From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...These days, the guests I most appreciate wear overalls and boots and come with an extra pair of helping hands. Move or no, once they're on our hillside I like to make our visitors feel welcome and cared for. Sometimes, that is easier said than done, but quick recipes such as this one for a festive flavored coffee make that easier to accomplish. While this coffee is effortless to make, it is rich and delicious and most definitely a special brew meant for special people. I'm happy to tell you that the coffee is just as good when prepared with flavor extracts as it is when made with fancy liqueurs. If you are partial to sweet things, I suggest you use the full measure of brown sugar to make this, but if your tastes run to the barely sweet cut back accordingly. I do hope you'll give this recipe a try. I know those of you who do will be really pleased with the results. Here is how the coffee is made.
Rich Hazelnut Coffee...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Taste of Home magazine
3 cups hot brewed coffee
1/4 to 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup half-and-half cream
1/4 cup hazelnut or almond liqueur or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Whipped cream and instant espresso powder, optional
1) In a large saucepan, combine coffee, brown sugar and butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Stir in cream. Heat through.
2) Remove from heat and stir in liqueur or extract. Ladle into mugs. Garnish with whipped cream and dust with espresso powder if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
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