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Piccola Tazza Caffee Tortoni

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Piccola Tazza Caffee Tortoni
2011-04-09 Desserts
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The perfect finish for a classic Italian meal--chocolate serving cups filled with a coffee flavored cream and topped with a Maraschino cherry.

  • Servings: 4


1 Egg White
1 Tbsp Instant Coffee
6 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
½ pt Heavy Whipping Cream
2 Tbsp Sherry or Rum
4 Tbsp Chopped Toasted Almonds
Maraschino Cherries & Sweet Whipped Cream, for garnish
8 oz Dark Chocolate Coating Pieces
½ Tbsp Vegetable Oil
8 Small Balloons


Combine egg white and instant coffee in a small bowl; beat until stiff, then gradually add sugar and continue beating for 2 minutes. Whip cream in a chilled bowl. Fold into egg and coffee mixture. Add sherry or rum flavoring, then place in refrigerator while making chocolate cups. To make small chocolate cups, melt chocolate in a double boiler over simmering water, until about 100 degrees, but no hotter.

Blow up the balloons until they measure 3 1/2 inches diameter, about the size of an orange. Tie the balloons and squeeze the top of the balloon toward the bottom to stretch the rubber evenly. Lightly coat the bottom 2 1/2 inches of the balloon with oil by rubbing it on with your hand. Don't use too much oil. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Push the round end 2 inches deep into the chocolate, holding the balloon straight. Lift and let excess chocolate drip back into the pot. Blot bottom on an extra sheet of parchment then set on a lined baking sheet. Place in refrigerator 2 minutes to set chocolate. When set, puncture balloons with a toothpick, next to where they are tied. Remove balloon when deflated.

Fill 4 cups with Caffee Tortoni mixture. Place cups in a refrigerator tray. Sprinkle with the almonds and freeze until firm. When ready to serve, top with a dollop of whipped cream and add a cherry on top.

Helpful Tips:

We had this dessert in an Italian cafe in 1963, and I have used this idea many times. I always make extra coffee cups in case one doesn't turn out just right. This is a light dessert after a big Italian meal, and everyone loves the chocolate cups. Chocolate coating pieces are available at craft stores and most grocery. I get them at Trader Joe's or JoAnn's. Chocolate coating pieces work great as they don't need to be tempered.