As the weather cools down, many of us begin that beautiful, end of summer Portland tradition; staring with anticipation into our ovens, waiting for days to become just chilly enough to bake some muffins. Fall is the time to pull out your favorite cookbooks, dust off your stand mixer, and start putting on some winter weight. We love everything about fall, but baking ranks pretty high, mostly because of these three recipes that call for coffee in unexpectedly delightful ways.
Chocolate Dipped Espresso Meringues — These meringues are delicate mouthfuls of whipped air, sugar, and albumen, dipped in rich dark chocolate. The addition of extra fine espresso to the meringue batter gives these cookies a silky, earthy flavor and adding a splash of brewed coffee to your chocolate before it’s tempered adds a delightful coffee finish.
Espresso Shortbread — Start your morning with a strong cup of your favorite coffee complimented by this rich, decadent shortbread. That shortbread only really gets the attention it deserves in the colder months is unfortunate considering this is the perfect way to start your day.
Coffee-Infused Whipped Cream — This recipe is as simple as adding one-half quart of heavy cream to two tablespoons of brewed coffee and two tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar, then whipping vigorously until stiff peaks form. Voila, the perfect topping to your favorite fall drinks and deserts.
Cafe Delirium is a coffee shop located in Gresham, OR. A large space, comfortable seating, free Wi-Fi and, of course, great coffee and espresso.