Get your coffee fix as Martha makes four extraordinary coffee-flavored desserts: a flaky Napoleon filled with an addictive coffee pastry cream, grown-up ice cream sandwiches made with mocha meringues and espresso ice cream, a decadent coffee cream pie with a dark-chocolate wafer crust, and milk-chocolate-ganache-filled cappuccino-chocolate bites.
This Week’s Baking Tip:
Parchment paper is an effective and inexpensive liner for baking needs and cuts down on having to wash the pan as often.
This Week’s Recipe
Mocha Meringue with Espresso Ice Cream
Martha Stewart's Mocha Meringue with Espresso Ice Cream was featured in the Coffee episode of Martha Bakes.
- 1 1/2 cups superfine sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 6 large egg whites, room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
- For Espresso Ice Cream:
- 1 ¾ cups whole milk
- 1 ¾ cups heavy cream
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup brewed espresso
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 8 large egg yolks
- For the Mocha Meringues: Preheat oven to 300 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Using a pencil, trace 2 ½-inch circles, about 1 inch apart, on parchment to create templates; turn over parchment. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar and cornstarch.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk egg whites and salt on medium speed until frothy. Beating constantly, add sugar mixture 1 tablespoon at a time; beat until stiff, glossy peaks form, scraping down bowl halfway through, about 10 minutes. Sift cocoa and espresso powder on top and gently fold into batter in 4 or 5 additions.
- Transfer batter to a large piping bag fitted with a ¾-inch round tip. Pipe in a circular motion, about 1 inch high, onto prepared baking sheets. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until meringues are crisp, about 50 minutes. Let cool completely on baking sheets, about 20 minutes.
- Scoop ice cream and place on the bottoms of half of the meringues; sandwich with remaining meringues. Serve immediately or cover and freeze for up to 5 days.
- For the Espresso Ice Cream: Prepare an ice-water bath. Combine milk, cream, ½ cup sugar, the espresso, and vanilla in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
- Meanwhile, whisk together egg yolks and remaining ½ cup sugar in a bowl.
- Gradually whisk half the hot milk mixture into the egg-yolk mixture. Pour egg-yolk mixture into saucepan, and whisk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
- Strain through a fine sieve into a heatproof bowl set in ice-water bath, let cool, stirring occasionally. Press plastic wrap on surface of custard to prevent a skin from forming, and refrigerate 2 hours.
- Freeze in an ice cream maker according the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to an airtight container, and freeze for at least 1 hour before serving.
Yield: Makes 16 meringues or 8 sandwiches
Additional recipes and video clips from the episode are available on MarthaStewart.com:
- Mocha Meringues with Espresso Ice Cream
- Coffee Cream Pie
- Cappuccino-Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
- Coffee Napoleon
- Mocha Shortbread