Coffee + Ice Cream = One Tasty Treat

It’s getting hotter outside and sometimes, you just don’t want to settle for a fruity Popsicle. Perhaps you’d like to combine your love of coffee with a frozen dessert. If this is the case, you may want to consider making coffee-flavored ice cream sandwiches. Below you will find a recipe for this unique ice cream treat.

Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches

(this recipe makes 8 servings)

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces butter or margarine (room temperature)
  • 2 ounces caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 4 ounces flour
  • 16 ounces coffee ice cream
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Icing Sugar

Directions

1) Lightly grease 2 to 3 baking sheets.

2) Use an electric mixer or wooden spoon to beat the butter until soft.

3) Add in the caster sugar and beat together.

4) Add in the flour and coffee – mixing by hand in order to form an evenly blended dough.

5) Wrap the dough in a plastic bag and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

6) Lightly sprinkle your work surface with icing sugar.

7) Knead the dough on the sugared surface for a couple of minutes. The dough should slightly soften.

8) Use a rolling pin dusted with icing sugar to roll out the dough. It should have a thickness of 1/8 inch. Use a 2 ½ inch fluted pastry cutter to create 16 rounds from the dough.

9) Place the rounds on the prepared baking sheets. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

10) Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and bake the biscuits until they have turned a lovely light golden color. This should take about 30 minutes.

11) Allow the biscuits to cool and firm up before taking off of the baking sheets and placing on a wire rack to completely cool.

12) Remove the ice cream from the freezer and let soften for 10 minutes at room temperature.

13) Using a metal spatula, evenly spread the ice cream on the flat side of eight biscuits. Leave room around the edges of the biscuits. Place one of the remaining biscuits on top of the ice cream – flat-side down.

14) Arrange the ice cream sandwiches on a baking sheet, and cover. Place in the freezer for at least 1 hour or longer if you want a firmer sweet treat. Sift the cocoa powder over the tops before eating or serving.

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Single-Cup Coffee Brewers

For some people, they’d like to experience the freshest cup of coffee in the least amount of time. The drip coffee makers of yesterday are good at brewing more than one cup of Joe, but are less useful for single-cup drinkers. Today, the market is filled with plenty of options for coffee makers that make just one cup. While some are fancier than others, below are a few selections that satisfy a range of budgets.

The Keurig Brewing System

Accommodating varying coffee cup sizes (including travel mugs), a popular brand in single cup brewing is Keurig. One cup of coffee is made by inserted a pre-filled cup called a K-Cup, which provides coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Over the years, K-Cups have expanded to include more than 200 varieties, including chai, lattes, mochas, cappuccinos, and iced tea. Prices range from the Keurig® Mini Plus Brewing System ($99.99) to the Keurig® OfficePRO® Premier Brewing System ($249.99). While you may feel limited in purchasing the flavors offered in K-Cup form, some use a specialized filter that allows them to brew their choice of ground coffee.

Tassimo Brewer

Tassimo brewers use T-Discs to deliver you a single cup of coffee of coffee, tea, cappuccino, mocha, latte, crema, espresso and hot chocolate. You can choose from two different brewers (the Braun Tassimo and the Bosch Tassimo), which range in prices from $99 to $260. An accessory to consider for the Tassimo brewer is a color kit, which adds a touch of blue, green, red or brown to the brewer.

Nespresso Espresso Machine

For that special jolt of caffeine in the morning, espresso machines provide a single cup of strongly brewed coffee. Nestle makes a visually attractive line of single cup brewers with their Nespresso Espresso machine, which uses a capsule system. Prices for the Nespresso machines are from $129 (Essenza) to $699 (Gran Maestria). For $229, choose the Pixie to enjoy one of the fastest single cup heating times at 25 seconds. Choose the Citiz with Milk ($299), which not only makes tasty espressos, but also has the capacity to produce creamy lattes. You can also go for the gusto and spring for a Nescafe Aeroccino milk frother, which costs $99.

Coffee Pod Brewers

There are an array of manufacturers that make brewers to work with coffee pods that you purchase separately for your unit. The Hamilton Beach Personal One Cup Brewer ($19.99) is a small yet effective machine that makes a quick cup of coffee. For around $129.99, the BUNN MC MyCafe Single Serve Pod Brewer uses a jet action sprayhead to achieve optimal flavor, and is compatible with hundreds of compostable coffee and tea pods. Senseo also makes attractive single-cup coffee pod brewers.

Introducing Starbucks Refreshers Beverages

Not everyone wants to fill up with the traditional cup of coffee when they wish to rejuvenate their energy levels, and the popular chain, Starbucks, is now offering three different ways to boost your ability to get-up-and-go. Harnessing the natural energy of green coffee extract, Starbucks is making a move in the energy drink market. While coffee extract is used in the making of the beverages, there is no coffee taste – so fruit lovers will certainly be pleased.

Fresh Handcrafted Drinks

A quick trip to Starbucks brings you closer to a handcrafted low-calorie beverage made with fresh ingredients, such as  fruit juice, whole blackberries (in the Very Berry Hibiscus), and real slices of lime (in the Cool Lime). With the addition of green coffee extract, the drink helps encourage a surge of natural energy.

Sparkling Beverages

Green coffee extract is added to a handful of flavorful sparkling beverages made with real fruit juice, B vitamins, ginseng, and antioxidants from vitamin C. You also don’t have to feel guilty about drinking a can because they are only 60 calories. Flavors to consider include Raspberry Pomegranate, Strawberry Lemonade, and Orange Melon. Cans of the sparkling beverage cost as low as around $1.20 and can be purchased outside of a Starbucks coffee shop.

Instant Beverage Packets

The VIA brand of instant beverages that Starbucks produces also offers a line of Refreshers (Very Berry Hibiscus and Cool Lime flavors) for those times you can’t step out of the office or house. The packets are made with real fruit and green coffee extract – providing hints of citrus, apple and mint. This option is perfect for people on the go. All you have to do is open a packet, add to a glass of cold water, and mix. One carton of the VIA Refreshers consists of five packets and cost about $5.95.

Krispy Kreme Signature Coffees

When most people hear the brand, Krispy Kreme®, they tend to envision soft melt-in-your-mouth glazed doughnuts. Now, the company would like you to get acquainted with their specially blended coffees. In September, Krispy Kreme® recently launched three crafted Signature Coffee Blends in some of their locations in the United States and Canada.

All made from 100% Arabica beans, you can choose between the following options:

  • Krispy Kreme Signature House Blend – With a smooth, medium-bodied taste, this Latin American blend will probably speak best to the coffee drinker that has more than their fair share of cups every day.
  • Krispy Kreme Signature Dark Roast – Blending the flavors of African, Indonesian, and Central American coffees, the Dark Roast offers a full-bodied flavor that is bolder and richer. The full flavor would certainly accompany your favorite dessert with style.
  • Krispy Kreme Signature House Decaf – If you’re worried about falling for the jittery feeling of drinking too much coffee, this decaffeinated blend of Colombian and Sumatran coffee will most likely be right up your alley.

Whether you need a quick caffeine fix or want to keep board members awake for an important meeting, Krispy Kreme® coffees can accommodate. The coffees are served in a variety of cup sizes – 12, 16, and 20 ounces. You may also purchase a 96-ounce Brew Box. For home brewing, there are 12-ounce bags of freshly ground Krispy Kreme® coffee for sale.

About Krispy Kreme®

As an international retailer of premium-quality splurges, Krispy Kreme® is mostly known for its signature Original Glazed® doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the company has been a fixture in the doughnut community since 1937. There are more than 650 locations throughout the world. As the company sees a shift in the coffee-drinking habits of their customers, they believe the introduction of the Krispy Kreme® line of coffees will solidify the company’s future.

Seasonal K-Cup Flavors for Autumn

Are you looking to take a break from your usual K-Cup flavors? The seasonal changes of autumn not only make it the perfect time of the year to warm up with a cup of coffee, but also gives you a chance to sample delicious holiday flavors. Keurig is a brewing system that offers a single cup of coffee in less than 60 seconds. The convenience and appeal of the maker centers on the use of a K-Cup – small containers of sealed coffee that fit into the machine. Over the years, an increasing number of K-Cup options have emerged, including the following holiday flavors:

  • Hot Apple Cider – A hot cup of apple cider is a definite favorite for the fall season. Green Mountain NaturalsTM has an apple cider K-Cup made with a hint of brown sugar and cinnamon. There are no artificial flavors or preservatives used to make this selection. Whereas this flavor was once a seasonal product, it is now offered all year round.
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice – Green Mountain Coffee brings the spicy flavors of pumpkin pie to your coffee cup with an autumn flavor offered only for a limited time.
  • Caramel Apple Pie – Van Houtte offers the taste of a homemade dessert with this flavored K-Cup meant to channel the taste of warm apple pie. This is a limited time option for your Keurig.
  • Perfectly Pumpkin – Timothy’s also makes a limited time pumpkin flavored coffee for the autumn season – a perfect dessert beverage for after Thanksgiving dinner. This selection is noted for having the aroma of cinnamon spices and creamy undertones.

In the wintertime, other seasonal K-Cups start to emerge for a limited time, including eggnog and gingerbread flavors. Green Mountain Coffee even offers a Seasonal Flavors K-Cup Coffee Tour that includes two boxes each of Golden French toast in the wintertime, Island Coconut for the spring, Pumpkin Spice for the fall, and Spicy Eggnog for the holiday season.

Where to Find K-Cups

K-Cups can be purchased in grocery stores, department stores, home stores (like Bed Bath & Beyond), and discount online sites, such as Coffee for Less.

Homemade Gluten Free Coffee Cake

When you hear coffee cake, the first image that probably enters your mind is Drakes coffee cakes. Well, there are a variety of ways to make this cake and this is not the typical one though. You will use actual coffee or Endangered Species Coffee Candy in this recipe. To make it gluten free white or brown rice flour is usually the best bet for baking.

COFFEE

The first step of course, is to brew the coffee. It can be any flavor that you desire: from vanilla, mocha, french vanilla, espresso, to anything else. If you rather just use the candy all you have to do is melt it down in the microwave or in a glass bowl (within a large pot of course) over the stove top. When, one or the other is done it can be added into your flour mix.

FLOURS

As it was stated early, brown or white rice flour would be the preferable choice to use besides wheat flour because it is naturally sticky and will hold together better much better than any other gluten free flour. If you’d rather use wheat, of course, you are welcome, too. The gluten will keep the cake together.

FIRST BITE

When, you take your first bite into this delectable, sweet treat you will be glad you tried this version. Since you already have your coffee, grad a tall glass of milk, chocolate milk, or even a cup of tea and dig right on in.

Starbucks

When a customer receives a drink from Starbucks it is your number one pit stop for coffees, teas, and desserts. It’s a triple combo all in one!  From their commitment to serving the highest quality coffee in the world, you are truly going to enjoy everything from that coffee bean smell to that first sip.

DESSERTS

Starbucks does have a gluten free dessert option. It’s called Valencia orange cake. This delicious gluten free cake has a moist, delicate, tender texture. It is a refreshingly light cake with blends of almonds and premium Valencia oranges. All of its ingredients include whole eggs, almond, sugar, Valencia orange pulp, orange oil, and baking powder.

COFFEE

The caffe latte is the original coffeehouse classic. Part of its appeal is the simplicity. A caffè latte is made up of one or two shots of bold, tasty espresso with fresh, sweet steamed milk over it. Some even like to add syrup or extra espresso to the recipe.

Frappaccino is coffee with a flavors powder, blended with milk and ice. Then it is topped with sweetened whipped cream. Very refreshing amd cooling during a hot summer time evening.

TEA

Tazo teas are available brewed or iced. One sip and you’ll find it to be extremely flavorful. Their premium black tea gets a snappy little splash of citrus and is shaken, not stirred, with ice.

NEIGHBORHOOD

So don’t forget to stop into on of your communities local Starbucks coffee house. It even has wi-fi service, so sit down, sip your beverage, and bite into a slice of cake.

Frappe This!

Barristas are setting up their blenders and drink machines in preparation for the summer frozen coffee season. But for a bit of coffee, milk and ice, we are paying what it costs for a pound of coffee at the grocery store. Why buy, when you can make them at home?

This is a good way to control not only your costs, but your calories. Where a cup of coffee shop frappe can up upwards of 700 calories for an extra large, by using artificial sweetener, the only calories here are in the milk.

You’ll need to make a pot of strong coffee. Not espresso, but add an extra scoop or two of coffee to the pot.

Once it is brewed, sweeten the coffee to taste, then let it cool completely.

Pour out about 8 ounces of coffee into a container from which you can pour easily. Add an equal amount of milk of choice: whole, skim, soy. Pour this mixture into ice cube trays and freeze. When they are frozen (at least 48 hours to make sure they are frozen hard) put into a sealed bag or container. It prevents them from being dissipated by the fan in a frost free refrigerator freezer. Store the rest of the coffee in the refrigerator until you’re ready to make your frappe. Or heat it back up and have a cup.

To make a Coffee Frappé, you will need:

  1. 4 to 8 coffee and milk cubes
  2. ½ cup to one cup cold coffee
  3. a blender (an immersion or “stick” blender works well)

Place about 1/3 of a cup of coffee and coffee cubes in the blender. Pulse it several times. Add more coffee gradually until is a nice, slushy consistency.

If you like flavored coffees, you can add flavoring syrup to the blender. If you are really feeling adventurous, you can add a little taste of something alcoholic. How cool would that be, to have frozen Irish Coffee for St. Patrick’s Day?