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Monthly Archives: August 2015

  • Bisquick Coffee Cake Recipe

    Bisquick Coffee Cake Recipe Bisquick Coffee Cake is the perfect complement to your morning coffee. Photo: Basheer Tome

    Looking for a simple treat to accompany your morning cup of Gourmesso coffee? This Bisquick coffee cake not only tastes great, but uses half the ingredients!

    Ingredients

    For the Batter

    2 cups of Bisquick mix
    2/3 cup of milk (can also use water)
    1 egg
    2 tablespoons of granulated sugar

    For the Crumbly Topping

    1/3 cup of Bisquick
    1/3 cup of brown sugar (light)
    1/4 tablespoons of cool butter

    Preparation

    Step One

    Set your oven to 400° and grease a square pan (8” or 9”).

    Step Two

    Combine the batter ingredients until creamy and add to the pan.

    Step Three

    Mix the topping mix until crumbly.

    Step Four

    Sprinkle the mix on top of the batter. (tip: use a butter knife to help evenly spread crumbs throughout the mix)

    Step Five

    Bake for 25-30 min.

    Step Six

    Grab a plate and enjoy!

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  • 5 Minutes to the Perfect AeroPress® Coffee

    One of the greatest methods to brew coffeehouse-quality coffee at home is by using the AeroPress coffee press. The AeroPress makes it incredibly easy to make the rich, perfectly balanced cup of espresso. There are countless varieties of drinks that can be made using this concentrated brew as a base such as Americano, Latte, Cappuccinos, Macchiato, and Mocha. The AeroPress produces a brew that is as aromatic and flavorful as one produced by machines that cost hundreds or even thousands more than the AeroPress that retails for around thirty dollars. The AeroPress is so small and lightweight, it is also the ideal brewing method for use while traveling.

    Aeropress Brewing Small and easy to use. Photo: Yara Tucek

    The AeroPress uses a method similar to a French Press, putting hot water in contact with fresh grounds, allowing the grounds to steep, and then passing the brew through a filter prior to serving. The AeroPress adds one key element to this process: pressurization that occurs in expensive espresso machines. The combination of these two highly effective and time-tested technologies makes the AeroPress the best choice for home brewers that demand a consistent, rich and smooth brew.

    Follow these seven AeroPress instructions to see just how easy it is to make the best brew possible:

    1. Heat Water

    Heating water will likely be the most time-consuming step, so begin it first. The method for heating water is not important, whether you use an electric kettle, a stovetop tea pot, a carafe in the microwave, or any other method. The two most important factors for preparing the water are water quality and temperature. Water quality can have a huge impact on the flavor of your final product, it is important not to overlook this aspect. AeroPress advises that the water be heated to 175° Fahrenheit (80° Celsius). Note this is quite a bit lower than the boiling point of water (212°F), so you will need a thermometer and some patience to finding a method that works for you to get the ideal water temperature.

    2. Prepare and Install the Filter

    Take one of the filters out of its packaging and rinse it well using tap water. It is important to rinse and wet the filter prior to using because it will help the brew flow freely without sticking and will help keep the filter in place during the brewing process. When the filter is ready, place it firmly into the bottom of the filter cap. Next, take the filter cap with filter in place and twist it onto the brewing chamber.

    3. Grind, Measure, and Add Coffee to the Chamber

    Grinding coffee beans at home is an optional step, as you can purchase pre-ground coffee at any coffee retailer. The benefits of grinding at home are that freshly ground beans have more flavor and you have control over how fine the grind is. Aim for a grind somewhere between espresso (very fine) and drip (medium grind) and adjust from there. The AeroPress comes with a scoop for measuring the appropriate amount of ground coffee to add to the brewing chamber. Two full scoops per 16 ounces of water is the amount recommended by the manufacturer, but adjust according to your individual preference. There are also new options coming to the market of pre-apportioned capsules that are designed to fit into the AeroPress filter cap. These capsules combine the filter, pre-ground coffee, and optional flavors.

    4. Add Water and Blend

    Next, place AeroPress on your mug and begin adding water. When adding water to ground coffee, it is important to stir the hot water and coffee mixture. Stir gently as you gradually add coffee and water. Whether using freshly ground coffee, pre-ground coffee, or the capsules, you should experiment with all the options to find the blend the tastes best to you.

    5. Press

    Next, align the plunger with the top of the chamber and slowly begin to force the plunger downwards toward the coffee. This will be similar to the mechanics of a French Press. Press the plunger until it compresses the coffee grounds or reaches the capsule.

    6. Remove the AeroPress and Add Water

    Lift the AeroPress off of your mug. The results of the press will be a highly concentrated brew that is not at all bitter. Because of the strength of the brew, it is advisable to dilute it prior to drinking. You can use the entire remaining hot water, a lesser amount, milk, or steamed milk.

    The AeroPress is a top-notch method for brewing delicious, smooth, coffee in minutes. Take care to follow these AeroPress instructions and you will have an excellent brewing experience. Experiment with water temperature, coffee grinding, water amount, and additives to determine what blend matches your palate preferences.

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  • Songs About Coffee

    You love drinking coffee. And as important as this dark, complex brew is to human civilization, there's plenty of inspiration to draw from when it comes to coffee songs. Musicians throughout history have taken one sip of the deep black drink and followed it up with some furious scribbling in their notebooks. Here are some of our favorite coffee songs, and we're sure you'll like them too! They are enjoyed best with a cup of delicious Gourmesso Coffee.

    Songs about Coffee Coffee and Music make the perfect match! Photo: GigNroll.com

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  • Buttermilk Coffee Cake

     

    Buttermilk Coffee Cake Recipe It's baking time with Gourmesso! Photo: JFXie

    Are you looking for an easy and light buttermilk coffee cake recipes for the summer? Try this Gourmesso recipe: You won’t regret it.

    Ingredients

    1 ¼ cups of flour
    1 ½ cups of sugar
    1 ½ tsp. baking powder

    ¾ tsp. baking soda
    ½ cup of butter
    1 cup of buttermilk
    2 eggs
    ½ tsp. vanilla extract

    Preparation

    Step One

    Preheat the oven to 350°F.

    Step Two

    Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and backing soda.

    Step Three

    Add butter into flour one pieace at a time until crumbly. Set aside one cup of butter curmbs.

    Step Four

    Add buttermilk, eggs and vanilla extract to the remaining batter. Pour into a greased baking pan.

    Step Five

    Sprinkle one cup of butter crumbs on top.

    Step Six

    Back about 35 minutes.

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  • Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe

    blueberry coffee cake recipe Blueberry Coffee Cake is always a good idea Photo: Thor

    Whether your baking for yourself or for friends, blueberry coffee cake is a great go-to breakfast treat.
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  • cream cheese coffee cake recipe This Cream Cheese Coffee Cake recipe is the perfect treat Photo: Katrin Morenz

    Need an easy recipe to make for your next brunch get-together? With a crunchy topping and a delicious cream cheese filling, this coffee cake is the perfect treat to serve to friends!

    Ingredients

    Cake

    3 cups of flour
    1 tsp. baking powder
    ½ tsp. baking soda
    ½ tsp. salt
    1 stick of softened, unsalted butter
    1 cup of granulated sugar
    4 eggs
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    1 cup of sour cream

    Filling

    16 oz of soft cream cheese
    ½ cup of granulated sugar
    ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 egg

    Streusel Topping

    ¼ cup granulated sugar
    ¼ cup flour
    3 tablespoons cool butter

    Frosting

    ¼ cup confectioners sugar
    1 ½ tsp. milk

    Directions

    Step One

    Preheat your oven to 350° and flour a 9” x 13” baking pan.

    Step Two

    In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla on low speed. Continue to gradually mix until creamy and set aside.

    Step Three

    In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

    Step Four

    With your mixer, combine butter, vanilla extract and sugar. Alternate adding in the dry mixture and sour cream until the batter is creamy.

    Step Five

    Pour half of the batter into the floured pan. Spread the cream cheese mixture on top, and then add the additional batter. Use a butter knife to create a swirl pattern with batter and cream cheese.

    Step Six

    Create a crumbly mixture using sugar, flour and butter, and sprinkle on the batter.

    Step Seven

    Bake for 40-45 min.

    Step Eight

    Combine confectioners sugar and milk. When the cake is cool, drizzle on the frosting and enjoy!

    P.S.: This cream cheese coffee cake goes along perfectly with our Gourmesso coffee.

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