Earl Grey Truffles with Orange & Lavender

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 by

truffles

Homemade valentines might bring doilies and glue sticks to mind, but this classy upgrade is almost as easy as the elementary school version. Chocolate truffles are essentially ganache nuggets dusted with cocoa powder. Ganache is incredibly easy to make and dangerous to have in the fridge. This recipe makes a dozen (good sized) truffles, but you might want to double it in case you find yourself “testing” that ganache more than a few times as it cools. We used just enough of our Earl Grey Zephyr loose leaf tea, featuring real oil of bergamot, orange peel, and lavender, to subtly flavor the chocolate. Use more tea to further emphasize the flavor, or try it with our Lady Earl White or Royal Earl Grey Chai.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons Earl Grey Zephyr loose leaf tea
  • 6 oz. fine-quality dark chocolate (we used 70% cacao)
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions

Bring cream and butter to a boil in a saucepan and remove from heat. Stir in tea leaves and let steep 5 minutes. While the tea is steeping, finely grind chocolate in a food processor and transfer to a bowl. Pour the cream mixture through a fine-mesh sieve onto the chocolate, discarding the tea leaves. Whisk until smooth. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours.

To shape the truffles, spoon even scoops of ganache onto a baking sheet. A melon baller or ice cream scoop can help create rounded, even scoops. Make sure your hands are cold (running them under cold water or holding a piece of ice first helps). Dry and roll each piece of ganache into a ball. Keep the rolling to a minimum to prevent the chocolate from softening. They don’t have to be perfectly round; after all, they’re homemade! Drop several balls at a time into bowl of cocoa powder and turn to coat. Transfer to an airtight container, separating layers with wax paper. Store for up to two weeks in the fridge, dusting lightly with more cocoa before serving if needed.

 

Peppermint Bark Recipe

Friday, December 11th, 2015 by

Love our new Peppermint Bark coffee? The candy is fun to make, especially the part when you take out your holiday stress on a bag of mints. Working with melted chocolate can be a little tricky, which is why we like this recipe adapted from Jessica In The Kitchen. The addition of coconut oil helps the chocolate behave nicely. Seizing can be an issue when adding peppermint extract to melted white chocolate, but follow this recipe and you won’t have to find out what that means. Give it as gifts, serve it to guests, eat it all by yourself with a cup of coffee. ‘Tis the season.

Ingredients

8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
8 ounces white chocolate chips
1 teaspoon coconut oil
3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2 cup Starlight Mints, crushed

Directions

  • Line an 8-inch baking dish with foil.
  • Microwave the semi-sweet chocolate chips and ¼ teaspoon coconut oil together in a bowl for 1 minute. Remove and stir. The chips should melt with stirring but if not, microwave in 15 second increments until melted. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract into the chocolate and stir again.
  • Pour the chocolate mixture into the bottom of the baking dish and spread to cover. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes to set temporarily.
  • After 15 minutes have passed, Melt the white chocolate and the  remaining coconut oil for 1 minute in the microwave. Remove and stir. Microwave for another 15 seconds if not melted, then stir again. Stir in the remaining peppermint extract. Remove the baking dish from the freezer and pour the white chocolate mixture over the solidified semi-sweet chocolate in the baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with the crushed mints and place in the fridge.
  • Break apart into pieces once the bark has set and store in the fridge.
    Store in the refrigerator.

Peppermint Bark Coupon

 

 

No-Churn Coffee Fudge Ice Cream

Friday, August 21st, 2015 by

Having mastered super-simple Vietnamese Iced Coffee Pops, we decided to try another lazy, low-tech frozen dessert: no-churn ice cream. This one might be slightly more lazy, given that an appliance does most of the work and the freezing happens in one step, not two.

No churn ice cream

Inspired by The Kitchn’s easy recipe for no-churn, 2-ingredient vanilla, we decided to try a coffee version, swirling fudge into the mixture before letting it set. It took minutes to make the ice cream base and the possible variations are endless. Tea, spices, or even herbs would make interesting flavoring alternatives, and mix in anything you like for texture.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup cold, dark roast brewed coffee (we used Medium Roast Espresso)
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups cold heavy cream
  • Hot fudge (well, warm fudge)

Instructions

  1. Pour the sweetened condensed milk into a large bowl and whisk in the cold coffee (or other flavoring), set aside.
  2. Whip the heavy cream until peaks form. We used a hand mixer on medium-high.
  3. Add whipped cream to the condensed milk mixture and blend by hand or on the low setting until combined.
  4. Blend again on medium until the mixture is just thickened.
  5. Pour mixture into a freezer-safe container (we used a standard size loaf pan) and cover with wax paper.
  6. Freeze overnight or until firm and enjoy!

 

Smoked Coffee Barbecue Sauce

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 by

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If you haven’t tried smoked coffee yet, here’s another reason: it’s fun to cook with. Available during the warmer months of the year, our smoked coffee is wood-smoked in an actual smokehouse and tastes exactly like campfire coffee tastes in your dreams (minus the overcooked bitterness and mouthful of grounds). Coffee is a great way to add complexity to recipes, and the smokiness  complements more robust flavors, perfect for meats as a rub or marinade, or as an addition to chili.

This recipe uses our standard Smoked Coffee blend, although we also offer French Roast Smoked Coffee if you prefer the flavor of a dark roast, as well as Maple Bacon and Vanilla Bourbon Smoked Coffee. The result is sweet, tangy, smoky, with a subtle spiciness from the ginger. If you like heat, kick it up a notch with some cayenne or finely chopped chili peppers.

What you will need

1 cup ketchup

1/2 cup brewed smoked coffee (strong)

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon molasses

1 teaspoon grated ginger 

1/2 ounce dark (70%) chocolate

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

In a medium saucepan, combine ketchup, coffee, Worcestershire sauce, molasses, and ginger and bring to a low simmer, stirring occasionally, over medium heat. Lower the heat and stir in the chocolate and smoked paprika until chocolate is melted, then let simmer over very low heat, stirring occasionally, until flavors have mellowed and melded, 5-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Recipe adapted from Serious Eats.

Behind the Flavor: Black Forest Cake

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 by

Black Forest Splash

We unveiled a new flavor this month: Black Forest Cake, inspired by this delicious rustic version the traditional German dessert. While we feel Black Forest Cake coffee does the flavor justice, we did eat the cake pictured above in the name of research and feel slightly guilty that we didn’t share. So, here’s the recipe, adapted loosely from Butter and Brioche, baked by our shipping supervisor Lori.
While kirsch liqueur is traditionally used in the cherry topping, we skipped that step with store-bought cherry pie filling, but gave it a hillbilly twist, adding moonshine-soaked cherries on top. Consider it the rural New Jersey version.

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Ingredients
For the cake (three layers):
  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup + 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1-1/3 cup sour cream (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup + 3 tbsp boiling water
For the frosting:
  • 17.5 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 6-8 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 2/3 cup + 3 tablespoons cup heavy whipping cream
For the cherries:
Directions
Bake the cake:
  1. Heat an oven to 350 F. Grease and line three 7 inch cake pans.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, soda and salt. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the sugar, eggs, sour cream, butter and hot water. Stir gently until the batter is uniform and smooth.
  4. Divide between the three prepared cake pans.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes then let the cakes cool in their pans for 10 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack. Let the cakes cool completely before leveling any domed tops and assembling.
Whip the cream:
  1. Beat the mascarpone and confectioners’ sugar until creamy. Add the cream and whip until thickened and spreadable, being carefully not to over whip and split the mixture.
Put it all together:
  1. Place the first cake layer on a serving platter. Spread a thick layer of the mascarpone cream frosting on-top. Place cherry topping over the frosting and gently press in to indent.
  2. Place the second cake layer over the first and repeat the layering process as before.
  3. Top with the third cake layer. Decorate with a generous amount of cherry filling, adding some moonshine cherries (recommended) to the mix. Refrigerator before serving.