Considering how we can’t start our morning without a glass of cafe sua da (Vietnamese iced coffee), it was a no brainer to turn one our our favorite drinks into a frozen treat. After testing it out at several parties and ice cream socials, it won first place for the most popular ice cream among ten other frozen treats. —Vy Tran
organic heavy cream
organic 2% milk
Vietnamese ground coffee (my favorite is Cafe Du Monde with chicory)
In a heavy saucepan, combine cream, milk, and condensed milk.
Put the pan over medium heat and let the mixture boil gently to bubbling just around the edges (gentle simmer). Remove from heat.
Add the coffee and let it steep for 8 minutes until the cream has taken on the coffee flavor, stirring occasionally and tasting to make sure it’s not too bitter.
While waiting for the coffee to steep, in a medium heatproof bowl, whisk the yolks just to break them up and whisk in sugar. Set aside.
Put the saucepan back on the stove over low heat and let it warm up for 2 minutes.
Carefully measure out ½ cup of hot cream mixture.
While whisking the eggs constantly, whisk the hot cream mixture into the eggs until smooth. Continue tempering the eggs by adding another ½ cup of hot cream to the bowl with the yolks.
Pour the cream-egg mixture back to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it is thickened and coats the back of a spatula, about 5 minutes.
Strain the base through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean container. You really need a fine-mesh strainer so that only about 10% of the coffee granules get through otherwise your ice cream will be very grainy.
Pour the mixture into a 1-gallon Ziplock freezer bag and submerge the sealed bag in an ice bath until cold, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate the ice cream base for at least 2 hours or overnight. I like to refrigerate the base overnight for the most flavor.
Pour the ice cream base into the frozen canister of your ice cream machine and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Spin until thick and creamy about 25-30 minutes.
Pack the ice cream into a storage container, press a sheet of parchment directly against the surface and seal with an airtight lid. Freeze in the coldest part of your freezer until firm, at least 4 hours.