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Irish Coffee Creams with Cream and Coffee Sauce

If you are a coffee fan, this is the coffee dessert – the best ever! It is based on an old-fashioned recipe for honeycomb mould, which sometimes separates into layers but sadly often doesn't. Therefore, I have now given up on layers because, anyway, it tastes absolutely divine. You can make this and serve it in Irish coffee glasses or plain glasses. The contrast of the unsweetened coffee cream mingling with the sweetened sauce and a generous amount of pouring or whipping cream is just gorgeous.


Serves 6

This recipe is taken from How to Cook Book Two and has also appeared in Sainsbury's Magazine (Dairy Collection)

Irish Coffee Creams with Cream and Coffee Sauce
Ingredients
 5 fl oz (150 ml) double cream
 6 heaped teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
 1 x 11 g sachet gelatine powder
 10 fl oz (275 ml) whole milk
 3 large eggs, separated
 1 rounded teaspoon cornflour
 7 fl oz (200 ml) crème fraîche
For the sauce:
 3 heaped teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
 6 oz (175 g) golden granulated sugar
Equipment
You will also need 6 x 7 fl oz (200 ml) serving glasses.

Method

Begin by soaking the gelatine: pour 5 fl oz (150 ml) of water into a small bowl, sprinkle in the gelatine and let it soak for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, pour the milk into a medium saucepan and place it over a gentle heat. Then, in a bowl, whisk the egg yolks and cornflour together and, when the milk is very hot and just about to simmer, pour it over the egg yolk mixture, whisking as you do.

Now return the whole lot to the same saucepan, adding the soaked gelatine and coffee powder, then return the pan to the heat and continue to whisk until the custard is thickened and the gelatine and coffee are completely dissolved.

Remove the pan from the heat and pour the custard into a large mixing bowl, leave it to cool, then whisk in the crème fraîche.

In another bowl, using a clean whisk, whisk the egg whites to the soft-peak stage. Now fold 2 tablespoons of the egg whites into the coffee custard to loosen the mixture, then gently fold in the rest.

Pour the mixture into the glasses and leave, covered with clingfilm, in a cool place for about 2 hours, then chill in the fridge until needed.

To make the coffee sauce, gently heat the sugar and 8 fl oz (225 ml) of water together and whisk till all the sugar granules have completely dissolved, then simmer gently for 15 minutes without a lid, until it becomes syrupy.

Next, dissolve the coffee in 1 dessertspoon of warm water, stir this into the syrup and transfer it to a serving jug to cool.

Meanwhile, whip up the double cream to the floppy stage and, when you're ready, serve the coffee creams topped with whipped cream and the coffee syrup poured over.

Note: this recipe contains raw eggs.


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