Monday 22 January 2018

Coffee Zabaglione with Tuiles Biscuits (Serves 4)

IF YOU love coffee, you will adore this intense dessert.

I like to serve it in glasses with tuiles biscuits on the side. Any leftover tuiles can be stored in an airtight container, where they will keep for a couple of days.


4 egg yolks

50g (2oz) caster sugar

2 tbsp strong black coffee,

such as espresso

1 tsp double or regular cream

3 tbsp Marsala or medium sherry

Tuiles biscuits (see below), to serve

4 small glasses

1> Place the egg yolks and the sugar in a heatproof bowl sitting over a saucepan of simmering water on a low to medium heat. Whisk together over the heat until the sugar dissolves. The mixture will be runny at this point: continue to whisk for another five minutes or until the mixture thickens and becomes quite pale in colour.

2> Now add the remaining ingredients and whisk again for a further 10 minutes or the mixture is thick and fluffy.

3>Remove from the heat and allow to rest for 10 minutes before pouring into the sherry glasses and serving with the tuiles biscuits on the side.

Tuiles Biscuits (Makes 17 to 20 biscuits)

2 egg whites

110g (4oz) caster sugar

50g (2oz) plain flour, sifted

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

50g (2oz) butter, melted

and cooled

1> Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F), gas mark 4. Line two baking sheets with baking parchment.

2> Place the egg whites in a spotlessly clean, dry bowl and whisk for one to two minutes or until they are foamy and just turning white. Gently fold in the remaining ingredients.

3> For each biscuit, spoon 1 teaspoon of the mixture onto a baking sheet and gently spread into a circle, about 5cm (2in) in diameter. The biscuits will spread a little while baking, so do leave space between them. Place in the oven and bake for three to six minutes or until they turn light golden brown around the edge and still pale in the middle.

4> Remove from the oven and very gently lift off each biscuit from the baking parchment. Lay while still warm over a rolling pin or the side of a wine bottle to give a curved shape (tuile means ‘tile’ in French, as in a curved roof tile) and place on a wire rack to cool.

If you would prefer flat biscuits, just place the tuiles straight on thewire rack without curving them first.

The tuiles need to be warm to be pliable so keep the rest warm on the baking sheets in the oven with the heat off and the door open as you mould each biscuit.

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