How to Make Homemade Coffee Gelato


I combined one of my favorite flavors in the whole world with the fine art of Italian ice cream — coffee gelato.

Gather together all ingredients: – 2 1/2 cups milk – 1/2 cup cream – 4 egg yolks – 3/4 cup sugar – 1 shot of espresso, chilled (Or 1 tbsp water & 1 tbsp instant coffee mix)

The secret to making the gelato texture soft and creamy is to bring the eggs to room temperature before making the gelato. If you want to save time, add them to a bowl of hot water.

Using a fork, whisk together egg yolks and sugar in a medium-sized bowl until the volume doubles (becomes frothy) and the color becomes a light yellow.

Next, add the milk and cream to a medium saucepan on low-to-medium heat. Blend the milk and cream by slowly mixing using a wooden spoon or whisk until a foam forms around the edges.

Then, add the egg and sugar mixture to the saucepan with milk and cream. Continually stir until well blended and the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon.

The coffee gelato base should have the coloring of a creamy custard at this stage.

Add a shot of chilled (or room temperature) espresso. As a substitute for espresso, a tablespoon of instant coffee mixed with a teaspoon of water will work just fine.

Blend all together gently with a whisk until smooth and uniform in color. Can you smell the coffee yet?

Pour the mixture through a sieve or fine strainer into a bowl. This will remove any solid pieces of egg and create a more smooth even texture.

Cover and chill the gelato mixture for a minimum of four hours or let it set overnight in the refrigerator.

For your final step, add the gelato mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze according to your ice cream machine manufacturer’s instructions.

You can spoon the coffee gelato into a freezer-safe container and freeze it overnight for a more solid, scoop-able texture.

Once you’re ready to serve, you can scoop your coffee gelato straight onto a cone, just like you’d have it in Italy. Or, scoop it into a dish and add toppings.

Here are a few of our favorite things to serve with coffee gelato: – biscotti – almond slivers – chocolate chips – toasted coconut flakes – sprinkle of cocoa powder – sprinkle of cinnamon

Do you want to make your own gelato at home? Head to the blog to save our Coffee Gelato Recipe for later!