April 29th marks the beginning of UK Coffee Week, and so we’ve shortlisted some of our favourite coffee recipes. Try these simple yet delicious recipes at home and let us know how you get on.
Coffee & Rum Tiramisu Pots
One of our favourite desserts here at DD, it includes two of our favourite ingredients: coffee and rum! Make up approx. 150ml of coffee and mix with 4tbsp of rum (our favourite, by far is Barti Ddu). Leave the mixture to one side whilst you carry on with the rest of the dessert. In a bowl, beat 2 egg yolks with approx 30g of caster sugar until thick and mousse-like. Next, add some mascarpone cheese (250g) into the yolk mixture and beat well. Now it’s time for your egg whites, these will need whisking together with some sugar to create beautiful meringues (they should be fairly stiff but not stand upright). Dip your sponge fingers into the coffee and rum mixture you’ve previously made up, carefully coating. Now for the fun bit (second to the actual tasting!) Line your glass jars with the sponge fingers, layering with the mascarpone mixture as you please – why not get creative! Chill in the fridge for approx 90mins and enjoy!
A modern classic, we cannot get enough of these delicious, sophisticated cocktails. The mix of vodka and coffee really shouldn’t work, yet it does! All you’ll need for this simple recipe is vodka (50ml), coffee liqueur (35ml), a strong shot of Cariad Coffee (approx 25ml) and a lot of ice! To make, simply add the vodka, coffee liqueur and coffee into a shaker filled with ice. Shake to your heart’s content (the harder your shake, the frothier the cocktail) and once your arms cannot take any more, pour through a sieve into a martini glass. Garnish with some coffee beans and enjoy – Iechyd Da.
Chocolate Coffee Cheesecake
Preheat the oven to 150’c. In a bowl, crush some of your favourite biscuits and mix with a generous helping of melted butter. Leave to cool and set in the fridge for approx 15mins. Next, the delicious topping. In a bowl, add some cream cheese (250g), mascarpone (250g), caster sugar (100g) and flour (1tbsp) and mix together thoroughly. Leave the mixture to one side and gently heat some chocolate (150g) in a small saucepan, adding your dissolved ground coffee beans (around 4 tbsp). Stir well and then add to your flour mixture complete with 2 large eggs and whisk until smooth. Place on top of your biscuit base and bake in the oven for 90 mins, or until set. Leave to cool and then there’s nothing left to do but to enjoy!
All you’ll need for these tasty little treats are your usual cupcake ingredients; flour, sugar, eggs and butter. BUT, the secret weapon for these beauties is a generous helping of Coaltown Coffee. Mix 3-4tbsp of diluted coffee into the cake mixture and pop into cupcake cases. Put into a pre-heated oven and bake for around 15 mins, or until ready. For the icing, beat some butter together with icing sugar, and add another 2tbsp of diluted coffee into the mixture. Once your cakes have cooled, pipe the icing onto the cupcakes and decorate as you wish. We love this idea of using half a pretzel to turn your coffee cupcakes into coffee mugs. Get creative!
These are so simple to make, yet so incredibly satisfying. Of course, the possibilities are endless when it comes to flavour combinations, but we are particular fans of coffee truffles. Other flavour options include rum, sea salt, orange zest, chili etc, the only limit is your imagination! To make your truffles, you’ll need some good quality dark chocolate, we’d highly recommend Wickedly Welsh’s 80% cocoa bar, a pot of double cream and some unsalted butter (approx. 50g). Pour the cream and butter into a saucepan and heat until the butter has melted and the cream is starting to simmer. Chop your chocolate into small pieces and pour over the cream mixture. Stir thoroughly until you reach a lovely creamy consistency. Add a few teaspoons of coffee to your mixture and leave to chill for around 4hours. When it comes to shaping your truffles, lightly grease the palms of your hands (butter or flavourless oil will do the trick) and roll into balls. Now, go wild with toppings! Once this is done, place in an airtight container and leave in the fridge for at least 3 days. Perfect gifts for family or friends, or simply keep them all to yourself!