Posts Tagged ‘Coffee’

Cheesecake of the Month – July 2017!

July 15, 2017

Last month, a recipe was circulating around facebook (courtesy of Lindsay and her Life, Love and Sugar blog) that I can’t wait to try . . .

Kahlua Coffee Brownie Cheesecake

The bottom crust is basically a brownie onto which you put the kahlua-coffee cheesecake batter and then top the cheesecake with a heavenly ganache and garnish with kahlua-flavored whipped cream.  Yum!

Here’s the recipe.

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Cheesecake of the Month — February 2016!

February 15, 2016

Do you like coffee?  Do you like chocolate?  Then you will love this super simple cheesecake.

Layered Mocha Cheesecake

Crust
1-1/2 cups Oreo cookie crumbs
1/4 cup of butter, melted
Filling
2 Tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
1 Tablespoon hot water
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 packages (8-ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups of sugar
1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups (12-ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
Glaze
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3 Tablespoons of butter
Chocolate-covered coffee beans (optional)

Directions
1.  Wrap a greased 9-inch springform pan in heavy-duty foil.

2.  In a small bowl, mix the cookie crumbs and butter; press onto the bottom of the pan.  In another bowl mix the coffee granules, hot water, and cinnamon and set aside.

3.  In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, flour, and vanilla until smooth.  Add the eggs and beat on low speed just until combined.

4.  Divide the batter in half.  Stir the melted chocolate into one portion and pour over the crust.  Stir the coffee mixture into the remaining batter and spoon over the chocolate layer.  Place the springform pan in a large baking pan and add one inch of hot water to the larger pan.

5.  Bake at 325 degrees for 60-65 minutes or until the center is just set and the top appears dull.  Remove the springform pan from the water bath and remove the foil.  Cool the cheesecake on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Loosen the sides of the pan and cool one hour longer.  Refrigerate overnight.

6.  Remove from the pan and prepare the glaze: in a microwave, melt chocolate chips and butter and stir until smooth.  Spread over the top of the cheesecake.  Top with coffee beans (if desired).

Java-holics!

April 14, 2014

So, which cities “rule” when it comes to their coffee?  Where do the coffee addicts reside?  With all of the hype that it gets, one would expect Seattle to be at the top of this list, but alas, it was not (though it was still in the top ten).  Men’s Health magazine has compiled the rankings in this month’s metrogrades . . . their methodology included: percentage of households that own coffeemakers and buy coffee, household average spent on coffee, coffee shops per capita (SimplyMap), and the percentage of people who drink coffee and who drink five-plus cups per day (Experian Marketing Services).  Do you know when you get the most benefit from your coffee?

  • The Caffeine enters your bloodstream from your small intestine within the first 10 minutes.
  • The effect of caffeine on your alertness peaks within 30-45 minutes.
  • Your liver has metabolized about half the caffeine and your buzz has faded after 4-6 hours.

And now, the rankings:

Coffee Addicts:
1. Portland, ME
2. Manchester, NH
3. Burlington, VT
4. Portland, OR
5. Albuquerque, NM
6. Colorado Springs, CO
7. Reno, NV
8. San Francisco, CA
9. Seattle, WA
10. Corpus Christi, TX

Coffee Lightweights:
91. Houston, TX
92. Kansas City, MO
93. Milwaukee, WI
94. Baton Rouge, LA
95. Dallas, TX
96. Birmingham, AL
97. Burham, NC
98. Memphis, TN
99. Fort Worth, TX
100. Jackson, MS

Source: Men’s Health magazine (www.menshealth.com/metrogrades), May 2014, Alexis Wnuk.

Cheesecake of the Month – September 2011!

September 14, 2011

Here is the latest cheesecake that’s been added to my repertoire!  I was forced to “tweak” this recipe a bit (I could not find hazelnuts this time of year and I added mini chocolate chips to the filling), but the end result was still delicious (especially if you enjoy coffee)!  And as soon as I finish writing this post, I’m heading out for my morning run to burn off some of the calories consumed from this one.

Coffee Cheesecake

Ingredients
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
1/2 cup ground hazelnuts (filberts)
3 Tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 cup coffee liqueur

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease bottom and sides of an 8-inch springform pan. In a small bowl combine cracker crumbs, cookie crumbs, ground nuts (I used pecans), and 3 Tablespoons of sugar. Stir in melted butter. Press mixture onto bottom and up the sides of pan.

2. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, flour, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Stir in eggs and liqueur until combined (addition: mix 1 teaspoon of flour with 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips and stir this into the batter as well). Pour mixture into prepared crust.

3. Place pan in shallow baking pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until the center appears nearly set when gently shaken.

4. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Loosen the crust and cool for an additional 30 minutes. Remove sides of pan and cool completely. Cover and refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours.

I garnished this with whipped cream and chocolate curls. For a finishing touch, you could even add chocolate-covered espresso or coffee beans.

Deeelish!

Coffee With A Kick!

December 20, 2010

Looking for a nice warm morning pick me up (or any time of day, for that matter) during the holidays?  Try adding some usquebaugh to your coffee . . . you won’t be disappointed.  However, I would not recommend this for those days that you are having to work . . . strictly an after work or “holiday” libation.  Many of these would make a wonderful dessert as well.

usquebaugh

\uhs-kwi-baw, -bah\, – noun;

1. (Irish) the former name for whiskey.
2. (Scot) the former name for whisky.
3. an Irish liqueur flavored with coriander.

This word originated from the Gaelic “uisge beatha” or “water of life.”

Here’s a simple recipe for Irish Coffee
1-1/2 oz Irish whiskey
1 tsp brown sugar
6 ounces hot coffee
heavy cream
Combine whiskey, sugar and coffee in a mug and stir to dissolve. Float cold cream gently on top. Do not mix.
 
Of course, practically any liqueur or alcohol will compliment coffee nicely . . . here are some other coffee recipes involving alcohol.


For Chocolate Lovers!

June 29, 2010

Did you know that that ten years ago today, M&M’s candies renamed their “plain” M&M’s to “milk chocolate” M&M’s?  You may wonder why this is significant.  Apparently it was decided that their chocolate was too good to be called plain!  It sound’s like a chocolate kind of day to me!

Here’s a new way to enjoy these candy treats: add a spoonful or two to your coffee instead of sugar for a chocolaty-flavored cup of java!

Here are my favorite chocolate quotations:
“There are four basic food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles.”  (Anonymous)
“All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!”  (Lucy Van Pelt in Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz)
“I have this theory that chocolate slows down the aging process…. It may not be true, but do I dare take the chance?”  (Unknown)