Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins
One of the most extravagant and luxurious ways to end an elegant meal is to serve Café Brulot in delicate demitasse cups. This delicious spiced beverage was created by the master French chef, Brillat-Savarin, who combined steaming black coffee, sugar, spices, orange and lemon peel and cognac, which he ignited before presenting it to the guests being served. You may add to the drama by dimming the lights before igniting the brandy so the flaming liquid may be more easily seen.
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 thinly peeled small orange, rind of
- 1 vanilla pod or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 1⁄2 cups brandy
- 6 cups piping hot black coffee
- Place the sugar, orange rind and vanilla pod in a heatproof bowl and bruise the rind with a wooden spoon. Pour the brandy into a small saucepan, then place over low heat until heated through. Pour over the sugar mixture, then ignite and stir constantly for 30 seconds. Extinguish the flames with the hot coffee, then remove the orange rind and vanilla pod. Serve in coffee cups. Do not serve with cream or additional sugar. This makes about 20 demitasse cups.
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