Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Red Velvet Coffee ~ Experimenting with Java
My friend Lauren recently tried a Red Velvet Latte in of all places...a local hospital cafe. She was there to see her friend who had just given birth to a new baby boy, when as fate would have it...she met (in her words), "the most wonderful coffee drink she ever had the pleasure of sipping!"
We've been laughing ever since, thinking of ways she can alter her daily commute just so she can get close again to that, "red velvety goodness!" Possibly changing careers all together...(nursing perhaps???)
Well, that was all this obsessed food blogger had to hear...without having tried the latte myself and without the necessary tools to make the proper latte (ie: an espresso machine)...introducing my attempt at a Red Velvet Coffee. While this is 100% delicious ...(what's not to love???)... I still want to work on perfecting that RED VELVET FLAVOR!
Strong brewed coffee
Almond or Vanilla Extract
Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder
Take strong coffee...here I used a French roast whole bean that I coarsely ground and ran through my French Press. (A standard coffee machine is fine too, just go strong!)
I made a homemade whipped cream:
1 cup heavy cream, 2 teaspoons almond (or vanilla) extract and 1 tablespoon sugar - I hand whipped in a large bowl with a small whisk until soft peaks began to form...about 8 minutes of fast whisking for a beautiful, creamy texture! SO EASY TO MAKE HOMEMADE WHIPPED CREAM!
Once finished with the whisking, I stirred in about one tablespoon of Rose's Grenadine to the homemade whipped cream; this turned the cream pink and added a touch of cherry sweetness flavor.
Taste and add more sugar if you think it needs to be sweeter.
To assemble Red Velvet coffees:
Pour hot coffee into a cup halfway, add a scant tablespoon of dark cocoa powder and stir well to blend.
Then spoon in some of the pink sweet cream and stir again.
Last, top with more cream and sprinkle with a touch of cocoa powder if desired. Here I served with Cherry flavored chocolates. :) What a pretty and delicious treat!