Doughnut Ice Cream


Doughnut Ice Cream //

It was the day before Valentine’s day and I was contemplating what I should make for Josh as a present. I settled on doughnut ice cream and was taking Amelia for her right-before-evening walk. I started contemplating the execution: soaking the doughnuts, infusing them in the milk vs. pureeing them in a blender with the milk and cream and then straining them.

We walk past the elementary school and out walks Sebastian. He’s six-ish, wearing a backpack that’s filled with way too many books, making it practically the size of him. He waves at Amelia and she immediately starts shaking her body with excitement like she’s doing The Twist. Sebastian asks if he can walk her to the corner and I say ok. We start to walk and he begins to tell me how he loves corgis and how they’re The Queen’s dog.

He then asks if he can run and have her chase him in the field attached to the school. I say ok again and let her off the leash. He bolts down the field, she takes off, trying her hardest to catch up. They both run in the street and almost give me a heart attack, which makes me scream at both of them, asking if they’re lunatics. They come back and my stomach reenters my body. They run back and forth back and forth. Staring at their young energy makes me feel old, it makes me wish I was the one who was running, which is absurd because it could be. All I’d have to do is just run.

Doughnut Ice Cream //

Sebastian falls to the grass and Amelia starts licking his face and he’s laughing and saying ew and laughing some more until finally Amelia stops and lays next to him. The sun is setting in this way only Los Angeles can set a sun. Hues of pink and blue and coral shoot out from the horizon making me contemplate God and nature and everything I say I don’t believe in. It’s transcendent.

I sit in the grass with them and listen while Sebastian tells me a confusing story, the way six-year-olds tell stories. I listen and nod and smile and listen some more and say to myself this is what good is. Sebastian’s brother calls him and they head home. Amelia and I walk off in the opposite direction to finish our walk.

And then I come home and make some of the best ice cream I’ve ever made.

Doughnut Ice Cream //

Doughnut Ice Cream

Prep Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Serving Size: 1 pint


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 yeasted glazed doughnuts, divided, plus more serving
  • 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  • To infuse the milk, start by pour the milk into a large bowl. Tear 2 of the glazed doughnuts into bite-sized pieces and mix them into the milk. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and transfer to the fridge for at least 4 hours, ideally overnight. When the milk is done infusing, pour the milk through a sieve, being sure to press the doughnut pieces so they expel any milk. Oh! and you might notice some glaze at the bottom of the bowl; make sure to get all of that too--it's good stuff! The milk should measure out to 1 1/4 cups milk.
  • To a bowl, prepare an ice bath by adding 10 or so ice cubes and adding a few splashes of water. Set a slightly smaller bowl inside the bigger bowl and set a sieve or strain inside the smaller bowl. Set the whole ice bath contraption aside.
  • To a medium saucepan, add the infused doughnut-milk, sugar and salt; heat over medium until the milk reaches a slight simmer and the sugar dissolves. Once it reaches the simmer, remove the pan from the heat.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks together, thoroughly. Next you’re going to temper the milk mixture. Whisking the entire time, add about 1/4 cup of warm milk to the egg yolks. Add the remainder of the milk to the egg yolk mixture and whisk. Return the entire mixture back to the medium saucepan and place over low heat. Cook the milk and yolk mixture, stirring constantly, until the thermometer reads 170 to 175 degrees F and the mixture appears thick and coats the back of the spoon.
  • Pour the mixture through the sieve into the bowl. Stir in the heavy cream. Keep mixing until the mixture is room temperature. Take your last doughnut, break it up into three large pieces and submerge them in the custard mixture. Wrap the bowl in plastic and transfer it to the fridge for 4-5 hours, or overnight, until very cold.
  • Remove the doughnut pieces from the custard mixture and discard them. Churn the mixture into the bowl of your ice cream maker, according to your ice cream maker’s instructions. Serve immediately for soft serve or alternatively transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze overnight.
  • Serve ice cream with a few doughnuts on the side and a sprinkling of sprinkles.
Nutrition Facts
Doughnut Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving (4 g)
Calories 0
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Reply Averie @ Averie Cooks February 21, 2014 at 12:25 am

    No way! I love the way you think 🙂 This is absolutely perfect! Pinned 🙂

  • Reply [email protected] February 21, 2014 at 1:02 am

    I am going to agree with you and make it today! I am seriously in to baked good ice creams too; maybe other patisseries need an ice cream too. This is crazy good!

  • Reply Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe February 21, 2014 at 1:33 am

    How is it that I’ve never thought about making doughnuts into ice-cream form?! It sounds brilliant and oh, so delicious! Even if it’s still pretty cold here in Italy, I’m already craving summer desserts and this definitely tops the list!

    xo, Elisa

  • Reply Marie @ Little Kitchie February 21, 2014 at 3:36 am

    YES! Perfection.

  • Reply Emily @ Life on Food February 21, 2014 at 3:53 am

    I love this logic. Beautiful!!

  • Reply Alicia February 21, 2014 at 4:39 am

    I love any excuse to use my ice maker, and this sounds like a great one! Delicious!

  • Reply Nina @ Ambrosia February 21, 2014 at 6:05 am

    OHEMGEE I don’t even know what to say about this. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this before, but it looks ahhmazing! Just wowwww.

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan February 21, 2014 at 6:13 am

    This is for sure a ‘how have I never thought of making this’ , you are brilliant!!

  • Reply Jen of My Tiny Oven February 21, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Pure genius! Love it!

  • Reply Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen February 21, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Whaaat? Donut ice cream? This is such a great idea!

  • Reply Abbie Patterson February 21, 2014 at 7:52 am

    That was the best story I’ve heard in a long time. Your blog is the best. Never ever stop writing. Or cooking, of course.

  • Reply cynthia | two red bowls February 21, 2014 at 8:31 am

    What a beautiful, beautiful story — thank you so much for such thoughtful words and for making me smile on a foggy morning. And for this doughnut ice cream!!!! Genius.

  • Reply Katrina @ WVS February 21, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Say whaaaaat?! Girl, this is insane! Love it!

  • Reply Billy February 21, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Ohmygod this story is the cuuuutest. I’m glad nobody asks if they can have Mose chase them because he would probably push them over and take any food they had. ALSO YES TO DOUGHNUT ICE CREAM.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 21, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Haha. Thanks friend! Amelia’s is like that too. Luckily he wasn’t eating an ice cream cone or it wouldn’t been hers. They sense the weak.

  • Reply K February 21, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Brilliant read. It touched me. Might have something to do with all the bloody Mary’s whilst waiting for a plane to take me on vacation, maybe not. Either way, there is nothing more awesome than kids running with dogs. Short of myself running with said dogs. 🙂

    Well done lady.

  • Reply michelle February 21, 2014 at 9:32 am

    this is one of the sweetest stories i have heard in a while! you shd start all your recipes with a story! 🙂 hugs from singapore!

  • Reply Ashley February 21, 2014 at 9:55 am

    This is a beautiful piece! I can’t help but wonder what Josh thought of the ice cream! I’ve never made ice cream before, but now I think I have to.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      He loooved it but thought it didn’t taste enough like doughnuts, so I tweaked it by adding a bit more sugar (my first go-around wasn’t very sweet) and added the doughnut to the creme anglaise mixture. Two doughnut infusing sessions did the trick!

  • Reply Taylor @ greens & chocolate February 21, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Kids are the greatest, aren’t they?! I just love their enthusiasm. This ice cream sounds incredible…soaking the doughnuts in milk?! Genius.

  • Reply sandra February 21, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I know the feeling of stomach leaving body – I have a four year old boy and it is a daily occurrence. So is listening to confusing stories. I love it. I find it hard to believe that you were able to capture the flavor of doughnuts by soaking them in the ice cream mixture. So much of a doughnut’s flavor is texture. Without that how is it a doughnut? I guess I’ll have to try it and see for myself. Great idea, none-the-less.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      I would say it definitely taste like the yeasted flavor of a doughnut. That’s definitely in there! But you’re right so much about a doughnut is the fluffiness.

  • Reply Beth @ bethcakes February 21, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I really enjoyed reading this post. Plus doughnut ice cream sounds like the most wonderful idea. 🙂

  • Reply Jen @ Fresh from the... February 21, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Oh wow this looks delicious!! Combining two awesome things into one? Yes please.

  • Reply Stacey February 21, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Your story was so beautiful and poignant. Well done, pretty lady! I can’t even deal with this ice cream situation right now. You are a genius.

  • Reply Ashley Gonzalez February 21, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Great post! I really enjoyed reading about you’re run in with Sebastiom the 6 year old haha. Those doughnuts looke amazing too!

  • Reply Denisse @ Le Petit Chef February 21, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    There’s absolutely no way I am not trying this…I’ve been testing out donut recipes lately and this is the perfect thing to do with the stale leftovers!

  • Reply Holly Henderson February 21, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    This makes me teary because I have a six-year-old son (whose middle name happens to be Sebastian), and he runs super fast (sometimes into the street) and tells confusing stories and would absolutely love to chase and be chased by a dog.
    I think Sebastian (and my son) would approve of the sprinkles, they are pure joy.

  • Reply Yael February 21, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    All I can say is wow! Wow, wow, wow! MUST try !

  • Reply Chrissy February 21, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    THIS is brilliant!

  • Reply cheri February 21, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    what a sweet story. doughnut ice cream, genius!

  • Reply Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 21, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Absolute brilliance! Love the sprinkles too – a must!

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance February 22, 2014 at 8:49 am

    So creative and I loved the story about Sebastian.

  • Reply sue/the view from great island February 22, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I can’t think of a more appropriate recipe to pin on my Outrageous Ice Cream board….this might have to go on the cover 🙂

  • Reply Sara @ Confectionary Tales February 22, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    LA sunsets are one of my favorite things. I moved here last year and it still doesn’t get old 🙂 Oh, and this ice cream sounds amazing.

  • Reply Jennifer Ulloa February 22, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    This is probably my favorite post ever. The recipe sounds so yummy (you are a genius!) And the story is just so perfect 🙂

  • Reply Connie | URBAN BAKES February 22, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    This sounds amazing. I love how you incorporated doughnuts. Who knew?! Pinning!

  • Reply Amy February 22, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Oh my, oh my, oh my!
    I think the other half is going to absolutely love this!

  • Reply Mary February 23, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    The only thing that would make this better is if there were Amelia photos to go along with it!

  • Reply Sophie February 24, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Lovvvvve this recipe!! Sounds so good! Cute story about Sebastian and Amelia… sometimes simple little unexpected things bring out the best moments 🙂

  • Reply Alexandra @ Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker February 26, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Loved your story; it seemed so very real and raw and bittersweet. 🙂 This ice cream, on the other hand, sounds totally sweet and dangerously delicious!

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  • Reply Christine February 28, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I have always liked your site precisely because it is never JUST about food, but about food and the experiences of life that are inextricably tied together with that food in your mind.
    I loved this story.
    The way you have written it here is beautiful, and I just wanted to drop you a line to tell you that it made an impact on me. Six-year-olds DO tell stories like that. The fourteen-year-olds I teach in my high school English class still tells stories that way sometimes. They lose it sometime around senior year. It makes me wonder what else they lose along the way.

    Thank you.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 28, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      Oh man, thank you for this comment. It made my day. Thank you.

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