Yesterday was my husbands birthday and he got a Breville Burr Conical Coffee Grinder so that he can grind the Coffees of Hawaii beans just right. Burr grinders are recommended because they give a more consistent grind by crushing the beans between a fixed surface and a grinding wheel. Conical burr grinders usually spin slowly and therefore minimize the heat generated via friction, and this keeps the coffee aroma intact. All of this adds to to even more delicious coffee.
Along with the Coffees of Hawaii Cheesecake I also decided to make Coffee Gelato. I had come across a recipe for gelato on the Epicurious website. I did a little internet research and found out that there is a difference between gelato and ice cream. Gelato is lower in fat because it is usually made with milk rather than cream. It also tends to be more dense because it is churned at a slower speed so it does not get as much air in it.
I ended up making two batches - one gelato and one ice cream - based on the same recipe. This is such an easy recipe to pull together. The custard base does need to chill before you put it in your ice cream maker so plan ahead for this. Also, in hind sight, I would say to make the ice cream as close as you can to serving it because the consistency when it comes out of the machine is almost perfect. It really only needs to firm up a little in the freezer. Mine went in for way too long and it was as hard as a rock, even though I took it out prior serving it. The flavor was still this wonderfully intense coffee flavor. It was good on its own but I think it would be great in an ice cream sandwich. I have some cocoa nibs I want to try so I am thinking that I might try making some cookies with them and using the left over ice cream as the filling. This recipe by Food Gal looks like it would fit the bill perfectly.
Ka'u Coffee Gelato