30 Days of Christmas Coffees – Day 14
Italian Biscotti Coffee with Almond-Infused Whipped Cream
Greetings, coffee enthusiasts! Welcome back to spillinthebeans.com’s 30 Days of Christmas Coffees series. Today, we’re diving into the warm embrace of the holiday season with a delightful concoction for Day 14. This drink is one of our favorites, and we think it’ll become one of yours, too.
Say hello to our Italian Biscotti Coffee!
You’ll Appreciate the Effort
As a heads up, this recipe takes a little more effort than some of our other Christmas coffees, but we think it’s worth it. It’s a three-parter and everything is homemade.
- Chocolate espresso coffee base
- Biscotti syrup
- Almond-infused whipped cream
This is an excellent coffee for a Christmas brunch or any get-together. So, if you’re going to spend the time to do all three steps, why not share the love? Everyone will be asking for the recipe!
Gather up your ingredients
– 1 cup of freshly brewed espresso (or very strong coffee) – a Moka pot is the preferred method
– 1/2 cup of milk (dairy or plant-based)
– 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
– 1-2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk (adjust to taste)
– 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
– 1/4 cup of water
– 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
– 1/4 cup of chopped almonds or hazelnuts
– 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract
– 1/2 teaspoon of anise extract
Almond-Infused Whipped Cream
– 1/2 cup of heavy cream
– 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar
– 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract
– Crushed biscotti crumbs
– Grated dark chocolate
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Italian Biscotti Coffee
- Moka pot or other coffee-making method espresso is preferred for this recipe
- 2 shots espresso or 1 cup very strong coffee
- 1/2 cup hot water omit if using regular coffee
- 1/2 cup milk – dairy or plant-based
- 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 tsbp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds, hazelnuts, or combination
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1/2 tsp anise extract
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 Tbsp confectioner's sugar
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- crushed biscotti crumbs or grated dark chocolate for garnish – why not both?
- Part One – Start by making the biscotti syrup
- In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup water and granulated sugar and heat over medium heat until the sugar dissolves
- Add chopped nuts and let the mixture simmer for 20-25 minutes until slightly thickened
- Remove from heat and strain to remove the bits of nuts (save them for a topping or enjoy a quick snack right now)
- Add 1/2 tsp almond extract and anise extract and stir
- Set aside to cool
- Part Two – Whipped Cream
- In a chilled bowl, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form
- Add the confectioners sugar and 1/2 tsp almond extract and continue whipping until stiff peaks form
- Part Three – Coffee Base
- Pull two shots of espresso and add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of hot water or brew a cup of very strong coffee – we recommend using a Moka pot for this recipe
- In a separate pan, heat the milk, cocoa powder, and sweetened condensed milk over medium heat – whisk until combined and heated through (but not boiling)
- Add the espresso or coffee to the pot and stir well
- Add the vanilla extract and give it a final stir
- Part Four – Assemble your Creation
- Pour the biscotti syrup into the bottom of a large festive mug
- Slowly pour the coffee base over the syrup, allowing the flavors to swirl and combine
- Top with a generous dollop of the homemade almond-flavored whipped cream
- Add your desired toppings – we recommend a generous amount of dark chocolate shavings
- Serve immediately
- This recipe makes enough for an oversized mug – or 2 regular servings
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How the Italian Biscotti Coffee Comes Together
Three Steps to Crafting the Perfect Cup
To start your journey let a magical potion of water, sugar, and chopped nuts transform into a luscious biscotti syrup on the stove. Then, the almond and anise extracts seal the deal, ensuring every sip takes you on a culinary trip to the heart of Italy.
While the syrup is doing its thing, pull a few shots of espresso or brew a robust cup of coffee. You’ll combine it with a cocoa-infused milk mixture, and then gently pour it over the biscotti syrup. Watch as the flavors meld, creating a fragrant elixir that promises warmth and indulgence.
Crown Jewel: Almond-Infused Whipped Cream
No Italian biscotti experience is complete without a touch of decadence. Enter the almond-infused whipped cream, and making it at home is so easy (don’t let the words Cool Whip pass through your lips!).
Whip up some heavy cream until it forms soft peaks, then introduce a dash of almond extract and a sprinkle of powdered sugar and finish whipping it into fluffy goodness. The result? A cloud-like topping that adds the perfect creamy contrast to the bold coffee beneath.
Garnishes for the Final Flourish
To complete the masterpiece, sprinkle crushed biscotti crumbs and grated dark chocolate over the whipped cream. C’mon, what could be better?
30 Days of Christmas Coffee Continues
Whether you’re curled up by the fireplace or hosting a festive gathering, our Italian Biscotti-Inspired Christmas Coffee is your ticket to holiday bliss. You’ll find the warmth of the coffee, the crunch of biscotti, and the richness of whipped cream create a symphony of flavors that embodies the spirit of the season.
Dear coffee lovers, embrace the magic of Christmas with this delightful brew. Share it with loved ones, make it your cozy companion during a solo movie night, or simply savor it in quiet contemplation. Cheers to Day 14 of our 30 Days of Christmas Coffees.
So, stay caffeinated, and stay tuned for more festive surprises from spillinthebeans.com!
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