Brunelleschi’s Caffe Duomo

A rich classic Italian dessert inspired by the dome of Florence Cathedral, brought into the twenty first century with a hint of pre-Hispanic Mexican naughtiness.

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A rich classic Italian dessert inspired by the dome of Florence Cathedral, brought into the twenty first century with a hint of pre-Hispanic Mexican naughtiness.

Ingredients:

75g of chopped and roasted almonds

75g of chopped and roasted hazelnuts

1 cup of espresso coffee

1 shot of Kahlua

250g of Madeira cake (cut into 5mm thick slices to form the 8 sides of the dome)

150g of bitter chocolate (melt half and chop the remaining half into small pieces)

450ml of whipping cream

Serves 8

Instructions

1. Lay the Madeira cake slices into a dome-shaped bowl (approximately 20cm in diameter) according to the designs of Brunelleschi.

2. Mix the coffee and Kahlua and drizzle over the cake slices until moist. You can vary the quantity of coffee and Kahlua to suit your taste.

3. Whip the cream and separate into two equal quantities.

4. In the first batch mix in the chocolate pieces and lay into the bowl with the cake slices.  You can push the cream between the slices of cake which will add some authenticity to the detailing. Leave a hole in the middle for the remainder of the cream mixture.

5. Into the second batch of whipped cream mix the melted chocolate and nuts together.  Place the mixture into the hole left in the middle of the bowl.

6. Cover the bowl with cling-film and leave to cool in the fridge.

7. When ready to serve, remover cling-film and turn the bowl upside down and ease off the perfectly formed Duomo.  You can place the dome onto a scale model of the cathedral that you have created earlier out of carefully colour-matched Lego.