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Coffee Ice Cream: a Donvier Ice Cream Maker Recipe

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Preview: This Coffee Ice Cream recipe is a simple, uncooked recipe that makes about 1 qt. of coffee-flavored ice cream. It’s the perfect Donvier Ice Cream Maker recipe.

What if you could make ice cream as you’re driving to the park, a party, or a potluck? What if your kids could hand crank the ice cream without salt and a bushel of ice?

Let me introduce you to a Donvier ice cream maker.

It’s small (1.25 quart capacity) and has a hand crank. But it works great! (I have not been paid to write this. I really love it and want you to know about it.)

A Donvier Manual Ice Cream Maker (paid link) is non-electric, which makes it portable. That’s why I’ve been known to churn ice cream in the car on the way to a party. Although it won’t have the opportunity to harden like normal in the freezer for a few hours, soft-serve can be mighty delicious.

Coffee Ice Cream served in dessert goblets

Homemade Coffee Ice Cream is a simple, uncooked recipe for ice cream flavored with instant espresso. The recipe is written for a small quart-size ice cream freezer like the Donvier, but you can use any of the smaller electric ice cream freezers.

How to use a Donvier ice cream maker for this recipe:

empty Donvier freezer after it has been chilled
Store the inner liner in your freezer or place it in your freezer for a minimum of 12 hours.
paddle inside empty ice cream freezer
Insert the paddle and pour it into a chilled ice cream mixture.
Donvier Ice Cream Freezer--ready to go
Put the lid on and turn the paddle.
Freezer of freshly churned ice cream
Keep turning until frozen.
packing ice cream into loaf pan before putting into the freezer.
Pour into a chilled loaf pan lined with plastic wrap

Isn’t a hand-crank ice cream machine a lot of trouble?

I don’t blame you if you think it seems inconvenient to sit for 30 minutes and crank an ice cream freezer. But it’s not like that.

You only need to give the ice cream a couple of turns every 3 or 4 minutes in the beginning.  As the ice cream gets hard, you’ll need to turn it less and less–like once in 10 minutes.

Typically, I start my ice cream and then proceed with another task in the kitchen, stopping once in a while to give it a turn. I’ve even carried it to my laundry room or upstairs to my desk where I turn it periodically while working.

Moreover, it’s a great job for children. They really can’t mess it up.

Coffee Ice Cream served with a cookie

Coffee is my favorite homemade ice cream flavor.  However, if you don’t share my passion, leave the coffee out for a tasty vanilla ice cream. Add a teaspoon or two of vanilla extract. It’s also delicious with chopped fresh fruit or chocolate chips.

Adapted from the Sweet Cream Base recipe published in Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book.

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Coffee Ice Cream

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Yield: 1.25 quart

Homemade Coffee Ice Cream You Can Make in a Donvier Ice Cream Maker

Homemade Coffee Ice Cream

Homemade Coffee Ice Cream is uncooked and flavored with instant espresso. This will make a little more than a quart. Slightly adapted from the Sweet Cream Base recipe published in Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup 2% or whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy or whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso
  • 1 tablespoon vodka (to keep it from freezing too hard)


  1. Blend eggs and sugar in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk in salt, milk, cream, and instant espresso. Chill overnight if you have time. If not, go to the next step.
  3. Add vodka, if using. Pour into ice cream maker and freeze.


If left in the freezer over 24 hrs, ice cream may become hard and difficult to dip. Let it sit on the counter for a few minutes to soften.

If you need or want to avoid raw eggs, you might consider using a different recipe.

Looking for a "lighter recipe"? Use 2 cups of milk and 1 cup cream instead of 1 cup of milk and 2 cups cream. I do it all the time, and it goes down just as easily. Having said that, it's not quite as rich and creamy as the original.

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Nutrition Information:


8 servings

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 308Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 64mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 0gSugar: 20gProtein: 4g

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