Tuesday, September 29th, 2020


Triple Espresso Brownies

September 29: International Coffee Day

Coffee, coffee and more coffee! This frosted chocolate brownie has three delicious coffee flavorings that coffee lovers are sure to appreciate:

  • Espresso powder (or instant coffee crystals)
  • Espresso-flavored chocolate baking chips
  • Coffee liqueur (or strong coffee)

If espresso-flavored chocolate chips are not available, chocolate covered coffee beans may be substituted. Try triple espresso brownies with a cup of coffee while celebrating International Coffee Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from Midwest Living)

For the brownies

  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder (or instant coffee crystals)
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, unsalted
  • ¾ cup chocolate espresso baking chips (we used Rex Coffee brand) or chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup sugar, granulated white
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Directions

In a saucepan dissolve the espresso powder in water. Add the butter and chocolate espresso chips. Melt over low heat.

Stir until smooth. Add the sugar, beaten eggs and vanilla.

Remove from heat and add the flour, walnuts and salt. Stir everything until smooth.

Line an 8×8-inch square pan with foil with enough overhang “handles” so it is easy to remove the brownies after baking. Lightly grease the bottom and sides of the foil with cooking spray, butter or oil. Spread the brownie batter in the pan. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Meanwhile, make the frosting.

For the frosting

  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon coffee liqueur (we used Kona coffee liqueur; see Notes for substitution)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup chocolate espresso baking chips (we used Rex Coffee brand) or chocolate chips or chopped chocolate covered coffee beans

Directions

In a mixing bowl, cream the butter with powdered sugar. Add the boiling water and mix until smooth. Thin out the frosting to a spreadable consistency by adding the coffee liqueur and vanilla. Spread on the cooled brownies.

Sprinkle the top with chocolate espresso chips. Cut into 16 squares. Store leftovers in tightly covered container for up to five days.

Notes

  • Instead of coffee liqueur, use strong liquid coffee. One teaspoon espresso powder of instant coffee crystals may also be used.
  • We found the chocolate espresso baking chips/morsels from the Walmart baking aisle. They may be ordered from Amazon as well. Rex Coffee and Nestle are two brands that make these products.
  • Get a free PDF cookbook of recipes with more espresso chips.
  • Search our blog for other recipes containing coffee as an ingredient or flavor.

Dalgona (Whipped) Coffee

September 29: International Coffee Day

While many people were shuttered at home during the coronavirus crisis this past spring, social isolation led many to rely on social media. Even though we personally do not use Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, etc., we still had the Internet, TV and “old-fashioned” newspapers to update us on the pandemic. For an upbeat diversion from a depressing situation, we saw a coffee recipe go “viral” from South Korea. They call it “Dalgona coffee” after a popular candy there, but in other countries it is known as whipped coffee or a reversed cappuccino. Since people had more time to whip up the coffee topping during isolation, this recipe was a trendy distraction. We tried whisking it by hand at first but did not have the patience (and Islander suffers from shoulder rotator cuff tendonitis). So we cheated by using our handy mini frother stick. It still took several minutes to get a thicker consistency and caramel color, but we had time to spare to make this “coronavirus-time” coffee recipe. As the world resets and rides out this health situation, we have prayed that “this too shall pass”. Meanwhile, take the time to enjoy and whip up a cup or two of Dalgona coffee on International Coffee Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from Today)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee (we used Kona coffee crystals)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, white granulated
  • 1 tablespoon boiled/hot water
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 cup milk (cow, nut or soy)

Ingredients

In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the coffee, sugar and boiled/hot water.

Mix or whisk for several minutes until the color lightens and the consistency thickens. In a clear coffee mug, combine a few ice cubes and milk of choice. Use a spatula to scrape the coffee topping on top. Serve as is with a long handled spoon to mix. Enjoy cold.

Notes

  • The coffee topping is concentrated so mix it into the iced milk to blend the flavors. It is not so sweet but is a delightful drink.
  • Search our blog for more coffee recipes.

Espresso Bread

September 29 and October 1: National Coffee Day and International Coffee Day

Many people, like Highlander, love the smell of coffee. Its scent triggers a Pavlovian reaction in some to wake up in the morning or remind him to keep awake after lunch at work! Well, we made an espresso bread in our specialty machine (thanks to our friend Karen B. who shared some espresso powder for our baking projects), and our house smelled divine for several hours! It was easy to make, too—just dump all the ingredients in the machine and it does all the mixing, kneading and baking. Serve this espresso bread with more coffee for breakfast or a pick-me-up snack in the afternoon and especially when celebrating National Coffee Day on September 29 and International Coffee Day on October 1!

Recipe

(Adapted from More Electric Bread)

Ingredients

  • ½ cup water, lukewarm
  • 2 cups white bread flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, granulated white
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso/espresso powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt, nonfat (vanilla or coffee flavor)
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon active dry yeast

Directions

In the container of the bread machine, place the water, flour, sugar and salt.

Add the cream, espresso, vanilla and yogurt.

Lastly, add the yeast. Place the well into the bread machine. Set it for regular size loaf and medium crust setting. Press start and allow the machine to knead, rise and bake the bread. When the cycle is done, carefully remove the hot well from the machine. Take the bread out of the well. Allow to cool on a wire rack. Slice and serve fresh or toasted.

Notes

  • This is a soft bread with a crusty exterior and tastes mildly sweet. It is delicious toasted with butter.
  • Thanks to Karen B. for sharing some espresso powder from King Arthur Flour.
  • Search our blog for other coffee-infused recipes.