Cooking with coffee – Mocha custards

I saw this little beauty on the internet and modified it to my liking.  I also made changes so it is Banting safe!  That is of course if you do not put any Kahlua in.  This is really simple and apart from time in fridge took me about 15 minutes.  The most important thing is to never overheat the mixture.


Serves 4


1 cup heavy cream

½ cup strong black coffee like espresso (I used cold brew)

6 egg yolks

3 Tablespoons Xylitol (4 for the sweet tooth)

1 Tablespoon coco powder (Heaped if you like dark chocolate)

2 Tbsp Kahlua (for non-banters)

Whipped cream


Place the cream and coffee in a double boiler over low heat and stir together.  This should heat up but never boil.  If it is too hot, your egg mixture may separate later.

While stirring occasionally, on the side mix coco powder and Xylitol to combine. Add the egg yokes and whisk together. 

Once warm, slowly pour the hot cream and coffee mixture into the egg yolk mixture while whisking constantly.

Return the double boiler on low heat and stir with a wooden spoon.  If heat is too much the cream may separate.  Stir constantly until the custard thickens and coats the back of the wooden spoon.

Remove from the heat and stir in the Kahlua, if using.

Pour into small coffee cup or large espresso cups and allow to cool on the bench top. Then place in the refrigerator for several hours until firmed up.  If it does not firm up it is no worry since it will be just as nice!

Serve, topped with some whipped cream and sprinkle with a little coco powder.

Coffee Creations – Expanding your Horizons

The classics like a cappuccino or espresso will always be my favorite Coffee drinks. It is like a familiar road you walk every day. You know it inside out, yet every day you see something different or have a slightly different experience. Now and then however, you like to leave the beaten path and try something different, just to keep things interesting. This is where endless Coffee based drinks of all types come in play.

Drinks can be loosely be grouped as follows

  • Classic Espresso based
  • Spice infused
  • Alcohol fortified
  • Flavored
  • Creamy
  • Shakes and Freezos

Some of these drinks use cold brewed Coffee (See our post on Cold brew) and some use various forms of hot coffee. The list is endless, but here are two of my favorites for starters. As time goes on, I will add more recipes. Some are my own, but others are from a great little book by Sherri Johns called Coffee Café.


Creamy: Creamacchino

There are so many versions, but I love this simple version which does not have cold whipped cream on top.


Cream Pre-heat the cream in microwave oven or steam.
Vanilla syrup Pour some vanilla syrup in your cup. Pour it on the side wall and let it coat the inside of the glass..
Espresso Prepare an espresso directly into the cup and pour in the pre-prepared cream.
Coco Powder Dust with coco powder to garnish.

Flavored: Hazel Choccachino

This super simple recipe is wickedly sweet and ideally suited for a cold night in front of a fireplace.

Nutella or any Hazelnut chocolate spread Put a healthy scoop in the bottom of your mug.
Espresso Prepare an espresso directly into the cup.
Foamed Milk Pour steamed milk as you would for normal cappuccino.
Optional chocolate shavings As if is not wicked enough, add some choc shavings on top.