Recipe by kitchenmarea
"This tastes like the infamous coffee chain's ice cream, but because it's homemade it's even better, if I may say so."
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2 1/2 cups
brewed espresso, at room temperature
chocolate covered espresso beans, chopped
As I set out to make this I noticed the sugar I assumed would be in the recipe, wasn’t. I don’t know if this was the submitter’s oversight or a deliberate omission but I’ve never heard of ice cream without sugar, probably because it just wouldn’t taste good. I also was uncomfortable with the cooking method (I used the traditional tempering method), didn’t care for the addition of the chopped espresso beans and knew the amount of caramel topping called for would be too skimpy for me. So I first scaled the recipe to 5 servings to accommodate my 1-1/2 quart ice cream maker, using 2 c. cream and 1 c. whole milk. I used cold, fresh brewed espresso, which I believe makes this extraordinarily good. We have an espresso machine but if you don’t I’d recommend just going to your local coffeehouse and buying a cup just to use for this ice cream! I’ve made a similar ice cream using instant espresso which was very good but it still didn’t compare to using the freshly brewed! I probably doubled the amount of caramel topping and skipped the espresso beans but used them for garnish. Most important, I added sugar, 3/4 c. for this scaled down, 5-serving recipe. In other words, for each cup of milk or cream, add ¼ c. sugar! Words cannot express how incredibly good this is so as this recipe’s first reviewer I cannot rate this the 2-stars I feel it deserves as written and discourage others from trying it when I believe the mere addition of a little sugar elevates this to something celestial.
I rate this recipe only three stars because there is no sugar included. I added about a 1/2 cup of sugar to the eggs milk and cream as I was heating them. I have instant espresso powder I use for baking and brewed 4 ounces of hot water then added about a tablespoon of instant espresso powder, it gave the ice cream great flavor. I didn't have chocolate covered espresso beans on hand (I mean how many people really do?) so I substituted mini chocolate chips...after all, it does say Espresso Chip Ice Cream not Espresso Chocolate Covered Espresso Bean Ice Cream. The mixture fit perfectly in my Kitchen Aid mixer ice cream attachment. I thought the taste was wonderful...I couldn't image making it without sugar and I really didn't add a whole lot. I wasn't crazy about the mini chips in it, but everyone else loved them. I really liked the caramel swirl which I probably didn't add 3/4 cup, more like 1/2 cup because that was all I had left over of my ice cream topping. I do not suggest making this without sugar.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Espresso Chip Ice Cream
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 344
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