“Coffee is a beverage that puts one to sleep when not drank” ~ Alphonse Allais
Yes, this happened. And yes, this flavor was delicious.
Here’s how it all came to be. One of my BFFs, let’s call her “Key West Friend” was in town visiting for her birthday. Naturally, I offered to make her a special birthday concoction. Her only request was coffee. My only thought was that heath bar and Oreo needed to be included. The rest is history.
Whenever The Hubby and I go out to ice cream (which, I must admit, happens rather regularly) I always gravitate towards something with coffee, Oreo and Heath bar. It never fails. So, it made logical sense that this creation would take the same shape. The only problem with going out to ice cream with me, is that I’m a horrible critic. I taste about 10 flavors before placing my order, and with each bite, debate the consistency, creaminess, freshness and flavor. I am so annoying. It’s really unpleasant, and I’m sorry. But, every time I go for ice cream, I consider it reconnaissance, and if I don’t know what my competitors are doing, how can we possibly keep improving our product at 365scoops? I rest my case.
Anyhow, back to the birthday ice cream. I wanted to make an extra special birthday concoction, but felt that transporting an ice cream pie to work and then to visit my friend was totally untenable. Solution? Mini coffee heath bar ice cream pies. We all know that miniatures are so much cuter anyhow, and this way people can eat their own serving, without really feeling too guilty about it. So, I made the ice cream, and individual oreo cookie pie shells and voila, there you have it! A special birthday treat for a very special friend.
Coffee Heath Bar Ice Cream in Oreo Cookie Pie Shells
Created by 365scoops
Ice Cream Ingredients
3 cups half-and-half
3 egg yolks
3 tbs instant coffee ( I use Maxwell House, but Starbucks Via works well too, it’s just more expensive)
3/4 cup of sugar
4 Heath Bars, crushed into varied sized chunks (use 3 for mixing into the ice cream; reserve 1 for a topping)
Mini Oreo Cookie Pie Shell Ingredients
From Chaos in the Kitchen
1/4 cup butter, melted
First, make the ice cream. Heat 2 cups of half-and-half in a medium sauce pan until small bubbles form around the edges. Stir in the instant coffee and whisk until blended. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Meanwhile, whisk together the three egg yolks, slowly pouring in the sugar until the mixture is creamy, thick, and pale yellow.
Temper the eggs by slowly pouring the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks, stirring until the two mixtures are well combined. Pour back into the sauce pan and heat until the temperature reaches 165/170 degrees, or until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from the heat and pour in the third cup of half-and-half. Let cool completely and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
While the mixture is cooling, make the Oreo Cookie Mini pie shells. Preheat the oven to 350°F and coat 8-10 cupcake molds with spray or butter . Place Oreos in a large plastic zip top bag and smash them either by hand, or using a rolling pin. You can also process in the food processor (which I did) and this will give you a more consistent crumb.
Melt the butter in the microwave.
Empty crumbs into a mixing bowl and stir in melted butter until well combined. Pat wet crumbs all over and up sides of pie dish, making an even surface. Bake crust for 8-10 minutes or until hardened. Cool completely before filling with ice cream.
Once fully chilled, pour into the base of an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions (approximately 20 minutes). While the mixture is churning chop up 3 Heath Bars into various sized pieces and approximately five minutes before the mixture is done churning, pour the Heath Bar into the ice cream maker. Once finished, remove from the machine and transfer to a freezer safe container for at least 2 hours before enjoying. You can eat this straight from the machine, but it will be more like a soft serve, rather than “scoopable” ice cream.
The Great Assembly: Place one mini Oreo Cookie pie shell on a plate. Fill with 1-2 heaping scoops of ice cream. Sprinkle with a few chunks of Heath Bar for good measure and enjoy.
The Verdict: I’m not going to lie, these were insanely good. The birthday girl and her gal pals agreed. Perhaps the best compliment I got was from the birthday girl’s hubby who said ” This might sound sort of backwards, but I personally hate coffee, and this tastes just like coffee, which means it’s spot on the flavor, so I can actually appreciate how delicious it would be if I liked coffee.” For a second I sat there totally confused, until I realized that what he was saying is for a coffee lover, this stuff is damn good. And I agree. Plus eating ice cream out of an individual oreo cookie pie shell makes it even more outstanding! Enjoy.