Coffee and Donuts Ice Cream - A Family Feast

Coffee and Donuts Ice Cream

  • Prep Time: 18 hours
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 18 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 quarts


If you’d prefer, you can cut the donuts into bite-sized chunks rather than pulverizing them in the blender with the custard mixture.


  • 4 egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brewed espresso or double-strength brewed coffee, cooled
  • 4 plain cake donuts


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Set aside.
  2. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, heat milk, heavy cream and sugar, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is hot. (This will take less than 5 minutes – do not bring to a simmer or boil.) Remove from the heat.
  3. Take about a cup of the hot mixture and very slowly drizzle it into the bowl with the egg yolks – constantly whisking while you add the hot mixture. (A slow drizzle will prevent the eggs from cooking as you add the hot cream mixture.)
  4. Once your egg mixture is smooth, slowly pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan with the rest of the hot cream mixture.
  5. Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens a bit and coats the back of a spoon. (This will take less than 5 minutes as well, and again, do not bring the mixture to a simmer or boil, or it will curdle.)
  6. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the mixture through a fine strainer into a bowl (a large measuring bowl like this one works great because you’ll have a spout for pouring the cooled custard into the ice cream maker once it has cooled). Add the cooled espresso or coffee and stir to mix.
  7. Place the donuts into a blender. Then pour the custard mixture into the blender, over the donuts. Puree until completely mixed.
  8. Pour the mixture back into the bowl, and cover with a large piece of plastic wrap, pushing the plastic down to touch the top of the custard. (This will prevent a skin from forming on the custard as it cools.) Refrigerate overnight.
  9. Churn in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. After churning, freeze again for 4-6 hours before serving.