Bolo de bolacha marie is a dense cake which is not baked. It can be prepared a couple of days ahead. My dad loved his bolacha marie and cream crackers biscuits. We always had it at our home. My titi (my mom’s older sister) would make this cake for my sister’s birthday quite often when we were small kids. Once I started to cook I used to make it for Christmas, Easter and birthday parties. In fact it was the first dessert I made for my husband on his first trip back home from the US before we got married🙂 This dessert holds a lot of good old memories for me. I haven’t made it for a very long time.
The origin of this recipe is definitely portuguese and has some likeness to Italian tiramisu. Unlike tiramisu you cannot over eat this cake because of high fat and caffeine. If you do, it makes you feel uncomfortable. I have made a few tweaks in the recipe to make the frosting light and skipped the raw egg for whipped cream. I have also used graham crackers instead of Marie biscuits as it is readily available in the groceries store. The only challenge is that graham crackers tend to fall apart even after a quick dip in black coffee compared to the marie biscuits.
Serving Size: 3-4
Dish Size: 6x4x2.5 deep glass dish
1.5 pack of graham crackers
1 cup of unsalted room temperature butter
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream or 1 egg
1/3-1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp of vanilla essence
1 cup lukewarm water
1 tbsp of instant caffeinated or non coffee powder
1/8 tsp of salt
Make the frosting first by adding the butter, sugar,salt,vanilla and heavy cream. Whip for about 7-10 minute till light and fluffy.
Next make the black coffee by mixing instant coffee with 1 cup water put in a shallow dish so it will be easier to dip the cracker in.
Take you glass dish and first start by dipping the cracker in the coffee and layering the dish to cover it.
Next add a layer of frosting alternate between the crackers and frosting till all the frosting is done.
Decorate with crushed nut or sprinkle the top with some cocoa powder.
Let refrigerate for 3-4 hours before enjoying a slice.
Note: You can add cocoa powder to make chocolate frosting