Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Majolica Christmas And How To Make New Orleans Cafe Brulot

This is a reprint from last year for my friends at Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Hope you enjoy it the second time around.

From Visual Vamp December 7, 2008:

The colorful Majolica in my kitchen always looks festive, and this year I put the little kitchen tree in my favorite pitcher.I'm kind of corny in that I spread a little Christmas decor around the house. And even more corny in the kitchen where I have fruit ornaments on a vintage feather style tree.
The stockings are kind of corny too. My dear friend Miss Anne made two of them, and gave me the third. I can never part with them for more sophisticated ones. I fill them with little toys and English crackers. I strung the fruit garland years ago.
This is last year's version.
I have decluttered the mantle quite a bit this year, and also cleared and painted the second wall filled with majolica and the rooster plaques. The chairs also got recovered.
I'll get out the antique Limoges plates with the crawfish on them, and the Cafe Brulot cups too, to set the table for Christmas breakfast.

Cafe Brulot


  • 1 orange peel, cut into 1 by 1/8-inch strips, plus 1 orange, peel cut into 1 long, intact spiral
  • 1 lemon peel, cut into 1 by 1/8-inch strips
  • 4 sugar cubes
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 (2-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup orange flavored liqueur
  • 2 cups hot, freshly brewed, strong black coffee


Light the burner under a brulot bowl or chafing dish and adjust the flame to low. Into the bowl place the orange and lemon peels, sugar, cloves, cinnamon stick and orange liqueur. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly with a long-handled ladle, to dissolve the sugar and warm the ingredients.

When the mixture is warm, stir in the hot coffee, and ignite with a match.

Quickly, while the mixture is still flaming, hold the spiraled orange peel with the prongs of a fork over the bowl, and ladle the flaming coffee mixture down the peel several times into the bowl for a spectacular presentation.

Ladle the Cafe Brulot into brulot or demi-tasse cups, being careful to leave the flavorings (peels, cloves, cinnamon) in the bowl. Serve immediately while hot.

The coffee is prepared in and served from a special decorative bowl positioned over a flame, and the finale consists of the flaming coffee being ladled down a long spiral of orange peel back into the bowl. A Brulot ladle is specially designed with a small strainer at the end so that the bits of peel, cloves and cinnamon do not get served to guests. The finished beverage is served in tall, thin, footed mugs, often decorated with a full-length portrait of the devil, reference to the drink's other name, "Cafe Diabolique" or "Devil's Coffee," perhaps so named for the punch it packs!

My Brulot Pot and Ladle and Cups

Stop by and I'll make you a cup!


Lana K. W. Austin said...

Okay, that does it...I'm comin' on down. This is totally fab. And I'm still all a quiver from your HG/Tiffany's tree. I decorated my eldest daughter's room with that motif. But your tree? So perfectly delicious!!! I honestly haven't gotten it out of my head and meant to comment on it earlier...but, alas, life is zanier than normal here.
You are truly an amazing divergent thinker.
So, how long will it take me to drive down there from Huntsville?
Hugs, Lana

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Ahhh, Ma dear. I will love to stop by for some famous cafe brulot...and bask in your famous company!

Your kitchen looks beautiful...have a WONDERFUL Christmas! xoxo

vicki archer said...

I wish you a very happy Christmas Valorie....may all your wishes come true, xv.

Renae said...

I am on my way Dear!

Actually I truly may be down soon...looks like DH will be doing business on the Gulf very soon.

I love your decorating and would love some of the very special cafe brulo.

Have the merriest!

Renae said...

I am on my way Dear!

Actually I truly may be down soon...looks like DH will be doing business on the Gulf very soon.

I love your decorating and would love some of the very special cafe brulo.

Have the merriest!

New Orleans Ladder said...

Oh Mam! We love Da'Vamp!
So far ahead of the curve, or wave... or whateva.
Y'all remind me of when I drank a bottle of Mad Dog 20/20 and walked 81 Blocks up St Charles Ave from Bourbon on Lundi Gras Night during the Police Strike of '79. Really... it was something Beautiful to behold...really.

And a Happy Who'dat Christmas to You too!
Have y'all heard Spud McConnel's Family's "Carol of the Who'dats" over at wwl radio site?

Thanks youz,
Editilla~New Orleans Ladder

my favorite and my best said...

it looks so bright and merry and happy. and i'll bet it smells good too. happy christmas to you 3!

NYCLQ said...

LUV IT!!! So colorful, fun and festive!!! Merrie Christmas!! ThX for stopping by!!

:D Lynda

VictoriaArt said...

Delish! happy holidays my dear Valorie! To you and your darling husband!
Kisses from me to you!

angelo said...

Merry Christmas! It looks gorgeous AND so delicious.


Gwen Driscoll said...


Merry, Merry Christmas. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. Happy New Year!


sanjeet said...

love your decorating and would love some of the very special cafe .Merry Christmas.