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Coffee Gelatins

Coffee Gelatins 6.000

Renee Comet for The Washington Post; styling by Bonnie S. Benwick

One Pan Dec 14, 2017

This light, refreshing dessert ends the meal with a beloved beverage flavor, albeit on a cool note. Using cold-brew coffee eliminates bitterness, but if you like that coffee feature, use your own brewed, chilled coffee instead.

It helps to use a loaf pan with square corners.

6 - 8

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Tested size: 6-8 servings

  • 1 cup water, plus 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons powdered gelatin (from 4 individual packets)
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar, preferably superfine
  • 2 cups homemade or store-bought cold-brew coffee (see headnote)
  • Whipped cream or chilled heavy cream, for serving

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Pour the 1 cup of water into a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan, then sprinkle the powdered gelatin over the water's surface. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes, until the gelatin firms up.

Combine the 1 cup of boiling water and the instant espresso powder in a large liquid measuring cup, stirring until the granules have dissolved, then quickly add the sugar, stirring until it has dissolved.

Pour the sweetened coffee mixture into the pan, then use a fork or flat whisk to thoroughly incorporate it into the gelatin mixture, making sure there are no clumps of gelatin. Pour in the cold-brew coffee, stirring gently to incorporate. Any foam or bubbles on the surface should subside after a few minutes; if not, stir gently to make it disappear.

Cover with plastic wrap (not touching the surface) and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or until firm.

Uncover and invert the slab of coffee gelatin onto a cutting board. Cut into 1-inch cubes and divide among dessert cups. Top with whipped cream, or pour a little heavy cream over each portion. Serve chilled.

Recipe Source

Based on “Adam’s Big Pot: Easy Meals for Your Family,” by Adam Liaw (Hachette, 2014).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 8, not including whipped cream): 60

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 13g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 12g

Protein: 4g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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