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7 Must-Try Coffee Desserts

Espresso-soaked pastries, cappuccino ice cream, and many more java-based sweet treats
February 27, 2014
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by Scott Kearnan

Coffee and dessert is a perfect pairing. But even better: coffee desserts. Save room for some of these flavorful finishes, from tweaked tiramisu to boozy affogato. 

Cappuccino Ice Cream at Heirloom Kitchen

The new Dedham-based takeout and delivery company, which focuses largely on offering harried worker bees prepped nightly dinners made from locally-sourced ingredients, also offers housemade ice creams and sorbet. That includes this creamy coffee concoction (with fluffy marshmallows, naturally) made with local dairy. $7 per pint and available for front door delivery? How sweet it is. 

Espresso Flan at Rosa Mexicano 

The Seaport Mexican has plenty of spice on hand - but we're loving the sweet tooth-satisfying "Flan de Rosa." It's vanilla flan infused with espresso, served on a warm ancho chile brownie with Mexican cinnamon and whipped cream. 

Tiramisu at Strega Prime

Tiramisu gets a twist at the Woburn outpost of the Strega restaurant family. Pastry chef Suzanna Bradley soaks ladyfingers in espresso (par for course) but also layers them with a coffee-infused mascarpone cream. Double the java, double the delight. 

Affogato at Via Matta

Speaking of sassy twists, we like what Via Matta does with its affogato, a traditional Italian dessert of ice cream or gelato topped with an espresso shot. Michael Schlow's Back Bay favorite adds Italian liqueur Averna to the mix, creating a cool ice cream-meets-coffee cocktail in the process. Bellissimo!

Affogato at Dante

Along the same delicious lines, Cambridge's Dante does a fine job with affogato, serving it with a double espresso. (They know our caffeine hankering oh-so-well.) Even better: for a small two-dollar add-on, you can douse it in a shot of Frangelico. File under: Improved Perfection. 

Tiramisu at Scampo 

We'd put our ladyfingers in the superior hands of chef Lydia Shire any day. At her whimsical West End Italian in the Liberty Hotel, Shire creates a topnotch tiramisu that uses Tia Maria coffee liqueur and espresso caramel. The result: (lady)finger-licking good. 

Shanghai Mud Pie at Empire

We'd roll in this mud. The Seaport pan-Asian creates an indulgent mud pie with frozen chocolate mousse, drunken espresso cream and caramelized milk. It's designed to share, but good luck getting anyone to agree to forsake a single forkful. 

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