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This delicious, no baking needed Portuguese Maria biscuits and coffee tart (tarte de bolacha maria e café) makes a great dessert.
Portuguese Maria Biscuit & Coffee Tart Recipe
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Portuguese Maria Biscuit & Coffee Tart Recipe

Portuguese Maria Biscuit & Coffee Tart Recipe

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Base:1/2 lb of maria biscuits1/2 cup of butterFilling:2 cups of 35% whipping cream1 and 1/4 cups of condensed milk10 sheets of gelatin1 teaspoon of vanilla extract1 tablespoon of instant coffee powder1 cup of espresso coffeeCoffee beans (to garnish)
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    1. Chop the maria biscuits into a fine grind and add the melted butter.
    2. Knead well and place it on the bottom of a 22 cm diameter pie pan lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
    3. Dissolve the instant coffee powder in the hot espresso and let it cooldown.
    4. Whisk the cream firmly, add the gelatin soaked in cold water and melted in the microwave, always beating.
    5. Add the condensed milk, the vanilla extract and wrap well. 
    6. Add the cold coffee and mix very well.
    7. Pour it into the pan with the biscuit base and refrigerate overnight.
    8. At the time of serving, unmold from the pan, eliminating the parchment paper and cover it with grated biscuits and garnish it with coffee beans.
    Recipe & Photo Credit: blog.giallozafferano *

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