It's National Doughnut Day! That means we've gotta eat all the doughnuts, right? Well, before we can eat the doughnuts, we've gotta make the doughnuts! Duckie whipped some up the other day, and they were amazing! It was a great way to usher in the weekend, with some good coffee, snacks, and company!
Coffee Coffee Doughnuts (courtesy of epicurious)
For the Doughnuts
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/2 cup granulated sugar
• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
• 1 large egg, room temperature
• 1/3 cup buttermilk
• 2 tablespoons cold brew coffee concentrate
• 2 quarts canola oil (for frying)
For the Coffee Glaze
• 1 cup powdered sugar
• 2 tablespoons cold brew coffee concentrate
To make the doughnuts:
- Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
- Beat granulated sugar and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes.
- Add egg and continue to beat, scraping down sides of bowl as needed, until incorporated. Reduce speed to low and gradually add buttermilk and coffee concentrate, beating just until combined. Gradually add dry ingredients and beat just until dough comes together.
- Turn out dough onto a large piece of parchment paper and cover with a second sheet of parchment. Using a rolling pin, roll dough between parchment sheets to about 1/3" thick. Transfer dough in parchment to a rimmed baking sheet and freeze until firm, about 20 minutes.
- Peel off top sheet of parchment. Working on bottom sheet, punch out as many rounds as you can with 3" cutter, then use 1" cutter to punch out center of each round. Gather doughnut holes and scraps and re-roll; repeat process 3–4 times until all dough has been used (you should have 12 doughnuts). Place doughnuts on a second parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze until slightly chilled, about 5 minutes.
- Pour oil into a heavy-duty pot to a depth of 2" and fit pot with deep-fry thermometer. Heat oil to 375ºF. Working in batches, fry doughnuts until deep golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to a wire rack lined with paper towels and let cool 2–3 minutes.
To make the coffee glaze:
- Whisk powdered sugar and coffee concentrate in a large bowl until smooth. Dip warm doughnuts in glaze. Place on a wire rack to let glaze set, about 3 minutes, then dip again.
She made the doughnuts! (Totally thinking of this guy the whole time Duckie was talking about this. lol) These doughnuts pair especially well with Vietnamese Iced Coffee, a favorite of mine and Duckie's.
Let us know how your doughnuts turn out! We'll be back with more recipes soon, have a great weekend!
Adventures in Touristing
The Sacré Cœur and Montmartre Edition
One unexpectedly warm and sunny afternoon Jess and I trekked up to Paris's highest point, Sacré Cœur! The lawns were lovely and speckled with loungers, picnickers and bookworms! We joined them for a bit before reaching the basilica at the top.
After the long walk up to the basilica we were in need of a little pick me up, we found the most delicious cafe creme and creme brûlée in Montmartre! Taking a cue from one of my favorite movies ( Amélie ) I took special care when cracking the hard caramel top!
she cultivates a taste for small pleasures: dipping her hand into sacks of grain, cracking creme brulee with a teaspoon, and skipping stones at St. Martin’s canal.”
- Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Le Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain
Some of the things we found while exploring....
Across the street from our little rose cafe there was a mobil art gallery, it was adorable....as was it's owner/artist.
A house covered in vines, another artist with very painted pants, delicious tartare de bœuf, and a really good view!
Have you had an adventure this summer? Tell me about it!
An Iced Coffee That Outsmarts The Summer Heat
By Erin Phraner
, Photographed by Alice Gao
It’s iced-coffee season, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! You see, mastering your morning fix at home is easy, especially with our homemade iced-coffee hacks. We’ve been using these tricks to save us time, money, and the stress of long (steamy) café lines…and we’re ready to let in you on our secrets. So, get ready to improve your iced-coffee routine — we’re here to help!The Perfect Ratio
Every coffee drinker has his or her own ideal ratio of coffee-to-beans-to-time. This method is our favorite. Remember: Some say cold-brewed coffee is more caffeinated than regular coffee, so use this as a concentrate and mix it with a little cold water before using.
Best Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee
about 2 cups concentrate
½ cup whole coffee beans
2 cups room temperature water
1. Grind the coffee beans in a grinder for about 30 seconds. Transfer to a French press. Pour the water over the grounds, cover with the French press top, and set aside at room temperature overnight.
2. In the morning, push down the filter to stop the brewing. Strain into a container and keep in the refrigerator for up to one week. Serve over ice mixed with water and/or milk.
Simple Syrup Saver
Simple syrup is our preferred sweetener for iced coffee, far superior to having undissolved sugar bits in your drink! We keep ours in a DIY dispenser for easy access and to prevent spills — because, let’s face it, we’re not the most nimble first thing in the morning.
1 container, plus simple syrup
1 empty pump-top soap bottle
1 bottle Goo Gone
1. Remove the labels from one empty pump-top soap bottle in hot soap water and wipe off any glue residue with Goo Gone or a similar product. Thoroughly wash out and dry the container.
2. Meanwhile, simmer equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. Pour into the prepared container and store in the refrigerator for up to two months.
Vanilla-Milk Ice Cubes
Turn vanilla-flavored milk into ice cubes and save yourself the trouble of dressing up your iced coffee in the morning — just add the flavored cubes and the milk/vanilla will incorporate into the coffee as they melt. Hey, vegans: Try the same thing with coconut milk!
about 2 dozen ice cubes
2 cups milk
1 vanilla bean, split
1. Put the milk in a medium bowl or pitcher. Scrape the vanilla bean seeds into the milk using the tip of a sharp knife; whisk until combined.
2. Divide the milk mixture among two ice cube trays. Freeze at least three hours or overnight.
Homemade Coffee Creamer
Hyper-cool café culture has tricked us into believing coffee creamer is for sinners. But, can we just admit that a little hit of hazelnut-flavored Coffee Mate tastes incredible now and then!? Here’s an idea: Enjoy your creamer without the stigma by turning it into an edible DIY project that you can flavor however you’d like.
about 2 cups
2 cups fat-free or reduced-fat milk
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 to 2 teaspoons flavoring (ideas below)
1. Shake the milk and sweetened condensed milk in an airtight container for 30 seconds or until combined (alternatively, whizz ‘em up for a few seconds in a blender).
2. Stir in one to two teaspoons flavorings and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Shake well before using.
- vanilla extract
- almond extract
- coconut extract
- hazelnut extract
- butterscotch extract
- cocoa powder
- espresso powder
- maple syrup
- caramel ice cream topping
You get the idea….
DIY Mason Jar To-Go Cups
Don’t waste your money buying a special iced-coffee container. Everyone seems to have at least one mason jar these days, and you can turn it into a to-go cup (perfect for iced coffee) in literally 30 seconds. All you need is a hole punch and a straw.
1 mason jar or other jar with separate lid and ring
1 single hole punch
1. Insert the mason jar lid (the flat disk-shaped piece) into the hole punch as far as you can.
2. Firmly squeeze the hole punch to puncture a hole in the lid; wiggle the lid to release it from the hole punch and discard the punched out circle.
3. Place the lid on top of the mason jar and screw on the ring to secure. Insert a straw into the hole — voilà
Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin
Try not to judge the book by its cover…I know it IS quite cheesy, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts!
I read the first book in this series last spring, and I could hardly put it down. Because it is my blood
did not disappoint I finished it the same day I started it!
If you love coffee and chocolate (and lets face it, who doesn't like a little chocolate now and again?) your interest should be peaked by the first page (which is a recipe for some rather decedent hot cocoa)! Mix the chocolate and coffee with black market traders, hit men and general drama, and you have a recipe for an entertaining read!
From the publisher…
Since her release from Liberty Children's Facility, Anya Balanchine is determined to follow the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, her criminal record is making it hard for her to do that. No high school wants her with a gun possession charge on her rap sheet. Plus, all the people in her life have moved on: Natty has skipped two grades at Holy Trinity, Scarlet and Gable seem closer than ever, and even Win is in a new relationship. But when old friends return demanding that certain debts be paid, Anya is thrown right back into the criminal world that she had been determined to escape. It’s a journey that will take her across the ocean and straight into the heart of the birthplace of chocolate where her resolve--and her heart--will be tested as never before.
I strongly recommend sitting down with a cup of hot cocoa and diving into this book!
This is a series I am dubbing 'Book Love'. All the Coco and Duckie Girls adore reading, though we wish there were more hours in the day so we had time to catch up on all of the books we have started!
I just completed 'All These Things I've Done' by Gabrielle Zevin. It was a lovely little piece of YA Fiction! I would have finished it in one sitting if I had the time! The book takes place in NYC about 100 years in the future, in a world where chocolate and coffee are illegal! The book follows Annie, the oldest daughter of the biggest (departed) crime boss in the America's! And guess what they deal? Chocolate.
Not only is the cover art pretty sweet but the actual book is embossed to look like a bar of chocolate! I love the attention to detail!!!
I had the most fabulous cappuccino to go along with the first 15 chapters or so, the barista even made me a little heart out of the foam!
I recommend on your next laze about day, grab a big cup of Jo (or hot chocolate), prop up your feet and get swept up into the world of the coffee and chocolate trade!