Holiday Spiced Coffee

This is a Holiday Spiced Coffee topped with cream and sprinkles of cinnamon and cocoa.

 

Ingredients

½ cup heavy cream

¼ cup coffee beans

10 crushed cardamom pods

2 star anise

½ quart water

1/3 cup powered sugar

½ cup Kahlua

1/3 brown sugar

1 tbs sweetened cocoa

1 tsp cinnamon powered

Serves 6

Instructions:

Chill the whipping cream, the mixer bowl and the wire mixer attachment.

Mix coffee beans, cardamom, star anise and water in a one-quart pot. Simmer on low until liquid reduces by half.

Whisk the cream with wire attachment on medium to high speed until forms soft peaks, this should take about 1.5 minutes. Add sugar and whisk until forms firm peaks, 2-3 minutes.

Filter coffee to separate the solids. Next mix with the Kahlua and brown sugar. Split equally into 6 cups. Top with of cream. Sprinkle with cinnamon and  cocoa.

 

 

Healthier Peppermint Mocha Coffee

Here is a healthier option for a popular and delicious winter themed coffee drink, the Peppermint Mocha Recipe.

 

Ingredients

Depending on mug size, 3-4 cups of your milk of choice

¾ cup of coconut sugar

4tbs unsweetened cocoa powder

4 shots of espresso or about 6 oz

1 tsp peppermint extract

 

Serves Two

Prep Your Milk: In a medium or small saucepan, over medium heat, warm the milk, cocoa powder, and coconut sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Turn off heat. Add peppermint extract and combine by stirring.

Brew Coffee: Brew espresso by whatever method you have available.

Create the Drinks: Froth the peppermint mocha milk created above until it gets a nice foam. Add espresso and pour frothed milk overtop.

 

 

Dirty Chai Latte

Here is another alternative to a pumpkin spice latte. This one is called the Dirty Chai Latte

What you’ll need:

3/4 cups of water

1/4 cup unsweetened almond or unsweetened coconut milk

2 pieces thinly sliced ginger

1 cinnamon stick or a dash of ground cinnamon

1 dash ground cardamom

1 dash fresh ground black pepper

1 dash ground fennel

1 bag chai tea

1 shot of brewed espresso

1 tsp honey

Combine and heat water and almond milk in a small saucepan over medium to high heat. Just was the mixture begins to boil add ginger, cinnamon, pepper, cardamom and fennel. Once the mixture boils remove from the heat. Add the tea bag and let steep for 2 minutes. Pour the mixture into a mug and add freshly brewed espresso and honey, make sure to mix them well. Enjoy immediately!

 

 

Alternative to Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice flavored, well, anything has become so ubiquitous with fall the flavor has become the butt of jokes and memes all over social media and pop culture. For some of us, we simply want to try something different however we feel about pumpkin spice coffee drinks.

This one will take a little more effort as it requires a homemade, flavored simple syrup. But don’t fret! Flavor infused simple syrups are easy to make and are easy to adjust to yield as little as about 8ozs to as much as you want to make at once.

Remember, the fresher your spices the better. Old ingredients may require more spices to get the same flavor. The ingredients you’ll need for this fall flavored simple syrup are as follows:

1 cup of water

1 cup of sugar

4 whole cloves

4 whole black peppercorns

2 cinnamon sticks

1 whole nutmeg nut

1 whole star anise

1 one inch piece of lemon zest

Use a medium sized saucepan and medium heat. Mix the sugar and water. Add all other ingredients to the sugar and water. Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves and you have a relatively clear liquid. Bring the mixture to a slow simmer for approximately 3-4. Remove from stove top and allow to syrup to come down to room temperature. Some strain out just the zest, anise cloves, and peppercorns. Some strain out all the spices. Store in an airtight container. Simple syrups don’t need to be refrigerated, but it will increase the shelf life. If refrigerated let the syrup warm up a bit before using.

For you’re the latte you’ll need the following

1/2 cup of whole milk

1 tbs fall spice simple syrup

1/3 cup freshly brewed espresso

Ground cinnamon

Star anise (garnish)

To make the latte use a saucepan medium to low heat to warm the milk. Use a wire whisk to briskly stir the milk into foam. Pour brewed espresso into mug and mix in the simple syrup. Pour in the milk, hold back the foam with a spoon. Next, spoon the foam over top.

Optional additions are a sprinkle of cinnamon on top or garnishing with a cinnamon stick or star anise.

Obviously, the simple syrup could be added to any “plain” coffee beverage you want to spice up for fall!

 

Ultimate Coffee Cheesecake Recipe

Cheesecake Coffee Cake recipe

3 cups biscuit mix
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup strawberry preserves

Combine biscuit mix, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, milk and butter. Stir vigorously 30 seconds. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead 4 or 5 times. Pat evenly into the bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 9-inch round cake pan; set aside.

Combine cream cheese, eggs, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and vanilla extract. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until smooth. Pour over dough. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand for 10 minutes. Spread preserves over top.

Serve warm.