Gateau Marie has always been one of my favorite desserts. It’s pretty simple, lasts a while if not eaten straight away, and tastes absolutely delicious.
You will need:
3 tablespoons instant coffee
2 packets of Morning Coffee or Marie biscuits
For the cream:
6oz Icing sugar
2 tablespoons Cocoa powder
2 tins Nestle cream
1 packet of Margarine
1 teaspoon Vanilla essence
Start with the cream. Soften the margarine in the microwave for a few seconds. Mix in the icing sugar slowly, and gradually add the other ingredients.
Once you have a smooth, creamy mixture, beat with an electric whisk or LOTS of elbow grease until you have a light, fluffy mixture. Place in the fridge and allow to cool.
When the cream has cooled a little, it is time to start the layering. Make up some VERY strong coffee – 3 tablespoons of instant coffee in a mug. Dissolve, pour into a bowl, and add a generous splash of cognac. Allow to cool.
Now line a bowl with some cling film.
Dip the biscuits in the coffee very briefly, and place in the bowl. Be careful not to soak the biscuits too much as they will just fall apart. Make an even layer of biscuits. Put aside a couple of tablespoons of cream in a separate container, then cover the biscuits with a thin layer of cream, and start again. Keep building up layers of coffee-soaked biscuits and cream, until you run out of ingredients or you reach the rim of the bowl.
Place in the fridge for an hour or two. The last step is to flip the bowl over. This should be fairly easy with the help of the cling film. Peel this away, and use the last remaining bit of cream to decorate the finished product.