It is also a staple used in southern cooking for making Red-Eye Gravy, a breakfast favorite served with fresh cured ham and biscuits. The recipes here use coffee and are tasty choices that pair well with a piping hot cup of coffee. One of the most popular desserts that use coffee is the coffee cake. The recipe here is for coffee cake with a coffee butter frosting. Coffee Cake Ingredients 4 Tablespoons ground coffee â€" darker roasts add more coffee flavor Â¾ cup milk 1 tsp. baking powder Â½ tsp. of salt 1 cup all purpose flour or omit the baking powder and salt and use 1 cup self-rising flour Â½ teaspoon cinnamon and nutmeg Â¼ teaspoon ground cloves 3 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup sugar Â¼ cup butter " melted and warm Steep the coffee and milk for ten minutes. Strain into a measuring cup using either coffee filters or a cheesecloth. Keep the flavored milk warm. Mix the flour with the spices and set aside. Beat the eggs for two minutes at high speed until thick, add the sugar and beat 4-5 more minutes until light and airy. With the mixer on low beat the flavored milk in then add the vanilla. Add the flour with the mixer on low speed or fold in by hand. Lastly, fold in the warm, melted butter. Pour into greased 8-inch cake pans and bake 20-35 minutes at 350 degrees. Allow to cool before icing with Coffee Butter icing. Coffee Butter Icing Ingredients Â½ cup brewed coffee of the desired roast 3 egg yolks 1 cup butter softened to room temperature 1/3 cup sugar pinch of salt Mix all ingredients except butter and vanilla over warm water until thickened. Continue beating until the mixture cools. Add the butter one tablespoon at a time while beating then add the vanilla. Continue to beat until spreadable consistency is reached. Coffee mousse is an elegantly layered dessert that makes a beautiful presentation. Coffee Mousse 1 cup strong or dark roasted black coffee that has cooled 10 oz. cottage cheese that has been creamed. Â½ cup vanilla sugar 1 cup whipped cream, thickened with a mixer 3 tablespoons grated chocolate Grated chocolate for garnish 2 egg whites beaten stiff 8-10 sponge fingers or lady finger type biscuits 8-10 coffee beans Blend the cottage cheese with the coffee and vanilla sugar. Fold the whipped cream and one third of the chocolate into the mixture. Fold the egg whites into the coffee/cream cheese mix and gently fold to make a mousse. Pour the coffee that is left onto a plate and place each lady finger into the liquid for a moment, donâ€™t allow to stay in the liquid or the biscuit will become mushy. Place a spoonful of mousse into a desert glass followed by a biscuit then top with mousse. Sprinkle with grated chocolate and a coffee bean for decoration. Coffee desserts are a special treat to coffee lovers.
Many people who donâ€™t like coffee will often like coffee desserts. The flavor of theses desserts can be altered by using various flavors or roasts of coffee. This is an easy trick to alter the flavors of the mousse or the coffee cake and create various desserts from a single recipe.