The Coffee Challenge with De’Longhi:
Italian Coffee Mocha Kisses and Brandy Snaps
There is nothing as nice as afternoon tea, unless it happens to be afternoon coffee. I am a bit of a tea and coffee snob, and only drink the best stuff, made in a tea-pot for tea and in a cafetière for coffee. So, when De’Longhi asked if I would like to receive a fabulous Icona Vintage Coffee Machine in order to participate in a “coffee challenge”, I was pleased to accept; not only would I be able to create a new recipe that used coffee, but I would be able to make a good cup of espresso (or even cappuccino) in my new coffee machine too. My beautiful new machine arrived in a lovely vintage olive-green and I practised making coffee in my machine whilst I pondered on what I would make for the coffee challenge. The Icona Vintage Coffee machine is fabulously sleek with a vintage Italian coffee shop look. The machine not only makes espresso, but also makes cappuccino with a classic steam, air and milk system, so you get a cup of wonderfully frothy topped coffee. There is a cup warmer, a removable water reservoir as well as a very handy “crema filter”, which takes ground coffee as well as coffee pods.
But on to my coffee challenge recipe; I was originally going to make a savoury recipe that uses coffee as one of the ingredients, a Mexican recipe, but I also wanted to bake something too, and so my afternoon tea time menu was planned. Would I make macarons, cakes, mousse, parfait or wafers, or would I make biscotti or amaretti? In the end it was my coffee machine that gave me the recipe idea, and I decided to make a classic and VERY retro biscuit (cookie) – one that is popular on many a vintage tea time-table, “coffee kisses”, based on my coffee machine’s vintage good looks! But these coffee kisses are not any old coffee kisses, mine have a sophisticated twist on the usual recipe, I decided to use cocoa powder and some freshly brewed espresso coffee in my little biscuits as well as the butter-cream too. And, as I had some butter-cream left over, I added a dollop of fresh double cream to it, and piped some of the espresso cream into some home-made brandy snaps my mum had made……..a lovely addition to the afternoon tea coffee table.
In addition to my espresso butter-cream filling, I also added some home-made raspberry jam for a rich berry burst with the coffee flavours. All that was needed to complete my afternoon tea, was a cup of coffee of course – I had a cappuccino and Malcolm my husband had a double espresso. I am thrilled with my new coffee machine, and I’m hoping to add to it with an Icona Vintage kettle and toaster in olive-green if I win the coffee challenge……..as my kitchen is yellow and green, so they will the perfect match! I have not added the brandy snaps recipe as it is simply an assembly job; just add some fresh double cream to a little espresso butter-cream and pipe (or carefully) spoon it into the brandy snaps. The recipe for my Italian Coffee Mocha Kisses is shared below, and I always think they are similar in looks to macarons, albeit it in a more “country cousin” way……Tuscan country cousins maybe!
Coffee Kisses are the cross between a small cake and a biscuit, and have a distinctive crackled top……they can be made smaller than the ones I made, (as you can see in the photos) and can be sandwiched with all sorts of different fillings such as vanilla butter-cream, chocolate butter-cream, berry butter cream or lemon butter-cream, and the flavourings can be varied in the actual cake/biscuit too. I hope you have enjoyed my “virtual” De’Longhi Tea with Coffee, Italian Coffee Mocha Kisses and Brandy Snaps…….do let me know if you make this recipe. See you later with a new giveaway, a new 5:2 recipe as well as personal post about gardens, cats and the National Trust. Have a wonderful weekend, Karen
Disclaimer: I received a De’Longhi Icona Vintage Coffee Machine worth £189 in order to make coffee and enter the Coffee Challenge; all opinions and views are my own, and my recipe is being entered into a competition to win the matching toaster and kettle. Karen S Burns-Booth