Indulge in the Creamy Deliciousness of Coffee Gelato

Hosts and hostesses, coffee enthusiasts, and ice cream lovers alike, today, I bring you a recipe that will leave your taste buds feeling like they’ve embarked on a transcendent voyage. It’s time to say “Ciao!” to traditional ice creams and “Buongiorno!” to our Sicilian Coffee Gelato.

As an accomplished Barista, I am deeply passionate about giving people an authentic taste of Italy: from the warm aroma of Italian coffee to the rich flavors of homemade gelato. To me, there is no better way to pay homage to the Italian tradition than by introducing you to this fusion of two iconic foods: gelato and coffee.

Authentic Italian Gelato is hand-made using simple ingredients and lots of love. This recipe combines the essence of true Sicilian Espresso and the creaminess of gelato-style ice cream. What makes this combination so special is not only just the boldness of coffee but instead it’s also mixed with a secret ingredient – the love that we put in every scoop.

Now, I know you may have tasted different types of gelato ice cream before. Some might have even been flavored with chocolate, vanilla bean or even Black coffee flavor. But believe me when I say that nothing can compare to our Sicilian Coffee Gelato recipe.

So get ready for a journey through time and place, right from the comfort of your own home kitchen as you create your very own authentic italian gelato recipe that will take your taste senses on an unparalleled sensory experience. Let’s dive in!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Sicilian Coffee Gelato
Sicilian Coffee Gelato

My dear coffee lovers, let me introduce you to a heavenly treat that will take your taste buds on an adventure through Italy – the Sicilian Coffee Gelato Recipe. Get ready to indulge in the perfect combination of rich coffee flavors and creamy gelato texture! Trust me, this recipe will take your love for coffee to the next level.

What makes Italian gelato so special is its smooth and creamy consistency, which is achieved by using more milk and egg yolks than traditional ice cream recipes. This Sicilian Coffee Gelato Recipe uses 4 cups of whole milk and 6 egg yolks, ensuring a luxurious, velvety texture that will leave you wanting more.

But wait, there’s more! The secret ingredient in this recipe is the Sicilian espresso, which adds a bold and flavorful kick to the gelato. The espresso is brewed using boiling water and ground coffee beans to make a syrup that infuses every scoop with bold coffee taste.

If you’re looking for a dessert that combines caffeine and sweetness, then this is definitely the recipe for you. With simple ingredients like cornstarch, salt, granulated sugar and heavy cream, you can easily whip up this authentic Italian gelato at home.

So why should you make this recipe? Because it’s perfect for any occasion – from family gatherings to date nights. Serve it solo or mix it up with other flavors like vanilla, chocolate or even affogato (a shot of black coffee over vanilla gelato). It pairs well with your afternoon cup of coffee or on its own as an indulgent after-dinner treat.

What are you waiting for? Follow this recipe and create hand-made Italian-style gelato right at home. Trust me when I say, once you try this Sicilian Coffee Gelato Recipe, it’ll become your new favorite decadent dessert obsession!

Ingredient List

 Get ready to indulge in a creamy coffee goodness!
Get ready to indulge in a creamy coffee goodness!

Here is a detailed list of all the ingredients you’ll need to make delicious Sicilian Coffee Gelato:

  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Instant Coffee
  • 2 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 large Egg Yolks
  • 1/4 cup Coffee Liqueur, such as Kahlua or Tia Maria.

For a more authentic Italian gelato, you can substitute 1 cup cream for 1 cup of the whole milk. The secret ingredient in this recipe is the Sicilian espresso, which gives the gelato its unique and intense flavor. Don’t forget about it!

The Recipe How-To

 A scoop of this gelato will transport you straight to Italy.
A scoop of this gelato will transport you straight to Italy.

Combine Milk, Sugar, and Salt

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine 2 cups whole milk, 1 cup heavy cream, ¾ cup granulated sugar, and ¼ tsp salt. Cook the mixture until it starts to steam, then remove from heat.

Whisk Together Egg Yolks and Cornstarch

While the milk mixture heats up, whisk together 6 egg yolks and 2 tbsp cornstarch in a small bowl until smooth.

Temper Egg Yolks with Warm Milk

Pour about half of the hot milk mixture slowly into the bowl with the egg yolks whisking constantly. Then pour the egg-milk mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly until thickened.

Add Sicilian Espresso Gelato Flavor

Remove from heat then add in 1/2 cup Sicilian espresso gelato (or iced coffee) and whisk to combine.

Strain through Sieve

Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl to get rid of any lumps or curdled bits.

Chill Mixture Before Churning in Ice Cream Maker

Cover with plastic wrap by pressing the wrap directly onto the top of the custard mix to prevent skin formation. Chill in refrigerator for at least an hour or until completely cooled, then churn it in an ice cream maker according to manufacturers’ instructions.

Freeze Mixture Overnight

Transfer gelato into an airtight freezer-safe container and place it on your freezer shelf for at least 8 hours or overnight to firm up enough that you can scoop it.

Enjoy your homemade Sicilian Coffee Gelato!

Substitutions and Variations

 Brimming with espresso flavor, this gelato is a coffee lover's dream come true.
Brimming with espresso flavor, this gelato is a coffee lover’s dream come true.

Creating your own flavor twist on this already delicious Sicilian Coffee Gelato recipe is not just easy, but highly encouraged! Here are some thoughtful and scrumptious options to consider when substituting or varying the recipe:

– Vanilla Gelato: If you’re not much of a coffee person, you can always substitute the sicilian espresso for vanilla bean. The vanilla flavor compliments the creamy texture of the gelato, and it tastes amazing when topped with some fresh fruit.

– Chocolate Gelato: For a rich and indulgent variation, try substituting the ¼ cup instant coffee for unsweetened cocoa powder. This will give your Sicilian Coffee Gelato recipe a bittersweet kick that’ll leave your taste buds begging for more.

– Affogato: If you like a good long black coffee or espresso, then you have to try making an affogato with your Sicilian Espresso Gelato. Simply brew up some black coffee or espresso and scoop a generous amount of gelato over it. It’s an elegant dessert that’s quick and easy to make.

– Milk Chocolate: For those who love chocolate but don’t necessarily want that dark and moody taste in their gelato, try using milk chocolate instead. You still get the heavenly creaminess without the bitterness.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to substitutions and variations in this authentic Italian gelato recipe. Experiment with different flavors of coffee liqueur such as Kahlua, Tia Maria or even Baileys Irish Cream to add some extra sweetness or spice to your dessert.

Whether you stick to the original recipe or put your creativity hat on with one of these variations, my best recommendation is to embrace every ingredient with passion and curiosity, paying attention to every detail for a deliciously luscious treat everyone will adore.

Serving and Pairing

 Place a dollop of whipped cream on top and let yourself drift away to coffee heaven.
Place a dollop of whipped cream on top and let yourself drift away to coffee heaven.

When it comes to serving this decadent Sicilian Coffee Gelato, there are a few things you can do to elevate your experience. First and foremost, serving this gelato in a beautiful dish or glass will make a difference in your presentation.

One option for pairing is to prepare some iced coffee or espresso to go alongside the gelato, creating a perfect balance between hot and cold. Alternatively, you can opt for a shot of Sicilian espresso, which will give you that authentic Italian coffee experience right from the comfort of your own home.

For those who have a sweet tooth, drizzling some chocolate syrup over your gelato and topping with whipped cream and chocolate shavings can make for an indulgent treat. However, if you prefer something more subtle, garnishing with some sweetened vanilla beans will provide a lovely contrast to the bold flavors of the coffee gelato.

Another classic option is pairing it with affogato, which is made by pouring a freshly brewed hot espresso shot over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The result is velvety and smooth with a bitter-sweet aftertaste.

Finally, you can try serving this gelato alongside some biscotti or almond cookies to add some crunchiness to your dessert experience. Letting these crunchy delights soak in the creamy gelato is delightful and meld together wonderfully.

In summary, whether you are looking for an indulgent treat or something refreshingly cool with a hot twist, few pairings compare to the luxury that comes with serving up this authentic Italian coffee gelato recipe.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A heavenly concoction of coffee and cream, this gelato will keep you cool during summers.
A heavenly concoction of coffee and cream, this gelato will keep you cool during summers.

There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh, homemade coffee gelato. But what if you have some leftover or simply want to prepare it in advance? Fear not, as you can easily make this Sicilian coffee gelato recipe ahead of time and store it for later cravings.

To keep your gelato fresh and delicious, transfer it to an airtight container with a lid and freeze it for up to two weeks. When ready to serve, let the gelato thaw for about 10-15 minutes at room temperature before scooping. This will ensure that the texture stays creamy and smooth.

If you want to reheat your coffee gelato in any way, we recommend only doing so by the scoop, rather than the whole batch. This will help preserve the consistency and flavor. You can also use leftovers in inventive ways – try adding it to a milkshake or using it as a topping for other desserts.

One important thing to note is that homemade gelato tends to freeze harder than commercial ice cream due to its lower fat content. However, by following these storage tips and techniques, you can ensure that your Sicilian coffee gelato stays as good as new even after freezing.

So go ahead, make a big batch of this exquisite coffee gelato recipe and save some for later indulgences. You won’t regret having it on hand for whenever you feel like treating yourself (and your loved ones) with authentic Italian gelato made right from your own kitchen!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The luscious texture and rich aroma of this gelato will leave you wanting for more.
The luscious texture and rich aroma of this gelato will leave you wanting for more.

Now that you have the recipe for the perfect Sicilian Coffee Gelato, there are a few tips and tricks that will help you achieve the best results possible:

1. Use high-quality ingredients. As with any recipe, the quality of your ingredients will make a big difference in the final product. Make sure to use fresh, high-quality whole milk, heavy cream, and egg yolks.

2. Be patient. While making gelato isn’t necessarily difficult, it does require some attention to detail and patience. Take your time and follow each step carefully to ensure that you end up with a perfectly smooth and creamy gelato.

3. Use a coffee liqueur. Adding a splash of coffee liqueur like Kahlua or Tia Maria will enhance the flavor of the espresso gelato and give it that extra kick of caffeine.

4. Add chocolate for variety. To mix things up, try adding some shaved chocolate to your gelato right before freezing it. It will add a delicious texture and flavor that is sure to impress.

5. Experiment with different coffee flavors. While this recipe calls for Sicilian espresso, feel free to use any type of coffee or espresso that you prefer. You can even try using different blends or roasts to create unique variations of this classic Italian dessert.

6. Invest in an ice cream maker. While it is possible to make gelato without an ice cream maker, investing in one will make the process much easier and yield better results. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for churning your gelato.

7. Use vanilla bean instead of extract. For an even richer flavor, use a real vanilla bean instead of vanilla extract in the recipe.

8. Don’t over-churn your gelato. It may be tempting to continue churning your gelato until it becomes ultra-smooth and creamy, but be careful not to overdo it. Over-churning can cause the mixture to break down and become icy, resulting in a less-than-perfect final product.

With these tips in mind, you will be well on your way to making the perfect Sicilian Coffee Gelato every time.


As a barista who has made and served various types of coffee beverages, I know that there may be some questions or concerns about making coffee gelato. In this section, I will provide answers to some frequently asked questions to help guide you in making the perfect and authentic Italian gelato at home.

What is the secret ingredient of gelato?

The key to making delicious gelato and ice cream lies in utilizing milk sourced from nearby farms.

What makes Italian gelato different?

When comparing gelato and ice cream, it is important to note that while there are similarities in their ingredients, there are also distinct differences. Gelato tends to have a higher milk content and a lower cream content compared to ice cream, and it typically omits egg yolks, which are commonly found in ice cream recipes.

What makes Italian gelato so good?

The composition of gelato contains a higher amount of milk compared to cream, which gives it a lower freezing point and a taste that is cooler, lighter and possibly more revitalizing. Its churning process is slower than that of ice-cream and results in a denser texture with an intensified flavor.

What is a gelado coffee?

Iced coffee drinks are abundant, but Gelado stands out from the crowd🍦❄️✨. This cold beverage creation is made by precisely extracting a shot of Estrela, blending it with ice, and continuing until achieving a flawless, creamy texture.

Bottom Line

So, there you have it – a delicious recipe for Sicilian Coffee Gelato that will undoubtedly make your taste buds sing. Not only is it simple to make with readily available ingredients, but the end result will leave you feeling as if you’ve been transported to the rolling hills of Sicily.

What makes Italian gelato so special is its consistency and flavor – it’s creamier, richer and more flavorful than any ice cream you’ve ever had. By following this recipe, you’ll be able to experience the magic of authentic Italian sweets in your very own kitchen.

Whether you serve it on its own, or alongside some black coffee for an affogato, this gelato will leave your guests begging for seconds. But what truly sets this recipe apart is the secret ingredient – Sicilian espresso that gives this gelato the perfect bitter-tart balance that makes it so uniquely delicious.

So why wait? Grab your 2 cups of whole milk, 1 cup of heavy cream and try making this scrumptious dessert today! Trust me, once you take one bite of this espresso gelato, you’ll be hooked for life.

Sicilian Coffee Gelato

Sicilian Coffee Gelato Recipe

We love coffee gelato but not the caffeine
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Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Calories 143.8 kcal


  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons espresso beans (decaf and ground)
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 Oreo cookies, crushed (optional)


  • Soak ground coffee in boiling water for 10 minutes, then strain using coffee filter or a very fine screen.
  • On medium to medium low heat 2 cups of milk, sugar and salt until steaming but boiling.
  • Mix 1/2 cup milk with corn starch, no lumps.
  • Pour milk & corn starch and coffee into into pan of hot milk. Stirring often. Keep on low heat and stir constantly until thicken. You want it thickened but you don't want to over cook it because the corn starch will break down and get runny.
  • Once thickened, stir in vanilla and remove from heat.
  • Pour into bowl and cool in refrigerator or freezer (cover with wrap to prevent skin forming on top).
  • When mixture is completely cold, pour into your ice cream machine and churn per machine instructions. Add optional cookies in the last 5 minutes of churn time. I have a cuisinart and it took about 25 minutes to make.
  • Put into freezer safe container with lid and store in freezer.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 154gCalories: 143.8kcalCarbohydrates: 25.3gProtein: 3.2gFat: 3.3gSaturated Fat: 1.9gCholesterol: 10.2mgSodium: 70.7mgSugar: 21.9g
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