Sometimes you need a break from all that lush summer fruit with a sweet that reminds you of what good chocolate and summer cream can do for each other. The bite of strong, dark roast coffee teases out chocolate’s appealingly bitter edge, so things don’t go too far over the top. This desert comes together easily and holds in the fridge for several days.
Make the cream up to 3 days ahead and keep it covered in the refrigerator.
1. Gather 8 coffee cups or 2/3-cup ramekins, or small wine glasses and set aside. In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water. Let stand 5 minutes. In a 3-quart non-aluminum saucepan, warm the cream with the sugar, salt, and vanilla over medium-high heat. Do not let it boil.
2. Stir in the gelatin until thoroughly dissolved (you can tell by rubbing the cream between your fingers to see if there is any gritty unmelted gelatin). Take the cream off the heat and let it stand until it’s warm, but not hot. Whisk in the coffee and chocolate until the cream is absolutely smooth.
3. Place the sour cream in a large bowl. Gently whisk in the cream a little at a time until smooth. Taste for sweetness, adding sugar to taste. Fill each one-serving container three-quarters full with the cream. Chill 4 to 48 hours. Serve cool, topped with chocolate-covered coffee beans or chocolate shavings.
From A Summertime Grilling Guide by Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift. Copyright © 2012 by American Public Media.
Lynne Rossetto Kasper has won numerous awards as host of The Splendid Table, including two James Beard Foundation Awards (1998, 2008) for Best National Radio Show on Food, five Clarion Awards (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014) from Women in Communication, and a Gracie Allen Award in 2000 for Best Syndicated Talk Show.
Sally Swift is the managing producer and co-creator of The Splendid Table. Before developing the show, she worked in film, video and television, including stints at Twin Cities Public Television, Paisley Park, and Comic Relief with Billy Crystal. She also survived a stint as segment producer on The Jenny Jones Show.