a pail of coffee ice cream

it’s ice cream making season again! and there’s nothing like homemade ice cream in terms of freshness and custardy goodness.  i bought a new bag of coffee beans and decided to polish off the old bag by making it into some coffee ice cream.  the ingredients are quite simple, but there is a good deal of  simmering cooling, whipping,  simmering and more cooling involved.  so plan in advance!

Coffee Ice Cream
(makes  about 1-1.5 quarts)

Coffee Beans 3 tbsp  (i used black cat classic espresso)
Half and Half 4 cups
Sugar ¾ cup
Egg yolks 10
Rum 1 tbsp
Salt ¼ tsp
  1. Grind up coffee beans into fairly large chunks.
  2. Pour half and half into a large saucepan.  Add in 1/2 cup of sugar and the coffee beans.
  3. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.  Stir intermittently to ensure that the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Once it begins to bubble, turn off heat and let the mixture steep for 1 hour.
  5. After 1 hour, whisk together egg yolks and 1/4 cup sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer at medium speed.  Whisk until the yolks are slightly thickened.
  6. With the mixer set at its lowest speed, add in 1/2 cup of the coffee-milk mixture.  Whisk for 20 seconds, then add in the rest of the milk mixture, rum and salt. Mix until well-combined.
  7. Set a strainer over a clean saucepan and pour the egg-milk mixture into the saucepan.
  8. Prepare an ice bath and set a medium sized bowl on top of the ice bath.
  9. Put the saucepan over medium heat.  Stir constantly, scraping the sides with a wooden spoon, until a custard forms.  The custard is ready when it coats the back of the spoon. ( To test, take your finger and draw a line through the custard on the back of the spoon.  The custard on the sides of the line will stay put. )
  10. Strain the hot custard into the bowl set atop of the ice bath.
  11. Keep stirring the strained custard until the steam begins to dissipate.
  12. Refrigerate until cold.
  13. Pour the custard into an ice cream maker and follow the machine’s instructions for making ice cream.

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