It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, sorry about that! Summer is flying by, and I’m enjoying every minute of it. I have 3 recipes to share with you, but I had to start with this: it’s a nice, smooth coffee ice cream that’s not too strong, mixed with ground hazelnuts. It even has cream cheese in it, so you know it’s gotta be good!
I’ve made more ice cream this summer than I have in my life, and it’s been a delicious adventure. The original recipe for this called for hazelnut butter, but I found a bag of hazelnuts at Walmart (score!) so I just toasted them on the stove and ground them in my Ninja. I’m sure you could use Nutella as a replacement, or just put some chopped hazelnuts into your ice cream.
I stopped making long pictures with words because honestly? I plan on never making money off this blog, so I don’t care about boosting my page views or getting popular. I would love for my blog to grow, but for now I want to focus on the FOOD! Starting with really creamy, smooth ice cream that tastes like everyone’s favorite coffee. There is corn starch and corn syrup in here, and you could leave out both and end up with a satisfactory product. They do improve the ice crystallization and the mouthfeel of the final product, and as a food scientist they just don’t bother me as much as deep-fried foods or fast food. Up to you, though!
Hazelnut Coffee Ice Cream
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp corn syrup
- 3 tbsp espresso powder
- 2 cups 2% milk
- 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup coffee or espresso
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 tbsp finely ground hazelnuts
Combine sugar, corn syrup, espresso powder, milk, cream, and coffee in a large saucepan and stir over medium heat until steaming. Turn heat to low.
Whisk together cornstarch and 1/4 cup of the hot milk mixture in a small bowl, then add it back to the saucepan. Turn heat back to medium and whisk for 5 minutes, until mixture is thickened.
In a large jug, stir cream cheese and hazelnuts until blended. Whisk in 1/4 cup of the hot milk mixture until smooth, then whisk in remaining milk mixture. Place the jug in the fridge until it is completely cool, about 2 hours.
Pour mixture into ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturers instructions. Transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid and freeze for a few hours until firm. It's especially good when topped with chocolate syrup and chopped hazelnuts!