preffer this one over the dark chocolate one! It looks so yummy and creamy :=

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    1. Yes, this coffee ice cream is to die for. :) Glad you like coffee ones too.

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  5. I don't drink coffee, but love coffee flavoured food. The ice cream looks wonderful.

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    1. If you love coffee flavored food, this would be a nice treat for you. :)

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  6. I'm definitely going to try that salt trick with the coffee. How interesting! Usually, I just make iced coffee out of leftover joe. But it WOULD be nice to reheat it sometimes -- and have it taste as good as fresh. ;)

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    1. Oh yeah, I usually use my leftover joe for iced coffee too, especially in the summer. But it's a nice trick just in case we want a hot one. ;)

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  7. This will definitely be a favorite ice cream flavor. I want my coffee strong and it follows I love it strong on any other treat too. Thanks for the salt tip, I never thought of that when brewing.
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    1. Thank you for inviting me to your new site and the giveaway. I love your new site and it's very easy to use. Congratulations.

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  8. I am going to have to try out the Valrhona Chocolate Ice cream. Your photos are just to die for and I love your use of the wood. Looks like you are like me - you like to harden your ice cream. I hate homemade ice cream that turns to a shake before you can enjoy it!

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    1. Thank you. Oh, you're going to love the Valrhona Chocolate Ice cream. It tastes even better than the look! Yes, I like to make sure my ice cream is properly freeze before serving. ;) Don't get me wrong, I love ice cream shakes too, just not done it that way. hehe...

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  9. Thank you for stopping in at Cranberry Morning, Amy. I've had a great welcome home from my blogging friends. :-) and I'm pinning this recipe. Can't wait to try it! I will look up the dark chocolate one too. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you so much for pinning, truly appreciate it. Yes, welcome back and have fun churning. ;)

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  10. Now this coffee ice cream recipe just rocks! Can't wait to try this at home. Did I mention my kids love coffee ice creams? :)

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  11. I LOOOOVE good coffee ice cream and this sounds like THE ONE! I'm saving this recipe for now but would definitely love to try this. And the salt trick was amazing. I did not know that. We usually use french press and finish all the coffee in the morning, but I'll surely remember this trick and going to share the tip with my coffee lover friends. :D

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    1. hehe...I love French press coffee too. I usually prepare that in the afternoon (with pastries) though. Usually we make a big pot with the coffee machine in the morning just to make sure we "wake up" and have extras in case anyone wants more (usually my hubby)! hahaha....

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    1. Thank you. I just make another batch and can't wait to have churn! :)

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  13. Your pictures are truly amazing. Coffee ice cream is my favorite. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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    1. Thank you, Brandi. I'm glad you enjoy my pictures. Hope you love this ice cream recipe too. It's still our family's favorite among all ice cream flavors. :) Have a great weekend.

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    2. Hey Amy! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. To answer your quetion, yellow watermelon tastes just like the red variety.

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    3. Thanks for letting me know. I'll give that a try next time I spotted a yellow watermelon. :)

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  14. I can't tell you how much I love coffee ice cream, this sounds so amazing!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Oh...if you love coffee ice cream, this is a must try recipe. You'll be in love! Wish you a wonderful and beautiful weekend. ;)

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  15. I love Starbucks's Ice Cream, but I agree with you that homemade ice cream can rival it for sure! Your rendition looks beautiful and delicious. Also, the bit about the salt offsetting the sourness of the coffee is quite interesting; good to know!

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    1. Thank you. Oh...if you love the Starbuck's Ice Cream, you've gotta give this recipe a try. I know you'll love it. :)

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