Coffee and ice cream


During my birthday party last night with a mix of Mediterranean and Filipino food, the surprise hit was the dessert, ice cream and coffee combined. We actually first experimented with this on our family New Year’s Day dinner. My wife Miyam unearthed a recipe book of desserts published in the 1960s, and looked for anything with coffee. There she found “Brazilian Snow,” basically vanilla ice cream sprinkled with freshly roasted, finely ground coffee, mixing them, then topped with whipped cream, then garnished once more with ground coffee and, finally, maraschino cherry for a yummy presentation.

It was one nice dessert for a special dinner. But then I’m no fan of the cherry, and I think I didn’t really get the correct whipped cream for the topping from Gaisano.

Last night, my brother Jong brought some ice cream — strawberry and ube (for the longest time my favorite ice cream, along with macapuno). One of the kids got the strawberry from the freezer first, and everybody followed suit.

Hmmm … I remembered Brazilian Snow, especially so that I have freshly roasted Brazilian Moreninha Formosa coffee beans. And so I got my share of the ice cream, threw a few beans into my Bodum Antigua, and started grinding. I sprinkled coffee on the strawberry ice cream, mixed them, and, yummm, wow! I didn’t have whipped cream, didn’t have maraschino cherry, but yummm! Soon everybody sprinkled ground coffee on their ice cream, that the half-gallon strawberry ice cream vanished quickly. We opened up the ube, and everybody sprinkled the ube ice cream with coffee, too, and everybody still liked it.

Also just half a gallon, the ube ice cream vanished quickly, too. So when I drove my Mom and two sisters to their respective homes, we passed by a convenience store late at night and bought strawberry ice cream, and had one last serving of our abbreviated Brazilian Snow.

That’s what I had for dessert after lunch today. :-)

Now, DON’T try this at home unless you have freshly roasted beans, ground just before sprinkling them into the ice cream. Otherwise, I can’t imagine how coffee beans roasted and ground a year ago would taste like in the ice cream. Yuck! Maybe it’s safer to just use freshly opened instant coffee then.

Arkay, me and Miyam (we missed Kara who's in college at U.P.)

Arkay, me and Miyam. We missed Kara who's in college at U.P. Photo by Karl Orbe


4 Responses to “Coffee and ice cream”

  1. Mindanao Bob on March 1st, 2009 5:06 pm

    Ngay – looks like a big spread of food there! I hope you had a great birthday!

  2. Bobby on March 1st, 2009 8:18 pm

    Yeah, we had fun! The entire clan came of course, and a few friends.

  3. benson on March 4th, 2009 9:04 pm

    yummy..makagutom hehehe…

  4. Cha on March 17th, 2009 2:15 pm

    I’m surprised you didn’t try the old italian Affogato. Basically just a shot of freshly brewed espresso poured over a scoop or two of ice cream. :)

    Yes, tried the ground coffee over ice cream trick before as well. I’m thinking of making marshmallows with ground coffee in it. Hmm.

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