Steamy Kitchen Recipes | RSS Feed http://steamykitchen.com Steamy Kitchen Food Blog: fast recipes, simple recipes, with fresh ingredients to create delicious meals. Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:38:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 Chocolate and Coffee Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting http://steamykitchen.com/16196-chocolate-and-coffee-cupcakes-with-coconut-frosting.html http://steamykitchen.com/16196-chocolate-and-coffee-cupcakes-with-coconut-frosting.html#comments Tue, 05 Jul 2011 23:54:04 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=16196 A couple of months ago, I asked Julie of The Little Kitchen for recipes involving coffee and she responded with a very enthusiastic, “YOU MUST MAKE THESE CUPCAKES!”  As if her insistence wasn’t enough to convince me, her recipe was titled, “Best Homemade Chocolate Cake Ever!“ The cake is made with brewed coffee, something I’ve never tried before. Since I’ve been in ...

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A couple of months ago, I asked Julie of The Little Kitchen for recipes involving coffee and she responded with a very enthusiastic, “YOU MUST MAKE THESE CUPCAKES!”  As if her insistence wasn’t enough to convince me, her recipe was titled, “Best Homemade Chocolate Cake Ever!

The cake is made with brewed coffee, something I’ve never tried before. Since I’ve been in kitchen limbo the past few weeks due to the move, I asked Joanne and Adam to help out and try out the recipe.  Not only did they love it, but they also made a version that uses cake mix to make it simpler. Enjoy! ~Jaden

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For the recipe, you will need one box of chocolate cake mix, such as Devil’s Food, as well as any ingredients called for on the box, these will usually be eggs, oil or butter and water. Replace one cup of the water called for by the cake mix with strong coffee. The coffee gives a nice boost, resulting in a more chocolate-flavored cake rather than a coffee-flavored cake.

Bake the cake according to the package directions and allow to cool. Once the cake has cooled, you can toast the coconut and make the cream cheese frosting.

Toast the coconut just as you would nuts. You can do this in a saute pan over low heat or in the oven. To toast in the oven, preheat to 350 degrees F, evenly spread the coconut flakes onto a baking sheet then bake for 2 minutes, toss and bake another two minutes, repeat this process until the coconut is lightly toasted. When toasting, stay close to the oven, coconut can go from lightly toasted to burnt quickly.

For the frosting you will need cream cheese, butter, confectioners or powdered sugar, vanilla extract and coconut extract. If you have a fine mesh sieve on hand, sift the sugar to remove any lumps. Use a stand or hand mixer to beat the cream cheese, butter and extracts at a medium-high speed for one-to-two minutes or until everything is nice and creamy. (Make sure you are working with room temperature cream cheese and butter for this).

Next, reduce the speed of your mixer and slowly add in the sugar until incorporated. Decorate the cupcakes with frosting and a sprinkle or two of the toasted coconut.

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Servings: Yields 24 cupcakes Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes
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Make Ahead: Undecorated cupcakes, if tightly wrapped, can be kept in the freezer for two-three months.

Ingredients:

1 box Devil’s Food cake mix + ingredients needed to make the cake according to package instructions
1 cup strong coffee, cooled
1 pound (two 8-ounce packages) cream cheese at room temperature
3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 1/2 pounds powdered sugar, sifted
¾ cup shredded coconut

Directions:

Before mixing cake batter, replace one cup of the water called for in the cake mix instructions with the coffee.

Mix the cake batter according to package instructions. Pour batter into a cupcake pan and bake as directed; allow to cool.

Toast the coconut in the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the coconut onto a baking sheet, bake in the oven for 2 minutes, check and toss the coconut then bake another 2 minutes or until all the coconut is slightly toasted.

To make the frosting, use a stand or hand mixer to cream together the cream cheese, butter, vanilla and coconut extracts. For this, medium-low speed is best; beat for about 2 minutes.

Slowly add the powdered sugar while the mixer is on low and mix until smooth.

Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with the toasted coconut.

More tasty looking coffee cupcake recipes

The Little Kitchen – The Best Homemade Chocolate Cake Ever

Cupcake Project – Coffee Cupcakes: The Magic of Meringue

Cupcake Bakeshop – Doughnuts and Coffee Cupcakes

MunatyCooking – Coffee Cupcakes

 

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Thai Iced Coffee http://steamykitchen.com/16139-thai-iced-coffee-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/16139-thai-iced-coffee-recipe.html#comments Mon, 13 Jun 2011 15:05:49 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=16139 Learn how to make Thai Iced Coffee!

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Back in my bad-girl motorcycle days at UCLA, my friends and I would ride our bikes along the famous and curvy Sunset Boulevard that bordered the northern end of school. Our destination was a Thai restaurant that I don’t recall the name of. On a motorcycle at night, the ride exhilarating on Sunset Boulevard, zipping between fancy cars with famous people (who drive too fast) and gawking tourists (who drive too slow).

Flaming hot curry, “barbecue” chicken and Thai iced coffee were our must-orders. The meal was cheap. The restaurant opened until 2am and the coffee kept me awake and alert doing all-nighters, which happened quite often.

What makes this iced coffee so different from anything you’ve had before is the infusion of cardamom into the half and half. Cardamom gives the coffee a warm-spice flavor. You can use either green or black cardamom (the black cardamom is cheaper), or in a pinch, ground cardamom.

 

 

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Servings: serves 4 Prep Time: 5 Cook Time: 15
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When making Thai Iced Coffee, I brew very strong coffee by doubling the amount of coffee grounds than I normally use. This makes sure that the iced coffee is perfectly balanced and not diluted. If you can't find whole cardamom pods, substitute with 1/4 teaspoon of ground cardamom. Big thanks to Adam and Joanne for helping me with this recipe!

Ingredients:

4 cups double-strength brewed coffee
2 cups half-and-half or cream
3 tablespoons granulated sugar (add more to taste)
3 cardamom pods (or 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom)
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
ice

Directions:

1. The first step is to smash the cardamom pods to release its flavor and aroma. You can do this with your mortar & pestle - just gently tap the pods until the outer shell is cracked. If you don't have a mortar & pestle, place the pods on a cutting board and with a heavy chef's knife, use the bottom of the handle to smash the pod.

2. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring half-and-half or cream, sugar and cardamom pods to a simmer, turn off the heat and allow to steep for 15 minutes.
Remove the cardamom pods then add the almond extract.

3. Fill 4 tall glasses to the brim with ice. Divide the flavored half-and-half or cream between each of the 4 glasses. Then slowly pour the coffee into each glass.

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Tiramisu Cupcakes http://steamykitchen.com/12625-tiramisu-cupcakes.html http://steamykitchen.com/12625-tiramisu-cupcakes.html#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 16:28:45 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=12625 I just have to put it out there that if I’m going to spend the calories on a dessert, it should satisfy not only my sweet (and salty) tooth, but also take care of my boozy tooth too. Specifically, desserts that include some sort of dunking, spritzing or drizzling of alcohol that can make my toes tingle is a good ...

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I just have to put it out there that if I’m going to spend the calories on a dessert, it should satisfy not only my sweet (and salty) tooth, but also take care of my boozy tooth too. Specifically, desserts that include some sort of dunking, spritzing or drizzling of alcohol that can make my toes tingle is a good thing. Especially Tiramisu.

So while the recipe for these cupcakes calls for a quick brushing of coffee liqueur before the topping goes on, feel free to do as I did and brushed liberally….and then help yourself to another shot for your afternoon coffee. I promise, I won’t tell.

While traditional Tiramisu is multiple layers of ladyfingers, coffee liqueur, mascarpone and cream, this cupcake is simpler to make, only 2 eggs (some recipes call for 7 egg yolks!) and no overnight wait.

There are still layers in this cupcake! Rich, fudgy chocolate cake, then a brushing of coffee liqueur, then creamy mascarpone cheese, then whipped cream and lastly chocolate shavings.

The surprise in this recipe is that cake mix is used, but instead of following the directions on the box, the mix is combined with sour cream, 2 eggs, coffee granules and just a couple tablespoons of water. This creates a batter is thick, almost fudge-like and makes the cupcakes rich and intensely coffee-chocolaty.

I didn’t have instant coffee granules, so I ground my coffee on the finest setting instead and it was perfect. I got a nice crunch texture using regular coffee.

Here’s Pampered Chef’s Deluxe Mini Muffin Pan – each cup holds about 1 1/2 tablespoons of filling, which makes these the cutest mini-cupcakes ever. You can use a regular muffin pan too.

The mascarpone layer is so simple – just combine the mascarpone cheese with powdered sugar and vanilla extract.

After the cupcakes are baked, you’ll immediately use something to make indentations for the mascarpone layer.

I used the Pampered Chef Mini Tart-Shaper tool dipped in powdered sugar, but you can use the bottom of a shot glass or any other item you can find in the kitchen to make the indentations. You have to do this while the cupcakes are still hot from the oven.

A veeerrry nice brushing of coffee liqueur (like Kahlua) is next, and then pop them out to cool completely on a rack.

The mascarpone cheese filling goes into a plastic bag with the tip snipped off and piped into the indentation.

You can use a pastry bag if you want, but a plastic bag works just fine.

And then the whipped cream (I used my fancy ISI whipped cream maker thingy)

Lastly, shaved chocolate.

This Tiramisu Cupcake recipe comes from Pampered Chef – I recently flew over to their HQ in Chicago to film their very first live cooking show and made these Pumpkin Whoopie Pies.

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Servings: Yields 12 regular cupcakes or 48 mini cupcakes if using Pampered Chef Deluxe Mini Muffin Pan Prep Time: Cook Time:
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Recipe adapted from Pampered Chef. If you are using Pampered Chef's Mini Muffin Pan, you'll need to bake the cakes in 2 batches.

To substitute coffee liqueur, combine 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tbsp instant coffee granules and 1 tsp rum extract. Microwave, uncovered, on high 1–2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved; cool.

Ingredients:

For the Cupcakes:
1 box any brand devil's food cake mix
1/2 cup sour cream
2 eggs
2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
3 tablespoons waterFor the Topping Layers:
1/3 cup coffee liqueur
16 ounces mascarpone or cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups thawed frozen whipped topping (or 1 pint regular whipped cream)
Shaved chocolate or unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray the muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray or just rub the insides with cooking oil.

2. To make the cakes, combine the cake mix, combine cake mix, sour cream, egg, coffee granules and water. The batter should be thick.

If using regular sized muffin pans: divide batter evenly among cups of pan. Bake 10-12 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean.

If using Pampered Chef Deluxe Mini Muffin Pan: spoon 1 tablespoon of filling in each cup. Bake 8-10 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Repeat with remaining batter.

3. Meanwhile, mix together the mascarpone cheese, just 1/4 cup of powdered sugar, vanilla extract. Put in plastic bag for piping and set aside. You can also place your whipped topping in a plastic bag for piping and refrigerate until needed. Place remaining 2 tablespoons of the powered sugar in a small bowl and have your tart-shaper (or whatever you will use to create the indentations) ready.

4. When the cakes are done, immediately make the indentations with the tart-shaper. Dip the tart-shaper in the powdered sugar to prevent the cake from sticking to tart-shaper. Brush the tops of each cake with the coffee liqueur. Move the cakes to a cooling rack to cool completely.

5. Trim corners of both bags. Pipe filling over cakes. Pipe whipped topping over filling. Sprinkle with shaved chocolate or cocoa powder.

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Cardamom Coffee Zucchini Bread http://steamykitchen.com/1382-cardamom-coffee-zucchini-bread.html http://steamykitchen.com/1382-cardamom-coffee-zucchini-bread.html#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2008 02:05:13 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/blog/?p=1382 We were quite a boring family when I grew up in North Platte, Nebraska. There just weren’t very many super exciting things for a Chinese immigrant family to do in the small town and we lived on a dirt road, across from the empty field lot, next to the traffic light in the middle of nowhere. Usually on weekends, we’d ...

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Cardamom Coffee Zucchini Bread

We were quite a boring family when I grew up in North Platte, Nebraska. There just weren’t very many super exciting things for a Chinese immigrant family to do in the small town and we lived on a dirt road, across from the empty field lot, next to the traffic light in the middle of nowhere. Usually on weekends, we’d stay at home. But once every couple of months, when we were feeling a bit frisky and itchin’ for some variety, we’d all pack in our puke green Chevrolet Impala station wagon (complete with the lovely wood paneled sides) and drive to the nearest Asian market – Denver, Colorado, which was four and half hours away and four and a half hours back. It was good to be near our peeps, stock up on Asian ingredients and pick up a Chinese newspaper, our only link to what was happening back home. Oh, those were wild times.

My parents kept themselves occupied at home by building and tending to a ginormous backyard garden where we grew a bunch of Chinese vegetables and also all the normal Midwest garden stuff like corn, raspberries, watermelon and zucchini.

I hated the garden. No, hate is not a strong enough word. I’d rather spend my day picking rabid gnats off a monkey’s back than to tend to the half-acre of time sucking, weed wrestling, no-good garden. Oh, I’m sure my family enjoyed the fresh fruits and vegetables that we grew…but I don’t really remember that. All I remember were the weeds and zucchini. I don’t know what kind of ancient Chinese squid brain fertilizer my dad used, but damn, that stuff was potent, particularly favoring the zucchini.

My job was to go out into the garden every day, pull them stupid ‘ol weeds and then haul back the day’s squash harvest. We’d pile them up on our picnic table in the patio, stuff them in the refrigerator, canned them for the pantry (gross) and offer basketfuls to our neighbors. Pretty soon I was running out of room and ended up chucking them down the basement stairs just to temporarily have a place to store them. But then I’d forget and rotting zucchini smelled quite awful.

Mom made batches and batches of zucchini bread and would send me to school with loaves of zucchini bread to bribe my school teacher with. Very quickly, it became clear that the bribe was beginning to have adverse effects, especially after third loaf of zucchini bread in seven days, so I started chucking the zucchini bread into random, unlocked parked cars on my way to school. But then, I think people were tired of sitting down into their car seats and “squish” finding freshly squashed squash bread. They started locking their doors.

Well, I’ll tell you what. After all those years of making zucchini bread, I swear, my mom has perfected the recipe. So, when I challenged Chef Greg Howe of the Ritz Carlton to a Iron Chef-like competition and found out that the not-so-secret secret ingredient was zucchini, I called my mom for her recipe. And then I tweaked it ever so slightly to include two of my latest obsessions – coffee and cardamom.

By the way, Chef Greg kicked my butt in the competition. If you are ever in Sarasota, treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at the Ritz Carlton. Chef Greg is a master of packing bursts of fresh flavors in the most delicate, light textures. His unique Popcorn Bisque is a must-try. Just don’t order their zucchini bread dessert…I think mom’s was better!  😉

So, here’s my version of Cardamom Coffee Zucchini Bread.

Cardamom Coffee Zucchini Bread

3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon table salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 tablespoon finely ground coffee beans
3 eggs
1 cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 cups shredded zucchini
One 8.5oz can crushed pineapple

Preheat your oven to 350F.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, ground cardamom and espresso.

In your mixer, beat the eggs with the canola oil, sugar and the brown sugar. Add the zucchini and crushed pineapple. Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour mixture, half at a time, letting it mix in between. Do not over mix.

Spray 2 loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray. Divide the batter in half and fill. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

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Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Cafe Sua Da) http://steamykitchen.com/492-vietnamese-iced-coffee.html http://steamykitchen.com/492-vietnamese-iced-coffee.html#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2008 19:24:39 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/blog/?p=492 Thanks to two of of my fellow Asian bloggers WhiteOnRice and Wandering Chopsticks, I learned a few secrets to some great recipes that I shared on TV last month…come take a look at the video. When you get to ABC’s site, click on FEATURED VIDEO right below recipe name. Vietnamese iced coffee is almost like a dessert to me – ...

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Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Cafe Sua Da)Thanks to two of of my fellow Asian bloggers WhiteOnRice and Wandering Chopsticks, I learned a few secrets to some great recipes that I shared on TV last month…come take a look at the video.

When you get to ABC’s site, click on FEATURED VIDEO right below recipe name.

Vietnamese iced coffee is almost like a dessert to me – sweet, lush and I could just savor it little sip by little sip.

I’ll show you how to make Vietnamese Iced Coffee, or Cafe Sua Da (in Vietnamese):


How to make Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Cafe Sua Da)

1) French roast medium coarse ground coffee: You can use any type of coffee really, many Vietnamese use Cafe Du Monde French Roast Chicory coffee, but as long as the coffee is medium coarse ground, you can use it. Fine ground coffee would fall right through the little holes of the coffee press.

2) Sweetened condensed milk: It’s the sweet, sticky, thick stuff – NOT evaporated milk! No substitutions here!

3) Vietnamese coffee press: Found at any Asian market – usually between $1.50 and $4.00. Here are some resources.

4) 2 glasses: one filled to the brim with ice.

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Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Cafe Sua Da)

Step 1: Add 2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk to a glass

Add grounds

Step 2: Add 2 tablespoons of ground coffee to the base of the coffee press
Note: if you want a much stronger coffee, Wandering Chopsticks recommends to wet the grounds just a bit to let them expand. About a spoonful of water should do the trick!

Screw on the press tight

Step 3: Screw on the press tight. The coffee should be packed well.

Pour boiling hot water

Step 4: Pour boiling hot water into the coffee press.

Cover

Cover with its little hat.
Step 5: Wait. It will drip veeerrrry….veeerrrry slowly.

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The longer it takes, the stronger the coffee. Notice that there are only a few drops per second. For me, I can’t wait any longer than 5 minutes. If the coffee is dripping too fast, then use a small spoon or tip of knife to screw the press on tighter, 1 turn clockwise. Or if it’s dripping too slow, unscrew 1 turn counterclockwise.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe

While it’s dripping, go get some ice in a glass. You’ve got nothing else to do!

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Step 6: Once it’s finished, stir well.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe

You can set your coffee maker on top of its overturned lid to prevent dripping onto your nice table.
Step 7: Pour over ice and enjoy!

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