What’s more perfect than a warm cup of freshly brewed coffee after a scrumptious meal? A great dessert to go along with it! When coffee meets dessert, it’s no doubt a match made in foodie heaven. With the rich flavour of the coffee wonderfully complementing the sweet treat in your hand, it doesn’t get much better than that. So to help you level up your evening sweet treats, here are five absolutely delectable dessert recipes that pair perfectly with a steaming cup of your favourite roast. Each one is so easy to make, with clear instructions that even the most novice of bakers can succeed in.
1. Creamy Tiramisu
A classic Italian favourite loved by many, Tiramisu is the perfect coffee accompaniment. With its coffee-dipped ladyfingers and velvety mascarpone cream, you’ll find yourself reaching for another slice every time.
6 egg yolks
¾ cup of sugar
⅔ cup of milk
1 ¼ cups of heavy cream
½ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
8 ounces of mascarpone cheese
1 cup of strong brewed coffee (room temperature)
2 packs of ladyfingers
2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
First off, cook your egg yolks, sugar, and milk in a saucepan over medium heat until it boils. Wait for it to cool, whip in your cream and vanilla, then fold in the mascarpone. Dip each ladyfinger into the coffee (make sure it's room temperature so you don’t burn yourself!) and layer them at the bottom of your dish. Top with the mascarpone mixture, then repeat until you reach the top of the dish. Dust with the cocoa powder on top, then put it in the fridge to chill for 2 hours.
2. Chocolate Espresso Cookies
Chocolate and coffee just work as the perfect duo everytime. For the ultimate sweet pairing to your coffee, try these delicious chocolate espresso cookies.
2 cups of all-purpose flour
½ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon of espresso powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of salt
1 cup of unsalted butter
1 ½ cups of granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Start by preheating your oven to 350°F. Mix your dry ingredients (except the sugar!), then in another bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs and vanilla to the butter mix, then slowly add in the dry ingredients. Mix until nicely combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and drop spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes.
3. Coffee Caramel Flan
Looking for something more sophisticated and elegant? This creamy coffee caramel flan is just the dessert you’re looking for.
1 cup of sugar
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 cup of evaporated milk
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of instant coffee
Start by preheating your oven to 350°F. Melt the sugar in a pan over medium heat until it turns into a brown liquid. Pour it into a flan dish to create the caramel layer. In a blender, mix the rest of the ingredients until smooth and pour over the caramel. Just bake in a water bath for about 60 minutes and then it’s ready to serve.
4. Cinnamon Coffee Cake
A comforting classic and a great go-to, you can never go wrong with a tasty slice of coffee cake when you’re enjoying your favourite cup of joe.
3 cups of all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon of salt
1 cup of white sugar
4 teaspoons of baking powder
1 ½ cups of milk
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
½ cup of butter (melted)
1 cup of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
2 cups of powdered sugar
First, preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix the flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder with milk, eggs, and vanilla. Once well mixed, slowly stir in the melted butter. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan then mix brown sugar and cinnamon together to sprinkle on top of the batter. Swirl the sugar/cinnamon mixture into the batter with a knife. Bake for about 30 minutes before letting it cool. Finish it off by drizzling a simple icing made from powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.
5. Mocha Panna Cotta
This silky, smooth Italian dessert is infused with a coffee-chocolate flavour that will pair flawlessly with your hot cup of coffee. You definitely won’t regret trying out this recipe!
2 cups of heavy cream
½ cup of sugar
½ cup of espresso (or strong brewed coffee)
1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
1 packet of gelatin
Begin by simmering the cream, sugar, coffee, and cocoa in a saucepan until the sugar fully dissolves. Sprinkle the gelatin over ¼ cup of cold water, letting it bloom for 5 minutes before stirring it into the warm cream. Make sure it’s fully dissolved. Pour the mixture into molds or glasses of your choice, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours until it's completely set.
With these five dessert recipes on hand, your coffee time just became even better. Whether you’re a first-time baker or a seasoned patissier, the easy instructions and simple ingredients make these recipes an absolute breeze. Why not try them out for yourself?