A flavorful dessert is normally a great accompaniment to a meal. However, not many people realize that coffee can be used in the preparation of many dessert dishes. Below are a few fantastic options for anyone who is considering the option of adding coffee desserts to their after dinner menus.
1. Coffee Cupcakes
While baking regular cupcakes, adding 2-3 tablespoons of your favorite type of coffee to the flour will make a tremendous difference to their taste. This can be in the form of mocha, espresso or virtually any other ground coffee that is available. Once baked and they are ready to be iced, a little ground coffee can be added to whatever type of icing is going to be used as well – or simply use regular vanilla icing to ensure that the flavor doesn’t become too overwhelming.
2. Coffee-flavored Ice Pops
Many people only associate ice pops or popsicles with fruit juice or soft drinks. However, these can just as easily be made by using a combination of milk and coffee as well. Instead of making the coffee with water, it should be made with milk, poured into molds and be allowed to set in the freezer for a few hours. Anyone who is allergic to dairy can consider using coconut milk, almond milk or even rice milk as a substitute and still enjoy a cold dessert.
3. Espresso Brownies
Although these delectable coffee desserts may not be suitable for young children, they will definitely be a hit at an all-adults dinner party. When using any regular brownie recipe, a few tablespoons of any type of finely ground espresso can be used to enhance the flavor substantially, while also adding an interesting twist to what is usually a relatively plain dessert.
4. Coffee Panna Cotta
This is an extremely smooth and creamy dessert that can be prepared in shaped molds, with a coffee-based and/or brandy sauce that is flambéed over it. The dessert itself can then be garnished with chocolate chips, chocolate-covered coffee beans or even a basic chocolate sauce. If serving to children or non-alcoholics, the brandy can be omitted from the recipe.
5. Quick Coffee Ice Cream
Beating just 2 cups of heavy cream, adding sweetened condensed milk, chopped nuts and dissolved coffee to the mixture will yield a delicious homemade coffee-flavored ice cream. Once beaten, the mixture will have to be placed in the freezer for a minimum of 4 hours to set fully. Nuts can be omitted if need be and replaced with chopped fruit pieces, chocolate chips, sprinkles or even crushed Oreo cookies.
Preparing coffee desserts need not be a time-consuming chore. In fact, the options mentioned above usually do not take a lot of time to prepare – 20 to 30 minutes at most (excluding setting time in the freezer for some). Different types of coffee can be used in each of them as well, depending on what the preferred choice is. However, they all have one thing in common – they are sure to delight the taste buds of everyone who tucks into them.