vietnamese iced coffee granita sundae

vietnamese iced coffee granita sundae // Glazed & Confused

Did you know that only EIGHT percent of New Year's resolutions actually get achieved? Crazy right? Remember that time I made an epic New Year's resolution to post a blog every week? Well.... I'm definitely not part of that 8%. 

So where have I been you ask? Suffering the miserable life of an undergraduate college student taking two too many classes, working one too many jobs and having the joy of commuting between two equally as dysfunctional households on different sides of one giant lake. Woe is me, lol. But it's over with. Finally!!! Somehow, I even managed to do well in school (after announcing that "everybody has a bad semester, and I'm okay that this one is mine") and even won an award for it! Oh, I went to a freezing cold New York, bleached my entire scalp, and drunk texted Molly Yeh about cheese fries in Texas in this period, too. 

Rest assured, I'm not leaving again. I've missed all of my lovely internet friends way too much and will spending the next few days cooped up in bed post-wisdom teeth surgery being paranoid about dry sockets and making the rounds visiting all of your pretty blogs. :)  Let's celebrate with some dessert! 

french market coffee & chicory // Glazed & Confused

A few days ago, French Market Coffee sent me a giant box of coffee and challenged me to create a killer New Orleans-themed recipe. I obviously obliged, because coffee is the sole reason why I got through this semester from hell and coffee plus dessert is the greatest combination like.... ever. 

Now I know what you're thinking, Vietnamese iced coffee .... New Orleans??? Did you know that New Orleans has thriving Vietnamese population and a killer Viet restaurant scene? Did you know that my diet pretty much consists of nothing but banh mi and spring rolls? Did you know that Vietnamese is the fourth most spoken language in the entire state of Louisiana? Did you know that I just looked that up on Wikipedia? Bam. 

Because Vietnamese iced coffee is the delicious marriage of chicory coffee and condensed milk, I figured I would deconstruct it and turn it into something even more delicious than the drink itself.

The result: granita sundaes. Granitas are generally served alone or with a bit of whipped cream, but I truly believe in calorie-loading so I covered mine in layers upon layers of ice cream. Condensed milk ice cream, to be exact. On top of all of that, I covered the whole deal in even more condensed milk, because why not? 

vietnamese iced coffee granita sundae // Glazed & Confused
no-churn condensed milk ice cream // Glazed & Confused

know this all sounds potentially stressful, but this dessert is super easy! The granita is literally just coffee and sugar, mixed, frozen, and sloshed around with a fork a few times. The ice cream is a no-churn situation, with only three ingredients and a quick freeze. You can even lie and act like you broke out that fancy Cuisinart ice cream maker that you've never used, I won't tell! Promise!

Brb, I'll be eating the leftover granita for the rest of my summer.

vietnamese iced coffee granita sundae // Glazed & Confused

Chicory Coffee Granita 


In a medium-sized bowl, dissolve the sugar in the hot coffee. Once dissolved, stir in vanilla. Transfer the mixture into an 8-inch metal baking pan. Freeze the mixture, making sure to stir the mixture vigorously with a fork every 30 minutes until slushy, about 2 hours. 

Condensed Milk Ice Cream 

  • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla bean paste or extract 
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk, plus extra for drizzling


Using a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the cold heavy cream and vanilla on high until soft peaks form. Gradually add the condensed milk and continue whipping until high peaks form. Transfer the mixture into a bowl or loaf pan and freeze until set, at least four hours or overnight. 

When ready to serve, layer the granita and ice cream in a bowl or coffee mug. Drizzle with extra condensed milk! 

This post is sponsored by French Market Coffee. All opinions are my own and this sundae is literally amazing so don't be fooled. 

Coffee & Beignet Ice Cream Sandwiches

Coffee & Beignet Ice Cream Sandwiches // Glazed & Confused

I think about food a lot. Actually, I'm thinking about food at least 90% of the time. The other ten percent of my brain activity is taken up by "more important" things (emphasis on the air quotes) like college, my future, what I'm going to wear tonight... But don't worry, my constant food thoughts aren't of the unhealthy variety. (You know, like thinking about eating all of the food ever. Actually, I do that sometimes, too.) Instead, I'm usually dreaming about what I can do with food. 

New Orleans Beignets // Glazed & Confused
New Orleans Beignets and Cafe Au Lait // Glazed & Confused

The other day I had an epiphany. In the midst of an intense New Orleans dessert brainstorm sesh, I came to the conclusion that if I was held at gunpoint and forced to crown one local dish as the quintessential New Orleans sweet, I'd probably pick beignets. I mean really, what's better than little squares of fried dough drowning in a sea of powdered sugar. (Nothing.) Naturally, my food-obsessed brain then started thinking about the beignet's liquid lover, a piping hot cafe au lait perfectly balanced with a hint of chicory. And then, bam! The idea came to me: beignet ice cream sandwiches. And the rest is history. 

Though research of the interwebs shows that nobody has ever done such a thing. Call me a trendsetter. *hairflip*

Coffee & Beignet Ice Cream Sandwiches // Glazed & Confused
Coffee & Beignet Ice Cream Sandwiches // Glazed & Confused

Let's talk about this coffee ice cream. Nigella Lawson is pretty much a miracle worker, considering that she shared her secret to making creamy, soft, delicious ice cream at home without using an ice cream maker. I even have an ice cream maker, but this ice cream is so good that I've decided to skip out on making the real stuff. Only four ingredients, a whisk, and just a few hours chilling away in the freezer before you are left with the creamiest, richest, amazing-est coffee ice cream ever made. Too easy, almost. 

Sandwich that stuff in between homemade beignets and you're set. One bite and I'm instantly transported to one of my countless childhood powdered sugar fights at Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter. That's nostalgia alright. 

Coffee & Beignet Ice Cream Sandwiches // Glazed & Confused

One-Step, No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream

(the amazing Nigella method! makes 1 pint)

  • 1 1/4 cup heavy or double cream, well-chilled
  • 2/3 cups sweetened condensed milk
  • tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • tablespoons espresso liqueur (I used Kahlua) 

Whisk all the ingredients together just until the whisk leaves trails of soft peaks in the bowl, and you have a gorgeous, caffe-latte-colored airy mixture.

Freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight. Serve straight from the freezer.

Cafe du Monde-style Beignets 

  • one 0.25 oz packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water 

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup evaporated milk

  • 7 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup shortening

  • vegetable oil (for frying)

  • confectioners' sugar (for dusting)

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in the warm water. Once dissolved, add the sugar, salt, eggs, and evaporated milk. Mix well. Add in 4 cups of the flour and beat until smooth. Add the shortening, and then the remaining 3 cups of flour. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. (The longer, the better!)

Roll out the dough to a 1/8-inch thickness and cut into 2-1/2 inch squares. Fry the dough in hot oil (360 F). If beignets do not pop up, oil is not hot enough. Drain onto paper towels to cool. Once cool, cut beignets in half and place a scoop of the prepared coffee ice cream in between. Dust with confectioners' sugar.