Coffee Shop Custard


A spoonful of instant espresso powder perks up this coffee dessert recipe to perfectly buzzy territory. Top the coffee custards with whipped cream and cinnamon just before serving.

Coffee Shop Custard
Photo: Jason Walsmith
Prep Time:
20 mins
Stand Time:
5 mins
Chill Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 40 mins


  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin

  • 2 cup fat-free milk

  • 3 egg yolks

  • cup sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 ½ teaspoon instant espresso coffee powder

  • Frozen light whipped dessert topping, thawed (optional)

  • Ground cinnamon (optional)


  1. In a small bowl sprinkle gelatin over 1/4 cup of the milk. Let stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan whisk together egg yolks and sugar. Gradually whisk in remaining 1 3/4 cups milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until just boiling. Remove from heat. Gradually whisk about 1/2 cup of the hot milk mixture into the gelatin mixture. Whisk gelatin mixture into remaining milk mixture in saucepan. Place saucepan in a large bowl of ice water. Stir in vanilla. Stir for a few minutes to cool the custard mixture. Transfer 1/2 cup of the custard mixture to a small bowl; stir in espresso powder until dissolved. Cover and set espresso mixture aside.

  2. Pour the remaining custard mixture into four 6-ounce individual dishes, custard cups, or glasses. Cover dishes; chill for 15 to 20 minutes. Drizzle the espresso mixture over the custard mixture in dishes. Using a thin metal spatula, lightly swirl the espresso mixture into the top of the custard.* Cover dishes loosely and chill for at least 4 hours or until set. If desired, top with a little whipped dessert topping and sprinkle with cinnamon.


If bottom mixture is too firm to swirl, just drizzle coffee mixture over top of custard and spread to cover the top.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

177 Calories
3g Fat
24g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 177
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 160mg 53%
Sodium 72mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 12g
Calcium 171.6mg 13%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 233mg 5%
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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