How to Make a No-Cook Gateau Marie (or Coffee Gateau) Dessert

Updated on July 28, 2018
Coffee Gateau also known as Gateau Marie.
Coffee Gateau also known as Gateau Marie. | Source

This Gateau Marie recipe is so easy to make and involves absolutely no cooking. Simply follow the steps to put the dish together, and then allow it to set for a few hours in the fridge. Do not allow the simplicity of the ingredients to put you off because this is really an amazing dessert.

4.1 stars from 16 ratings of Gateau Marie (Coffee Gateau)

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 4 hours
Ready in: 4 hours 15 min
Yields: An 8 serving gateau

Ingredients

  • 3 packets Tea biscuits (I used Morning Coffee biscuits), or any other semi-sweet, plain biscuits.
  • 3 tins (170grams each) Nestle's cream, or any other pure dairy sterilized cream
  • 2 teaspoons Instant coffee
  • 2 large tablespoons Nutella, or any other chocolate hazelnut spread
  • optional whiskey, just a dash to taste
  • 75grams hazelnuts, chopped
  • 2 squares chocolate, grated shavings
  1. Line a 7 by 9 dish with cling film. (you can use any other similar sized dish).
  2. Cover the base of the dish with a layer of semi sweet tea biscuits.
  3. Fill a mug with hot water, dissolve a teaspoon of instant coffee and add a shot of whiskey to taste. (you can omit the whiskey or use another liquor of your choice.)
  4. Sprinkle the hot coffee over the biscuits until they are wet but not soaked.
  5. In another container, whisk the cream with the chocolate hazelnut spread.
  6. Cover the wet biscuits with a layer of chocolate cream.
  7. Line up another layer of biscuits and repeat steps 4-6 for a few times and finish off with the layer of chocolate.
  8. Sprinkle the top layer with generous amounts of chopped hazelnuts and chocolate shavings.
  9. Cover the dish with cling film or aluminium foil and allow to set in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
  10. When set, use the cling film to help you take it gently out of the dish. Cut into squares and serve cold.
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The ingredientsThe cream and the chocolate hazelnut are placed in a bowl and whisked.The chocolate hazelnut cream all whisked up.The dish is lined with biscuits.Coffee is sprinkled over the biscuits.The layer of chocolate cream is spread thinly over the biscuits.My daughter is sprinkling the top layer with hazelnuts and chocolate shavings.The gateau now needs to set for a few hours.
The ingredients
The ingredients | Source
The cream and the chocolate hazelnut are placed in a bowl and whisked.
The cream and the chocolate hazelnut are placed in a bowl and whisked. | Source
The chocolate hazelnut cream all whisked up.
The chocolate hazelnut cream all whisked up. | Source
The dish is lined with biscuits.
The dish is lined with biscuits. | Source
Coffee is sprinkled over the biscuits.
Coffee is sprinkled over the biscuits. | Source
The layer of chocolate cream is spread thinly over the biscuits.
The layer of chocolate cream is spread thinly over the biscuits. | Source
My daughter is sprinkling the top layer with hazelnuts and chocolate shavings.
My daughter is sprinkling the top layer with hazelnuts and chocolate shavings. | Source
The gateau now needs to set for a few hours.
The gateau now needs to set for a few hours. | Source

This dessert is extremely popular on the island of Malta. I hope you will enjoy it and give it a try too. Please do leave your comments and feedback especially if you tweak this recipe. I do appreciate all suggestions.

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      • kikalina profile imageAUTHOR

        kikalina 

        3 years ago from Europe

        Yes sure go ahead Karl Ruth :)

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        Karl Ruth 

        3 years ago

        Hi, Is it possible to feature this recipe in our fb page/website? Devon/www.cbiscuits.com ? We will obviously mention the source and the chef.

        Thanks

      • kikalina profile imageAUTHOR

        kikalina 

        4 years ago from Europe

        This recipe is a real classic and it sets pretty fast too. Perfect for when you need to whip up something fast!

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        Rebecca Mealey 

        4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

        Sounds wonderful! I'd love a bite right now. Thanks for sharing.

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        Devika Primić 

        4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        This recipe sounds and looks delicious

      • kikalina profile imageAUTHOR

        kikalina 

        4 years ago from Europe

        Thanks for your comments PegCole17. The pictures tend to make it a bit easier to follow instructions so I always try to include as many as I can.

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        Peg Cole 

        4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

        This does look wonderfully tasty and incredibly easy. What a nice presentation of pictures to go along with your detailed instructions.

      • kikalina profile imageAUTHOR

        kikalina 

        4 years ago from Europe

        Thanks for your comments idigwebsites. Let me know what your coffee gateau will turn up like.

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        idigwebsites 

        4 years ago from United States

        I will try this! It's not simple to me... it looks decadent actually. Looks definitely yummy! :)

      • kikalina profile imageAUTHOR

        kikalina 

        4 years ago from Europe

        Thanks for popping by randomcreative. It really is a delicious dessert and impresses the guests :)

      • kikalina profile imageAUTHOR

        kikalina 

        4 years ago from Europe

        Yes kidscraft, it doesn't cook but only sets.

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        Rose Clearfield 

        4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        This dessert looks delicious and so easy! Thanks for sharing.

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        kidscrafts 

        4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

        This dessert looks just delicious! But if I understand well, you don't really cook it but let it set?

      • kikalina profile imageAUTHOR

        kikalina 

        4 years ago from Europe

        Thanks Moon Daisy. You really should try it out. It does taste as amazing as it sounds.

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        Moon Daisy 

        4 years ago from London

        This sounds amazing, all the things that I like are in this cake! Bookmarked and voted up!

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