Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da) Ice Cream

July 7th, 2010 by katie

Do you know how to make the best iced coffee?  Combine a pot of strong coffee with sweetened condensed milk and chill.  It is so simple but truly makes wonderful, velvety iced coffee.  Vietnamese iced coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da) is the same concept but in a single serving.  The flavor is rich and smooth and almost chocolate-like.  This ice cream is all of that in one creamy and decadent mouthful.

I have always made custard based ice creams fearing that milk based recipes would be thinner or icier.  I was nervous about this recipe but my KitchenAid ice cream maker did a fantastic job.  The result was dense and creamy and smooth and just as perfect as any custard based recipe I’ve made.  The best part is that the coffee base took only a couple of minutes to whisk together.  I see a lot more of these style ice creams in my future.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee Ice Cream

makes about 1 quart, prep 10 min, chill and process according to your ice cream maker’s instructions, adapted from Cafe Fernando and David Lebovitz
  • 1 cup espresso or very strong coffee
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream or whole milk
  • pinch of coarse ground coffee
  1. Whisk to combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Chill until cold, then process in your ice cream maker according to the instructions.

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11 Responses

  1. Kim

    Will this work in a soft serve ice cream maker too? I loooove coffee ice cream!!!

  2. DailyChef

    Delicious!!

  3. Mike

    Wow. This looks like a recipe I’d make all the time because I always have those ingredients in the house.

  4. Carolyn Jung

    Wow! That IS super easy. And I’ve always loved iced coffee in the summer. As ice cream, it would be even more insanely good.

  5. alexandra

    This looks amazing. Yum!

  6. Kristina

    Thanks for posting this! Perfect for the warm weather.

  7. Memoria

    My mom got all choked up when she saw this ice cream haha. I guess I will have to make this for her before she leaves. Thanks for sharing this simpler recipe for ice cream!

  8. Frances

    This looks so good!! What a great idea!!

  9. bluejeangourmet

    yeah, I think I just drooled all over my keyboard. KATIE YOU ARE EVIL! but I like it 🙂

  10. Winnie

    This looks outrageously delicious!

  11. Poor Taste

    This looks incredible. I think I’ll try with Cafe du Monde coffee. It’s from New Orleans, but I notice a lot of Vietnamese places use it. Plus, it’s really cheap!

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