Posts Tagged ‘Coffee’

Skinny Vanilla-Peppermint Mocha Lattes {And a Chocolate Giveaway!}

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Skinny Vanilla-Peppermint Mocha Lattes

Chilly afternoons in December call for festive homemade lattes the way birthdays call for cake.

They just go. (more…)

Frozen Cappuccino

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Frozen Cappuccino

What’s your favorite way to cool down on a hot summer day?

For years when I was younger, swimming was my cool-off method of choice. While we were growing up, my sister and I were such junkies we took swimming in any form we could get it. We loved heading to the town pool (ick, it’s so gross to think about that now!), wading in the creek behind our backyard (double ick!), and heading to our grandparents’ house because they had a pool. (more…)

Toasted Hazelnut Chocolate-Espresso Cookies

Monday, December 16th, 2013

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Mike and I have a friend here in Kuwait who doesn’t like to eat.

I know what you’re thinking. Wait…what?! Explain please, because I just don’t understand.

Yup, it’s true, he doesn’t like to eat, toddler-style. As in, I guess I’ll eat if I have to, but only when I really feel like it, and good luck getting me to try anything new.

Sigh. The challenges I have to face, lol. (more…)

Butternut Butterscotch Latte

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Butternut Butterscotch Latte

I’m sure this happens to you too. Every once in a while I think of an idea that is so simple, so right in front of my eyes, it astounds me that I didn’t think of it sooner.

Like my Stuffed Mushroom Casserole, which I could talk about for an hour nonstop. But I’ll stay focused.

This Butternut Butterscotch Latte is also the perfect example.

You could think of it as the cousin to the Pumpkin Spice Latte…but the cool cousin. The one who moved away to the big city and does raw juice diets three times a year and practices yoga every day. (more…)

Keurig Coffee Maker & K-Cup Coffee Giveaway!

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Keurig OfficePRO Single Cup(small)

(Image above courtesy of Staples.)

Are you a coffee drinker or a tea drinker? Or maybe hot cocoa is more your thing. Whatever you drink that gets you going, it’s likely that you can brew it in a Keurig…I’ve even seen K-Cups for hot spiced cider and iced coffee! (I know, iced coffee. How I love you.) I’ve had a Keurig for about six months and I can tell you that it gets more than its fair share of use; we use it just about every day and sometimes more than once a day. I am absolutely thrilled to be giving away a Keurig! (more…)

Skinny Caramel Macchiato Cookies

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Ladies, this treat is for you.

Because I know that some afternoons just require a little sweet treat to perk things up.  (And afternoon coffee needs a partner, right?  ;) )

On one such afternoon when I was brewing up a pot of French press, I decided to take a peek into my pantry to see what I could nibble on along with my coffee.  As soon as I opened the door, the overwhelming smell of my favorite caramel extract wafted out.  Sadly, it had spilled (no idea how that happened!) but at least it made the entire pantry smell like heaven.  And don’t worry, I had three backup bottles, lol. (more…)

Sea Island Coffee {Giveaway}

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Are you one of those people who can drink coffee any time of day?  Mike likes to joke that I drink coffee instead of warm milk at night to help me sleep…and while that isn’t exactly true, it is true that coffee doesn’t keep me awake.  I joke that it’s because every time he and I visit the Middle East we chug countless pots of Turkish coffee at all hours of the day.  :) (more…)

Seattle’s Best Coffee {Giveaway}

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

We are kindred souls, Dear Reader, you and I.  We both like good food.  No scratch that, great food.  Cooking it, eating it, even just looking at it.  

I’m willing to guess you probably like coffee too…I know I do.  (Or if not, you probably know someone who does?)  It’s one of those things that just make me happy.  Before I even taste it, the smell of it brewing puts a big smile on my face. 

Same with you?  Wonderful!  I thought you might say that.  This giveaway is for you. (more…)

Spiced Coffee Cupcakes

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Turkish coffee is very finely ground coffee that’s brewed in a special pot (traditionally a copper pot with a narrow neck) called an ibrik or cezve.  The finely ground coffee is typically spiced with cardamom before brewing, which gives it a very unique flavor.  Sugar can be added to the coffee (depending on personal preference) but milk is never added.  Once the coffee is brewed it’s poured into small cups called fincans, which are similar to espresso or demitasse cups; the dregs settle to the bottom and are left in the cup when the coffee is drunk.  Turkish coffee is almost magical…it’s smooth and velvety and the different flavor notes of the coffee really come through.  (I won’t say anything else about Turkish coffee…it’s actually fabulous enough to warrant its own post!)

img_4741-smallWhat does Turkish coffee have to do with these cupcakes?  One Sunday morning Mike and I were drinking Turkish coffee and I was wishing for a little something sweet to go with my coffee, and these cute little cupcakes were born.  The flavors in these cupcakes echo the flavors in Turkish coffee, but they would pair well with any kind of coffee.

img_4729-smallI originally wanted to make caramel buttercream to frost these little beauties.  I attempted making Martha Stewart’s recipe for caramel buttercream but it just wasn’t meant to be; somewhere along the way I really massacred the recipe.  When I started to whip the caramel into the buttercream, the caramel hardened right onto the paddle of my mixer…it was not a pretty sight to say the least.  It turned out okay in the end though because these cupcakes are moist enough that they don’t need any frosting.

 

Flavor of Cardamom:  Cardamom has a very complex flavor and strong aroma; the best way I can describe it is that it’s floral and a little sweet with notes of pepper and lemon.

img_4889-smallSpiced Coffee Cupcakes

 

(Yield:  12 cupcakes)

 

1 c white sugar

1 TB molasses

1/2 c canola oil

2 large eggs

1/2 c milk

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 TB good quality Turkish-ground coffee

1 1/3 c flour (all-purpose or whole wheat)

1 1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground allspice

1/8 tsp ground cardamom

Cooking spray

Powdered sugar (optional, to dust the tops)

 

Cupcake baking tray

12 cupcake liners (if using)

 

Preheat the oven to 350F.  Line a cupcake baking tray with 12 liners and lightly spray the inside of each liner with cooking spray.  Beat together the sugar, molasses, oil, eggs, milk, vanilla, and coffee.  In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, allspice, and cardamom.  Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the wet, stirring just enough to combine.  Transfer the batter to the prepared baking tray and bake for about 16-19 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with just a crumb or two.  Dust the tops with powdered sugar if using.

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Turkish Ground Coffee

Turkish Ground Coffee

Cardamom-Spiced Mocha

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Cardamom in coffee might sound strange, but cardamom is typically added to Turkish and/or Arabic coffee.  Cardamom is related to ginger, and it has a eucalyptus-like aroma and a warm flavor similar to cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, but with lemon-citrusy undertones.  Not only does it add a very complex flavor to coffee, but according to The Herb & Spice Companion, there is some evidence suggesting that cardamom reduces the effects of caffeine in coffee.

 

I really like the use of cardamom in mocha because all of its flavor complexities pair well with the various flavor notes in the cocoa powder.  And it’s even better when complimented with a square of your favorite dark chocolate.  ;)

 

I’m going to send this recipe to Nutmeg Nanny for this week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient…coffee! 

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Cardamom-Spiced Mocha

 

(Yield:  2 servings)

 

2 c hot water

3 – 5 TB medium-coarse ground coffee (depending on taste)

1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp brown sugar or turbinado sugar

2 cardamom pods

Splash of milk (optional)

 

Bring the water up to a boil; shut off the heat and let the water cool for 3 minutes.  The cardamom pods can be lightly crushed (using a mortar and pestle or the flat side of a large knife – similar to crushing garlic) or ground (using a coffee grinder, blender, etc.); grinding them will give the mocha a more intense cardamom flavor. 

 

Add the coffee to a French press and once the water cools, bloom the coffee grounds by adding just enough water to cover the coffee.  Now add the rest of the water, along with the cocoa, sugar, and cardamom, and stir 5 times. 

 

Place the plunger on top of the French press so that the coffee stays hot, but do not press the plunger down; let the coffee brew like this for 3 – 5 minutes.  Slowly push the plunger down.  Serve the mocha with a splash of milk if desired.

 

Crushed Cardamom Pods

Crushed Cardamom Pods

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Hello! I’m Faith and I write An Edible Mosaic. This is my recipe collection of international favorites and updated American classics, with an emphasis on seasonal dishes. I focus on real foods that sustain body and mind, bring people together, and make a house a home. Welcome to my mosaic of recipes.

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