Sometimes it gets the best of you. We had some web hosting issues, but we’re up and running again. I unfortunately lost all my past posts
and didn’t have everything backed up, so I’m starting from scratch.
Lesson learned, but I’m okay with it now. 🙂 It’s like a fresh start! I finally found time to sit down and work on the blog again. I will work on re-posting old recipes that I had up while, of course, throwing in new ones.
You might notice that I’ve added a new page – Cakes.by.Anna. Some of you may or may not know that I do in fact take cake/cupcake orders – even French macarons when I’m feeling risky. For my Dallas-Fort Worth readers, this page is for you! I’ve included pricing, flavors and some pictures of sweet treats that I’ve done.
While I might not have a food recipe for you, I do have a simple cold brew coffee concentrate recipe that will help get you through the impending work week. I like to use the Cafe du Monde coffee, I do want to make this with Blue Bottle coffee from back home – I just need to get my hands on a bag or two of their coffee. (Anyone reading this from back home, please send me some!) The ratio is simple of 2 parts water to 1 part coffee grounds. Below is the big batch I make up to last us the week.
Do note, if you’re not wanting to make such a big batch, just follow the 2:1 ratio and you can easily do this in a french press.
Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
- 4 cups ground coffee
- 8 cups water
- In a big pitcher (the one I have is about 2 quarts), dump in your coffee and pour the water on top
- Mix together with a wooden spoon. I try to get the coffee grounds all mixed in with the water as much as I can
- Cover the pitcher with saran wrap and set aside on your countertop to get happy for about 8-12 hours
- To strain the coffee out, I use a big 4 cup measuring cup, put my fine mesh sieve on top and then a coffee filter inside the sieve. You can also use cheesecloth or paper towel. I’ve done the paper towel before in a pitch and it worked just fine! You just have to replace it more often. I end up going through 2-3 coffee filters throughout this process. As your measuring cup gets full, pour it into your desired container – a big mason jar works or one of those carafes from Ikea.
- Store your concentrate in the refrigerator. You’re all set for an easy pick me up when you’re on the go in morning!
- Remember – this IS a concentrate! The ratio used above is stronnnnng. Don’t forget to dilute this. When I make mine, I use about 1/4-1/3 cup of the concentrate and the rest is ice/water and your choice of milk/creamer/non-dairy milk if you want it.