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Iced Coconut White Mocha

Monday, June 18, 2012

Those of you who have been around for awhile might remember that my husband Corey is somewhat of a coffee connoisseur.  We purchased an espresso machine for ourselves last year and it would not be an exaggeration to say that he has used it five times a week since then.  Me, I’m lazy.  I can just barely take the effort to put normal drip coffee in a normal drip coffeemaker.  He makes all sorts of delicious concoctions that are usually even better than what you would find at your corner Starbucks, and I figured it was time to share another very specific recipe with the world.  (He fancies himself an artist, so he doesn’t use those pesky measuring tools.  I will try to give you estimates anyway.)  Here is a how to on a pretty spectacular Iced Coconut White Mocha from Corey:

What you’ll need:

- Now if you have a fancy espresso machine then you probably have all the standard gear to make espresso, including the espresso beans.  If you are just learning how to use your espresso machine, feel free to email and I will send your questions directly to the expert.  If you don’t have a fancy espresso machine then just make your coffee super strong and substitute.

- Milk – the fattier the better – Corey uses 2%

- Torani White Chocolate Sauce.  Yum.

- Torani Coconut Syrup.  Corey gets all his syrups and sauces from World Market.  You should see our cupboard, we look like Dilworth Coffee up in here.

What you’ll do:

1.  Prep:

-Purge espresso machine.

-Place thingy (group handle/portafilter) onto espresso machine to heat.

-Add Espresso beans to grinder and grind:

a) 2 scoops for normal shot of espresso

b) 4 scoops for double espresso (for tired souls)

-Select syrups/sauce to make your deliciousness.  In this recipe we are using white chocolate sauce and coconut syrup.

2.  Prepare:

-Select mug or glass depending on whether you are making a hot latte or iced; I prefer iced and will be describing how to make this version.

-Add white chocolate sauce and coconut syrup; then stir. (Editor’s note: I would approximate measurements as 2 tablespoons white chocolate sauce and 2 tablespoons coconut syrup.)  If you like your coffee super sweet, add more.  As I have added a double shot of espresso, I added quite a bit more.

3.  Espresso:

-Add two scoops of ground espresso to the thingy/portafilter.

-Stamp it with the stamper device; not too hard, yet not too soft (Editor’s note – I told you he was specific.)

-Put the handle with espresso onto the machine, press button, out comes espresso.  I usually run it about 15 seconds.  Repeat steps if you want an additional expresso shot.

-Add espresso to the syrup/sauce concoction and stir.

4.  Creation time:

-Pour a little over 1 cup of milk into glass and stir while pouring.  Then pour entire mixture into another glass already filled with ice.  As per usual, give milk to cat for added cuteness.

-Add whip cream if you are feeling particularly indulgent.

5.  Don’t forget to clean your machine:

-Purge machine/run steam through steam wand (takes like 10 seconds, not too much work).

 Additional Notes:

-In case you want it hot (takes place after step 3):

-Turn on steam wand device so that it can heat; just takes a minute or two.

-Pour milk (fatty milk is best) into steaming pitcher; get out thermometer and get ready.

-Test steam and then you are ready to Steam-A-Steam.

-Place pitcher under steam wand; do not press wand to the bottom of pitcher, terrifying things will happen that involves the wand shooting off into your pitcher and milk going everywhere.

-Steam away, your milk will be ready between 130 and 140 degrees.

 

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Pumpkin Spice Latte – Two Ways

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Corey is majorly into fancy coffee.  You will regularly find him at Starbucks, Dilworth Coffee, or that modern coffee shop at Ballantyne.  So last Christmas we decided to gift ourselves with an espresso machine to allow him to create the fancy coffee that he so desires at home.  He has since become a latte expert and I wanted to share that knowledge with you, just in case you have an espresso machine laying around the house.  If you don’t, never fear, for I will also provide you with a recipe so you can make them with your Mr. Coffee as well.

Pumpkin Spice Latte made with Fancy Espresso Machine

As Corey is the expert, I requested that he write an outline of how to make the pumpkin spice latte.  So get your pens and pencils out.

What you’ll need:

- Espresso machine with steaming wand

- Coffee grinder and espresso beans OR ground espresso

- Milk (preferably fatty, we use 2%)

- Pumpkin Pie Syrup

- Vanilla Syrup

- White Chocolate Sauce (yum!)

What you’ll do (from Corey):

1.  Prep:

-Purge espresso machine.

-Place thingy (group handle/portafilter) onto espresso machine to heat.

-Add Espresso beans to grinder and grind:

a) 2 scoops for normal shot of espresso

b) 4 scoops for double espresso

-Select syrups/sauce to make your deliciousness.  In this recipe we used white chocolate sauce, pumpkin pie syrup and vanilla syrup.  You can make any fabulous flavor you want by combining various syrups and sauces.

2.  Prepare:

-Select mug or glass depending on whether you are making a hot latte or iced.

-Add white chocolate sauce, pumpkin pie syrup and vanilla syrup; then stir.

a) add a lot for super sweet.

b) don’t add a lot if you do not want it super sweet.

3.  Espresso:

-Add two scoops of ground espresso to the thingy.

-Stamp it with the tamper; not too hard, yet not to soft.

-Put it onto machine, press button, out comes espresso.  I usually run it about 15 seconds.

-Repeat steps if you want an additional expresso shot.

-Add espresso to the syrup/sauce mixture and stir.

4.  A Steam-a-Steam:

-Turn on the steam so that it can heat; just takes a minute or two.

-Pour milk (fatty milk is best) into steaming pitcher; get out thermometer and get ready.

-Test steam and then you are ready to Steam-A-Steam.

-Place pitcher under steam wand; do not press wand to the bottom of pitcher or terrifying things will happen that involve the wand shooting off into your pitcher and milk going everywhere.

-Steam away.  Your milk will be ready when the temperature is between 130 and 140 degrees.  (Side note from Colleen: Steaming is actually pretty tricky so you might want to look up a youtube video to help you.)

5.  Creation time:

-Pour milk into mug and stir while pouring.

-Give milk to cat for added cuteness.

-Add your choice of cinnamon or whip cream, or both (it’s delicious so you might as well go for broke).

6.  Don’t forget to clean your machine:

-Purge machine/run steam through steam wand (takes like 10 seconds, not too much work).

-For an Iced Latte, just stop after Step 3 and add milk to glass.  Mix and then pour over ice.  You are done after you add your selected condiments.

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte without Fancy Espresso Machine

I found a lot of Pumpkin Spice Latte recipes but I used this one from Inspired Taste because it seemed really simple.  Also, it seemed like I would have most of the ingredients laying around the house.

What you’ll need:

For 2 servings

- 2 cups milk

- 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin

- 3 tablespoons sugar

- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (yes this seems like a lot but you really need it)

- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (it asks for pumpkin spice mix but I figure this is the same)

- 1/2 cup strong hot coffee (be sure to make it strong; I of course forgot and just made normal coffee)

- whipped cream (yes please!)

What you’ll do:

1) Put the milk, pumpkin, and sugar in a saucepan and warm until hot but don’t boil.  Not sure why, maybe so you don’t burn the milk?

2) Take the saucepan off of the heat and add vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and hot strong coffee.

3) Pour into cute mugs and put whipped cream on top for added deliciousness.

I love the frothiness of Corey’s version, but the one made with regular coffee was still really delicious.

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