Coffee and coffee desserts are quintessentially Italian, so naturally they make a sensible choice to follow an Italian inspired dinner. But knowing what to settle on isn’t as straightforward. Of course there’s tiramisu, affogato, and pretty much anything coffee flavoured. Follow this list of desserts suitable for a Hollywood Cinema icon like Sophia Loren.
Let’s begin on familiar territory with the classic Tiramisu. Similar to the Charlotte cake, the tiramisu translates to “cheer me up”, “lift me up”, or “pick me up”… We’re not about to argue and would actually like to suggest further implied translations: “please don’t talk to me until I have finished this” and “I am so happy I saved room for dessert” easily come to mind. Generally made with ladyfinger biscuits soaked in coffee, which are accompanied by mascarpone cheese, cocoa powder, butter, sugar, and eggs.
Some variations include coffee flavoured liqueurs like Kahlua and Tia Maria, but other times brandy, port, or even Irish cream. Cakes and breads, like panettone, may also be used in place of ladyfinger biscuits.
If you ate a little too much spaghetti and you’re struggling to find the stomach space, what about some bite-sized coffee chocolates and truffles? You’ll see we’ve even come across truffles that are tiramisu flavoured!
Turning our attention to French desserts that include coffee, we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the religieuse and the opera cake. The religieuse starts with choux pastry or cream puffs. Then we add chocolate custard cream at the bottom and coffee custard cream on top. This is all held together with buttercream! To quote a bakery from Regina’s cheeky slogan, it’s a great way to sample “the French patisserie experience without the expensive flight to France.” Sometimes referred to as nuns, here’s where you can find them.
If the opera cake is more to your liking, we understand. With its elaborate almond sponge cake, everyone has to try this cake once in their life. With coffee and chocolate filling layered one after the other, the fragrant opera cake is sure to stun you into silence, as if you were really in the audience watching Mozart’s The Marriage Of Figaro. Which reminds us, apparently the opera cake gets its name from its resemblance to the Palais Garnier, in Paris… It’s up to you whether you agree or not. As long as it keeps tasting the way it does, we’re happy.
And there you have it, coffee desserts fit for Sophia Loren. We hope you enjoy these coffee dessert suggestions!