Coffee Dessert

My notes from this hand written recipe said it was a very very old recipe from the upper East Coast.  I've not made this one yet, but it's from my collection of old recipes.  Have you tried it?  If so, what did you think?

Coffee Dessert

1 1/2 cups cold coffee
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup whole milk or half-and-half
1 package plain gelatin
2 eggs, separated
1 tsp. vanilla

Soften the gelatin for 10 minutes in the milk. Dissolve the sugar in the coffee and whisk in the beaten egg yolks. In a saucepan, bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly. Remove from the heat and whisk in the gelatin-milk mixture. Return to medium-low heat and whisk for two minutes more. Cool the mixture to room temperature. Beat the egg white with vanilla til it holds stiff glossy peaks. Fold gently and thoroughly into the coffee mixture. Pour into little molds or dessert dishes and chill. There will be a thin clear dark-coffee layer on the bottom, then a creamy cafe-au-lait layer, then a fluffy top. Very refreshing on a hot day. Good with a dusting of cocoa powder on top.Print Friendly and PDF