Café liégeois

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Café liégeois
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Alternative namesCafé viennois
Main ingredientsCoffee, coffee ice cream, chantilly cream
VariationsChocolat liégeois, with chocolate ice cream
Café Liégeois in Italy.

Café liégeois is a Belgian cold dessert made from lightly sweetened coffee, coffee flavoured ice cream and chantilly cream.

Refrigerate a large glass filled with the required amount of sweetened coffee, and add the ice cream and chantilly just prior to serving. Often crushed roasted coffee beans are put on top of the chantilly as decoration.


Contrary to its name, the café liégeois dessert did not originate in or around Liège, Belgium. It was originally known in France as a café viennois (French for "Viennese coffee").[1] However, during World War I, the Battle of Liège took place, which lasted much longer than the German army had anticipated it would, caused a delay in German advances towards France in 1914, allowing the French to reorganize better. In order to honor the city of Liège for its resistance, and because the city was shelled with guns from Austria (an ally of the invading Germany during the war), Paris' cafés started renaming the dessert from café viennois to café liégeois. In Liège itself, the dessert continued to be known as café viennois for a while.[citation needed] and in Swiss French it remains only known as café viennois.


The café liégeois generally consists of two scoops of coffee ice cream and one scoop of vanilla ice cream, together with chantilly cream and coffee. Another version of the café liégeois is known as the "chocolat liégeois". In this version the coffee ice-cream is replaced by chocolate ice-cream.

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  1. ^ "Café liégeois with Homemade Coffee Ice Cream ~ a coffee and chocolate dessert". Diplomatickitchen. 23 September 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2015.