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Cafe con Leche… rich and creamy with just enough sweetness to gentle the bitterness of the coffee, but not too overwhelming sweet that you can’t taste the richness of the coffee. Everything about this ice cream pie reminds me of my days as a barista at Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure on Ingersoll in Des Moines, IA.
I sure have fond memories of those days.
Creamy and cafe-licious… this pie was truly a winner. Especially topped with some chopped coffee beans and chocolate magic shell.
I used my cold-brewed coffee to make this, but you can just brew up some strong coffee and use that.
But I have to say that make cold-brewed coffee, also called toddy, makes a huge difference in flavor, seriously. Hot coffee tends to be bitter and harsh while toddy is sweeter and smooth. Its amazing and delicious!
I learned to make cold-brewed coffee while working as a barista and some of my favorite drinks called for toddy… especially the Polar Bear Smoothie. If you are ever in the Des Moines area, make sure you stop by Zanzibar’s and order a Polar Bear Smoothie.
It is truly amazing… so good that I made an ice cream version of it in my Just Making Ice Cream ebook.
Hmmm………. okay, enough daydreaming. Back to this ice cream pie.
There are two ways to make this ice cream… fast and easy or slow and easy.
The fast and easy way is to simply whip up the ingredients and pour into your ice cream maker, but the end results will be more icy than creamy because of the water added in from the coffee. It tasted great, but if you are looking for more of a creamy texture… then the slow and easy way is what you want.
The ten minutes or so spend on cooking the custard was truly worth the time and effort. I rarely make custard-based ice creams as I am more of a “whip it up and throw it in” kinda gal, but I made an exception with this ice cream.
It really doesn’t matter if you use 100% cream, its the yolks that will help make this ice cream creamy.
For the crust, you also have two options.
The first option is to make a meringue crust. It is completely grain-free, but the texture is not crunchy… more like chewy. I love the crust because you can throw in most anything like coconut flakes, chopped nuts or chocolate chips for flavor.
But if you are wanting more of a crunchy crust. This gluten-free graham crust is the second option.
Think you will make some Cafe con Leche Ice Cream? I hope so!!