My favorite part of a meal, is of course dessert! My husband and I love entertaining, and when we do we try to make dessert the most spectacular part of the meal. We always strive to serve something sweet and decadent that goes well with a delicious cup of gourmet coffee, such as Jamaican Blue Mountain or Kona coffee. This is actually quite simple to do as many desserts are meant to be served with an after dinner cup of gourmet coffee.
Let me start by saying my all time favorite dessert, with or without coffee, and that would be Tiramisu. Tiramisu is an Italian cake dessert that is literally translated to me “pick me up” or “make me happy”. This dessert will definitely make anyone happy as it incorporates ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of egg yolks and mascarpone, and flavored with liquor and cocoa. It truly is the perfect pick up after a meal, and even though it is a very decadent dessert, the coffee in it truly does pick you up a bit. I like to serve the Tiramisu with the same type of coffee that was used in the recipe. This makes for a cohesive dessert that is amazing from start to finish!
Another idea for a great dessert that is perfect with a cup of gourmet coffee, would be a rich chocolate mousse. Chocolate desserts really do shine when a bit of coffee is added to them, and the light fluffy texture of the mousse is a perfect ending to a stellar meal. When making a mousse, think about adding a touch of coffee to the recipe. The subtle flavors of it will bring out the natural flavors of the chocolate and the result is a truly rich and wonderful dessert!
One might say the most obvious dessert that goes with coffee, is of course coffee cake. Personally, I am not a big fan of this dessert unless it is made a little different. The best coffee cake recipes I have tried are blueberry crumble coffee cake, and a raspberry cream cheese pastry coffee cake. These were different spins on the typical coffee cake, and seemed to be so much richer and more delicious! Other great dessert ideas would include: cobblers, cakes, cookie bars, biscotti and cheese cake!
All of these options are quite lovely and if you are thinking about entertaining your guests are sure to be pleased!