Friday, October 3, 2008

Espresso Ice Cream : Coffee lovers Delight

We came across this sinful sweet delicacy at one of our friends place when they invited us for dinner. I am talking about 'Coffee Lovers Delight' an icecream flavored with coffee with lots of almonds and choclate. We came to know that we can get this icecream at very famous icecream parlour known as 'Cold stone'. After that whenever we eat icecream outside we make sure that it should be only coffee lovers delight :) As soon as i saw this recipe on foodnetwork I knew i have to try this. And the result was very close to the original taste. We both simply Love it !!!
Here is the recipe :

Half and Half: 3 cups
Egg Yolks: 6
Sugar: 2/3 cup

A pinch of salt

Coffee Liquer(recommended: Kahlua): 1 tbsp
Pure Vanilla Extract: 1 tsp

Ground espresso coffee beans: 2 1/2 tbsp ( i used instant coffee)

Roasted Almonds chopped: 1/4 cup( optional)

Chocolate chips : 1/4 cup(optional)

Method :
  1. Heat the half-and-half until it forms bubbles around the edge of the pan and steam starts to rise
  2. Meanwhile , in the bowl of an electric mixer beat the egg yolks, sugar, and salt until mixed.
  3. Slowly add the hot half-and-half until combined
  4. Wipe out the pan and pour the mixture back into the clean pan.
  5. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, for 5 to 10 minutes, until it's thickened and the cream coats the back of the spoon.
  6. Pour the cream through a fine-meshed sieve into a bowl.
  7. Add the ground espresso beans, coffee liqueur, and vanilla and refrigerate until completely chilled.
  8. Pour the espresso cream into an ice-cream freezer and freeze according to the manufacturer's directions.
  9. Mix in the chopped almonds and chocolate chip , spoon into a container, and allow to freeze for a few hours. Soften slightly before serving.

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