This past Saturday, something monumental happened. Something that hasn’t happened in Seattle for a few solid weeks. The sun came out. And this wasn’t just a tease. It was solid sunshine all day with temperatures soaring into the 60s. (Don’t scoff–that’s considered legitimate shorts weather up here).
We spent a wonderful day at the dog park and just relaxed. All that sun made me really crave a good old fashioned warm weather dessert, so I decided to try David Lebovitz’s recipe for Vietnamese coffee ice cream.
I used Coffee Du Monde, because I love its delicious chicory flavor. If you are a Vietnamese iced coffee purist, you can use Trung Nguyen. This was a quick, easy, and delicious ice cream with minimal ingredients. It’s not custard based, so you don’t have to deal with any eggs or cooking. Winning. However, this ice cream does have a softer consistency and melts very quickly. So eat it fast!
Yield: About 1 quart
- 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup + 1 teaspoon ground coffee, divided
- 1/3 cup whole milk or heavy cream
- Place 1/2 cup ground coffee into French press. Add 1 1/2 cup boiling water, and steep for about 15 minutes for maximum coffee flavor. After straining you should be left with about 1 cup of coffee. Alternately, you can do this in an electric coffee maker using the same proportions.
- Whisk together 1 cup condensed milk, 1 cup coffee, and 1/3 cup milk or heavy cream. Chill the mixture thoroughly (about 12 hours in the fridge or 3-4 hours in the freezer), then freeze in your ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions. While machine is running, sprinkle in 1 teaspoon ground coffee. (Increase or decrease amount depending on personal preference).
- Transfer ice cream into a container with lid and place in freezer to harden. I recommend turning your freezer up to the highest setting.
My trusty Kitchen Aid ice cream attachment worked well for this task, but any ice cream maker will do. Sprinkle in about a teaspoon of coffee grounds while them machine is churning for extra coffee flavor.