Café Crème Quebec

When my sister sees this post, she is going to laugh out loud. This is a recipe from our past that my mother made occasionally that we absolutely loved. The requirements for loving this dessert:  1. You must love desserts,  2. You must love coffee, and 3. You must be okay with eating marshmallows.

I’ve photographed the recipe for you below. I’m the one who used a typewriter to type the recipe onto this card ages ago, which wasn’t easy. Does anyone else remember typing!!! Especially on card stock!

Anyway, here it is. If you’ll try it, you’ll see why I had to put the recipe on my blog. It’s like a light fluffy coffee mousse.

Café Crème Quebec
printable recipe below

1 cup strong coffee
26 large marshmallows, quartered
1 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla powder

In a medium pot, heat the coffee to just boiling. It can be decaffeinated if you prefer, but make sure it’s strong and unsweetened. Remove the pot from the heat and add the marshmallows. Stir until they dissolve.

Place the pot in the refrigerator until the mixtures gels, at least 4 hours. Cover if preparing this part the day before finishing and serving.

Whip the cream with the vanilla.

Gradually whip the cream into the gel until smooth. I’ve always whipped the gel first to soften a bit. In fact, it helps to have the gel at room temperature for at least an hour before this step, otherwise the blending process is challenging.

Serve in a pretty bowl, or use individual dishes.

I always like to serve a cookie with this dessert. But I didn’t have any, so chocolate-covered espresso beans it is!

You can top the Café Crème Quebec with whipped cream and chocolate curls if you wish.

Or, some crème fraiche.


By Published On: March 3rd, 202033 Comments on Café Crème Quebec

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!


  1. homecookexplorer February 21, 2020 at 6:27 AM - Reply

    I really appreciate how you so often dig into that rich mine of old family recipes.

    • chef mimi February 21, 2020 at 4:11 PM - Reply

      Aww thank you! I love doing it. And I have a huge pile of them!

  2. sherry February 21, 2020 at 6:58 AM - Reply

    this certainly sounds… unusual, mimi. i do love coffee, but i’m not sure about the marshmallows:)

    • chef mimi February 21, 2020 at 4:11 PM - Reply

      The marshmallows add the sweet, and a great texture. I guess they don’t bother me!

  3. cindy knoke February 21, 2020 at 1:58 PM - Reply

    Looks yummy!

    • chef mimi February 21, 2020 at 4:12 PM - Reply

      Thanks, Cindy!

  4. Jeff the Chef March 3, 2020 at 8:16 AM - Reply

    Do you whip the cream into the gel, or do you fold it in? I want to make this. I often buy marshmallows for campfires (for my nieces and nephews) and wonder what to do with the leftovers.

    • chef mimi March 3, 2020 at 8:32 AM - Reply

      I start with mixing, then fold. It depends if your gel starts out cold and gelatinous, or if you let it warm up a bit first to soften. My sister just told me she only uses 24 marshmallows, not 26. And no vanilla.

  5. Savor the Best-Pat March 3, 2020 at 10:23 AM - Reply

    Love this! It looks like a delicious easy treat. Thanks for sharing!

    • chef mimi March 3, 2020 at 3:01 PM - Reply

      You are so welcome!

  6. sippitysup March 3, 2020 at 5:42 PM - Reply

    I could see how this would be a bog hit at a dinner party. Elegant yet simple… GREG

    • chef mimi March 3, 2020 at 5:43 PM - Reply

      Thanks. And just as good as a mousse, but made a little differently!

  7. Tandy | Lavender and Lime March 4, 2020 at 12:13 AM - Reply

    I am inspired to make this again as my photographs do not do the recipe as much justice as yours do :)

    • chef mimi March 4, 2020 at 8:13 AM - Reply

      You made it?!!

  8. David @ Spiced March 4, 2020 at 6:33 AM - Reply

    This sounds like my kind of dessert, Mimi! I love coffee-flavored desserts, and this recipe sounds fantastic…and easy. But I’m curious – where does the ‘Quebec’ part of the title come in??

    • chef mimi March 4, 2020 at 8:16 AM - Reply

      I have no idea where that came from. I can’t even remember how my mother discovered the recipe, and she doesn’t remember. Very weird, but it is good!

  9. kitchenriffs March 4, 2020 at 9:36 AM - Reply

    Such an interesting recipe! Rather different, and it sounds incredibly tasty. Thanks!

    • chef mimi March 4, 2020 at 10:33 AM - Reply

      I know! I’ve not seen anything like it. But it’s terrific.

  10. Linger March 4, 2020 at 11:32 AM - Reply

    I love all three of those above requirements, so this recipe sounds like a party to my tastebuds. Handed-down family recipes are the utmost best – tried and true. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • chef mimi March 4, 2020 at 11:34 AM - Reply

      You are so welcome! My sister says she only uses 24 marshmallows. But I don’t like oversweet, and I thought it is great as written. Especially with some whipped cream!

  11. Healthy World Cuisine March 5, 2020 at 2:36 PM - Reply

    Only 4 ingredients for something this delicious and decadent. We must try. Those oldie but goodie recipes are always the best. I guess the only hard part of this recipe is having to wait until you can eat it! Hope you are doing well. Take Care

    • chef mimi March 5, 2020 at 5:15 PM - Reply

      Thanks! I wish I knew more about this recipe…

  12. Katherine | Love In My Oven March 5, 2020 at 3:55 PM - Reply

    Who wouldn’t be ok with eating marshmallows!? This is nice that it has so few ingredients. My kids would definitely be a big fan of these!!

    • chef mimi March 5, 2020 at 5:15 PM - Reply

      My husband for one, since he knows what they’re made from silly boy.

  13. thatskinnychickcanbake March 5, 2020 at 5:53 PM - Reply

    Sounds like the same concept as my grasshopper pie, except with marshmallow cream, creme de menthe and whipped cream. I know I’d love this dessert, too!

    • chef mimi March 5, 2020 at 6:06 PM - Reply

      Oh yum. I’d forgotten about marshmallow creme!

  14. Eva Taylor March 8, 2020 at 12:43 AM - Reply

    I do indeed remember the recipe cards, I still have my little wooden box of typed cards! I started the blog to hold all my favourite recipes, to have access anywhere in the world should the desire to cook comes up. But there was something very precious about the cards.
    This is a lovely, retro recipe. The marshmallows are a creative ingredient. Need to bookmark for coffee-loving friends.
    PS, your blog does not transfer to my iPhone very well. In WordPress, it’s just a toggle to make it smart phone friendly, not sure about blogger but they most likely have it as other blogger blogs come out OK. Thanks

    • chef mimi March 8, 2020 at 7:35 AM - Reply

      Hmmm, I’ll have to check on that. I’ve certainly noticed that the format is different but I assumed it was simply the size and shape differences. Thanks for telling me. Anyone who loves good coffee will love this dessert!

  15. March 8, 2020 at 5:21 AM - Reply

    My mum used to have a typewriter, so yes I remember typing on it! What a lovely easy dessert Mimi! Now who doesn’t love a coffee dessert?

    • chef mimi March 8, 2020 at 7:36 AM - Reply

      I wonder if my kids know what a typewriter is? They were born in 83 and 86 and have kind of seen all of the major technological changes occur! The dessert is fabulous. It does help to love coffee!

  16. cookingontheweekends March 9, 2020 at 3:07 PM - Reply

    I pass all three requirements. Especially the coffee part. My favorite desserts are made with coffee. Love the simplicity of this one. I can practically taste it! :-) ~Valentina

    • chef mimi March 9, 2020 at 4:52 PM - Reply

      It’s really good! Not quite a texture like a mousse, but still creamy and lovely!

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