Make Ahead

Coffee Grounds Ice Cream

August 28, 2012
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  • Makes 1 pint
Author Notes

This coffee ice cream upgrades classic recipes in two ways. First, start with a velvety smooth coffee base to build upon. We turned to Food 52’s magical coffee recipe, which requires soaking cinnamon, dark brown sugar and coffee grinds together overnight. Second, throw a palm full of coffee grinds into your ice cream while mixing. You’d think adding grinds would create a sandy texture. Not the case. The coffee bits add just the right amount of pizzazz to contrast with the ice cream’s rich flavor. But be warned: you’ll be buzzing after a bowlful! —Cheazza

What You'll Need
  • Magical Coffee Base
  • 2/3 cup coarsely ground coffee
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • Ice Cream
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup magical coffee base
  • 1 handful soaked ground coffee from the magical coffee base
  1. Put Magical Coffee Base ingredients in a jar and stir.
  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. The next day, strain the coffee, reserve some ground coffee.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk the cream and sugar until the sugar has dissolved completely and the mixture is frothy.
  5. Add the milk, vanilla, coffee, and ground coffee.
  6. Whisk until blended.
  7. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  8. Prepare the ice cream in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer's directions.
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