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Cuban Coffee Ice Cream with Dulce de Leche

Notes: Dulce de leche is a caramel made by cooking milk with sugar until the mixture is reduced to a thick amber syrup. You can make the sauce up to 1 week ahead; cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before serving. If time is short, buy prepared dulce de leche at a Latino market.

  • Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings


  • 6 none large egg yolks
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup dark-roasted coffee beans, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons rum
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • none About 1 cup dulce de leche (recipe follows; see notes) or purchased caramel sauce


1. In a bowl, beat egg yolks to blend.

2. In a 3- to 4-quart pan over medium-high heat, combine milk, cream, sugar, and coffee beans; stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture is simmering. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand 30 minutes. Pour through a fine strainer into a bowl; discard coffee beans. Rinse pan, return milk mixture to it, and bring to a simmer over low heat.

3. Whisk 1/2 cup of the warm milk mixture into egg yolks; pour yolk mixture into pan. Stir constantly over low heat until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 4 to 6 minutes; do not boil.

4. Pour into a clean bowl and chill, stirring occasionally, until cold, about 2 hours; if desired, cover and chill up to 1 day.

5. Stir rum and vanilla into custard. Freeze mixture in a 1-quart or larger ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions. Serve, or transfer ice cream to an airtight container and freeze until firm, at least 6 hours, or up to 1 week. Scoop into bowls and top with dulce de leche.

Dulce de Leche. In a heavy 5- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat, stir 4 cups whole milk and 1 1/4 cups sugar until sugar is dissolved and mixture is boiling. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally with a flexible spatula, until mixture is golden brown and reduced to about 2 cups, about 1 1/2 hours. Pour through a fine strainer into a bowl; discard residue. Makes 2 cups.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 453none
  • Calories from fat: 54%
  • Protein: 7.9g
  • Fat: 27g
  • Saturated fat: 16g
  • Carbohydrate: 45g
  • Fiber: 0.0g
  • Sodium: 141mg
  • Cholesterol: 245mg

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Cuban Coffee Ice Cream with Dulce de Leche Recipe