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I don’t know about you but is there a better way to round off a dinner than with a coffee dessert? Here’s some of my favourites:



Surely the ultimate dessert, this one ticks a few boxes. It is wonderfully creamy and indulgent, has a lovely strong coffee taste for you caffeine lovers out there and to boot, is relatively easy to make. My fast track to dessert heaven! For recipe click here http://www.cookingwithnonna.com/italian-cuisine/tiramisu.html

2. No churn coffee ice cream


I am adding this one here as it is sooo easy to make and is from one of my favourite chefs, Nigella Lawson. I have never owned an ice cream maker and don’t intend to ever have one, and luckily, this recipe doesn’t require it. It can easily be adapted to suit different tastes, let your imagination run wild and add peanut butter or rum and raisins instead of coffee. Once you have tasted it with coffee though you won’t go back. Check out the recipe here http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/ONE-STEP-NO-CHURN-COFFEE-ICE-CREAM-5550

3. Affogato


Have you ever invited friends round for dinner and painstakingly planned your welcome drinks, starter, and main course but completely forgot to plan a dessert? I do this on a regular basis, luckily the sort of friends I invite are usually so sloshed (plenty welcome drinks everyone?) by the time they finished eating their mains that no one asks for dessert anymore. However, this one comes in handy for exactly those situations. Affogato dessert (get it?). It is simply a double shot of espresso with a scoop of vanilla ice cream dropped in and it tastes divine!

4. Shamrock Espresso cocktail


Going back to my type of dinner party, it is useful to have a few cocktail recipes up your sleeve. My husband is a rather proficient mixologist so this one is courtesy of Nathan. One of my all time favourite cocktails, I tend to beg my hubbie to make this on a regular basis. Great for anytime but perfect for after dinner! Here’s how to do it:

–shot of espresso (perhaps even a double)

–shot of Baileys

–shot of Kahlua

–shot of Vodka

served on ice

et voilà, your pick me up! You will definitely want two and I promise you won’t sleep for a few hours

5. Cappuccino Pavlova


I am adding this one at the end, as I have never successfully mastered the art of meringues, let alone pavlova. If you are a dab hand in the kitchen though, you should definitely give this a try, as it is heavenly! So light but full of coffee flavour, what’s not to like. Another one courtesy of lovely Nigella Lawson, find the recipe here: http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/cappuccino-pavlova