Friday 8 June 2007

The Joy of Eiskaffee

Dornstetten: the kind of place where you want to stop for coffee...

The Sprocketboy enjoying the Great Outdoors

Since my last post was about losing weight, this one is about a food that is guaranteed to make you gain it. Unless of course you are spending the day on your bicycle, riding up and down the hills of the Black Forest. I was in that fortunate situation last summer and had the opportunity of introducing Eiskaffee, that summer drink of drinks, to my friends Dr. Chef and Steve Z. We all quickly agree that nothing made a rest stop at an outdoor cafe in Germany better than an excellent Eiskaffee, and I have the photographic evidence to prove it. And Germany really does look like this.

Dr. Chef enjoys his Eiskaffee

Keep your chain-store Frappucinis and Mochialoonies away from me! Making an Eiskaffee is pretty easy, although you would not suspect that from the huge number of recipes on the Internet, some calling for chocolate ice cream, others for hazelnut coffee. Pshaw! Here is the simple recipe, always reliable:


1 scoop of really good vanilla ice cream
1 cup of strong coffee (I like to use espresso for this), chilled
1/2 cup of whipped cream
1 tsp of grated chocolate, as a garnish
1 wafer cookie, the fancier the better

Dr. Chef and Steve Z. enjoying an Eiskaffee break

Place the ice cream scoop in a tall glass or wine goblet
Add coffee until the glass is 1/2 to 3/4 full
Add whipped cream until it reaches the rim
Sprinkle the chocolate shavings
Stick the wafer into the whipped cream

Serve with a straw and a long spoon. Bliss.

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