Mocha Teacup Parfaits are a satisfying homemade dessert which looks extra fancy when served in dainty teacups.
2 cups Pastry Cream
1 tablespoon Medaglia D’Oro instant espresso powder or instant coffee powder
2/3 cup Simple Chocolate Ganache
3-1/2 cups Whipped Cream
30 ladyfinger cookies, broken into large pieces
1-1/4 cups whole or chopped toasted almonds
Garnish: shaved chocolate curls (optional)
While Pastry Cream is still warm, stir in powdered espresso or instant coffee. Cool with plastic wrap pressed against entire surface of cream. Warm ganache in microwave, or in small saucepan over low heat, until loose and liquid. Fold into 3 cups Whipped Cream (leave 1/2 cup cream unflavored). Set aside and chill at least 20 minutes.
Assemble 10 teacups (6- to 8-ounce size). Layer bottom of cups with 2 tablespoons coffee-flavored Pastry Cream. Add a layer of ladyfinger pieces, then 2 heaping tablespoons nuts. Fill remainder of cup with chocolate Whipped Cream. Serve with a dollop of plain Whipped Cream and a Pecan Puff on the side. The parfaits may be chilled for up to 24 hours before serving.