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Lickable Latte

August 1, 2006

Here’s another foray into the frozen dessert world, this time with actual milk products. I’m used to trying sorbets and such, but this week I decided on this creamy and decadent Caffe Latte Gelato. It’s jam-packed with coffee flavor…a bit much for me, in fact, but perfect for Justin. I was really pleased with the texture and pure coffee flavor…though it was hard to use whole milk, egg yolks, and heavy cream without guilt. Darn those nutrition classes!

In other (sad) news, I just noticed today that my bloglines list hasn’t been updating correctly. I’ve missed several posts from some of my favorite blogs, (Joe! Sally!) and now it’s back to individually checking each one, I suppose. I should have known when I didn’t see a daily update from Jessica

It’s a partly cloudy, mostly hot day here in Austin, perfect for gelato.

Caffe Latte Gelato

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup coffee beans, freshly ground to a very fine powder
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy cream

In a medium saucepan, combine milk and ground coffee. Bring to a low simmer over very low heat and cook 20 minutes. Cover and let stand 30 minutes, or refrigerate overnight. Strain milk through a fine-meshed strainer. In a medium saucepan, heat milk over medium heat until bubbles form around the edge of the pan. Set aside and cover to keep hot.

In a blender or food processor, blend sugar and egg yolks until very thick and smooth. With machine running, gradually add hot milk.

Transfer mixture to a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the custard thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

In a deep bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form. Fold cream into custard mixture. Transfer to an ice cream maker; freeze according to manufacturers directions.

Makes 1 1/2 quarts. (Hmph. I only got about 3 cups.)

Source: Gelato! Italian Ice Creams, Sorbetti & Granite by Pamela Sheldon Jones.

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8 Discussion to this post
  1. sally says:

    How is that you make caffe latte gelato look yummy [this is a compliment coming from a non-coffee drinker!]? You should make a calendar [with recipes] or postcards of your food photographs! What is going on with Bloglines? I received a bunch of emails saying that it hasn’t been updating my posts…huh!

  2. Jana says:

    Yeah, what’s up with this cloudy/scaldingly hot weather anyway? You have inspired me to hunt down ice cream. I am a total fan of the coffee. :)

  3. Ellie says:

    Unfortunately I’ve given up coffee and high-caffeine products so all I can do is sit here and drool over that picture and just imagine how good that would taste.

    It’s been 18 months since my last cuppa, but I still dream about the flavour and love sniffing other people’s coffee cups ;)

  4. Dianka says:

    I’m craving this with my morning coffee that I am enjoying right now! Is that bad?! Looks delicious!

  5. Jessica says:

    Don’t you hate when Bloglines plays with your mind like that! UGH :) And your gelato looks delicious!

  6. Connie says:

    very yummy. i especially like how you are serving it in a mug! its so cute.

  7. Pearl says:

    That looks deeeelicious.

    Do you know, can you make frozen soy dessert by just substituting soy milk in an ice cream recipe?

  8. daddy-o says:

    Hey there young ‘un,
    Looks like the latte would work very well for me right now. It was pretty warm here today with the heat index at 109! The humidity is usually around 88-95% daily, so ALOT of the latte would be great. Next time you come home, you should make me and mom some. We have become latte lovers with Dairy Queens’ Mocha Latte drink. (Can I say Dairy Queen here?) Love you, Dad

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