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When Bob and I first started dating, I met his family for the first time at dinner. After we ate, his mother and grandmother started serving coffee, which I found to be the most peculiar thing. Coffee after dinner? Is this a thing that people do? Apparently yes, I would come to find out it is a thing people do.
Looking back, I find it so strange that I found it so strange. Even restaurants list coffee on their dessert menus and how that escaped me before, I have no idea. Coffee with dessert seems like such a no-brainer to me now.
That said, now that I’m a coffee after dinner person (though I still need my morning fix too), I have a digestif to share that’s boozy, creamy and sweet enough to be a dessert all its own.
Creamy Amaretto Coffee
serves 1 (this is to illustrate the amounts each cup should receive)
8 oz. hot brewed coffee (I used Lavazza Classico)
*1/2 oz to 1 oz. amaretto liqueur
A big dollop of homemade whipped cream (recipe below)
Chopped almonds, for garnish
Pour hot coffee into a mug or glass.
Pour in amaretto.
Top with whipped cream and chopped almonds.
*If you’re not a drinker or you happen to be the designated driver for the night, you can sub the amaretto with 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract.
Now for the whipped cream. Homemade is the way to go!
Homemade Whipped Cream (adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything)
1 cup heavy cream
2-4 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
Refrigerate a whisk and large bowl for about 20 minutes.
Add ingredients into bowl and beat with whisk until soft peaks form (it will take about 5 minutes, depending on how strong and fast you beat). Be very careful not to overwhip. Another way to tell if the whipped cream is done is when the cream starts gathering in the whisk.
Bob and I are spending this Thanksgiving at his grandmother’s house and I’ll be bringing my mom’s famous sweet potato soufflé (people inhale this stuff) along with ingredients for the amaretto coffee for post-turkey. It’s going to be such a delicious holiday.