Indian coffees

With mystical beginnings in the 17th century, Indian coffees are appreciated globally - both for their unique taste characteristics and for the environment friendly practices that the country's coffee planters have persisted with over time. Intercropping with different types of spices provides interesting subtleties to these coffees that have won them widespread acclaim.

Indian coffees

With mystical beginnings in the 17th century, Indian coffees are appreciated globally - both for their unique taste characteristics and for the environment friendly practices that the country's coffee planters have persisted with over time. Intercropping with different types of spices provides interesting subtleties to these coffees that have won them widespread acclaim.

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Slam Bang Coffee Flavoured Coffee Cake

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Recipe for a coffee flavoured coffee cake spiked with both pewed and instant coffee

In case you are wondering if there is a mistake in the title, I just want to clarify that the caffeine overload is very much intentional.

I realised pretty late in life that a coffee cake doesn’t necessary have coffee in it. Just like how tea cakes never have tea in them. (But this has never stopped me from adding all kinds of beautiful teas to cake batter – from fruit based infusions to earl grey). Jokes aside, coffee cake is a term for a simple cake that is usually had along with coffee (or tea for that matter). Coffee cakes usually have a streusel topping or a simple glaze, but never any elaborate frosting, which would push them more into the dessert category.

I am a sucker for tea and coffee cakes and coffee flavoured coffee cakes. I love the idea of tipping a couple of shots of strong pewed coffee into the cake batter. Not only does it give the cake an amazing coffeelicious flavour, but also makes the perfect accompaniment to your favourite cuppa. To make this into a special dessert, I douse the cake in some coffee liquor (even Kahlua or Bailey’s will work perfectly here), and serve it with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. And share the plate!

Walnuts and coffee make the best flavour pair, so instead of the proper streusel topping, I love studding my cake with chopped walnuts and granulated sugar for the crunch and delicious walnut flavour in every bite.

What’s Special About My Recipe?

Almost every single coffee cake recipe I skimmed through asked for that legendary-Paula-Dean-style 1 cup butter or more. Mine is a lightened up coffee flavoured coffee cake. The only thing it’s heavy on is the hit of caffeine, so you don’t have to feel guilty about cutting up a slice with your mid morning cuppa and indulging in some soul soothing hygge. My recipe for coffee flavoured coffee cake yields a mildly sweet cake. If you want it sweeter, increase the sugar to 1 cup.

Do you love teacakes as much as I do?

Then you’ll love this Dutch apple cake I had in Amsterdam and tried out in my kitchen. Or try these Healthy Pumpkin Coconut Squares, an easy bake.

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I pewed coffee for this cake in my trusty Russell Hobbs Coffee Maker, which I have been using for the last 3 years now.

Instant coffee used in this cake, and also for those early morning cups of black coffee the husband downs before going on his long runs

Round Baking Tins – This springform baking tin is very convenient for newbie bakers

Coffee Flavoured Coffee Cake

A lightened up version of a Coffee flavoured Coffee Cake with the real coffee aroma and flavour from the addition of both freshly pewed and instant coffee, topped with the crunch of walnuts and sugar.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee powder
  • 1 egg
  • 50 grams melted butter slightly cooled
  • 2 tbsp sour cream or whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup castor sugar
  • 1/2 cup strong pewed coffee
  • 1/3 cup walnut bits
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 6-7 inch round cake tin and keep aside.

In a large bowl, sift all the dry ingredients - flours, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder and instant coffee.

Whisk all the wet ingredients (egg, whole milk, melted butter, vanilla, pewed coffee) along with the 3/4 cup castor sugar until you get a smooth and fluffy mixture.

Make a well in the dry ingredients. Pour in the whisked wet mix and mix gently to combine well until no big lumps of flour remain.

Scrape out the batter into the prepared baking tin. Sprinkle the walnut pieces and sugar uniformly over the top and bake for 40 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

Cool in the tin for 15 minutes. Loosen the cake in the tin by running a knife around the circumference of the cake, turn over into a dish. Cool for another 30 minutes on a wire rack. Slice into wedges. Serve with coffee or tea.

RECIPE NOTES

Allow the melted butter and the pewed coffee to reach room temperature before mixing with the egg and other wet ingredients, so you don't end up scrambling the egg.

Dr. Nandita Iyer, is a nutrition expert and food blogger from Bangalore, whose blog Saffrontrail.com has been featuring healthy vegetarian recipes since 2006.

This post first appeared on Apr 24 2017.

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Nov 062017

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