Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mocha Ice Cream

As soon as spring turns to summer and the temperature climbs past 70, the ice cream maker becomes my new best friend. Home made ice cream is the default dessert most nights - a perfect little sweet scoop. With the added benefit that it's something cold.

I'm always looking for different flavors for ice cream and different add ins. And I'll admit that I'm not immune to using a few shortcuts to make the job a little easier. When I tasted the mocha-flavored International Delights Iced Coffee, I knew right away that I wanted to work it into an ice cream recipe.

Because it's not a far leap from iced coffee to coffee ice cream.

I was really pleased with the results.

Besides the mocha flavor, you can also find vanilla and original flavors. I think they'd all work well in this ice cream.

Mocha Ice Cream

2 cups half-and-half
3/4 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
4 egg yolks
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups Mocha International Delight Iced Coffee

In a medium saucepan, heat the half-and-half, sugar and salt until it just simmers.

Meanwhile, whisk the eggs in small bowl.

Slowly add the hot liquid to the egg yolks, stirring or whisking as you go, until you've added about half of the hot liquid to the egg yolks - this keeps the eggs from scrambling.

Slowly add the egg mixture back into the pan, stirring continuously. Continue cooking until the mixture thickens - you'll feel the "drag" on the spoon as you stir. It should coat the back of a spoon and if you run your finger across the spoon, the line should remain.

Pour the egg mixture through a fine strainer into a clean bowl - this catches any bits of egg that might have scrambled. Add the vanilla extract and the International Delights Iced Coffee and stir until combined.

Cover the bowl (or transfer into your desired storage container) and refrigerate the mixture until it is well chilled - at least 4 hours, or overnight.

When it is fully chilled, churn it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's directions. Transfer to a storage container and freeze until firm.

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