Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Little Caffeine Addiction

RileyAdamsFoodBlogPostpic_thumb_thumb Something happened to me the last few months. My carefully-controlled caffeine addiction went spiraling out of control! I’ll place the blame on assorted deadlines, my precious (but apparently sickly) children, and days that are about 10 hours too short.

Now I’m pretty far over my head. A few cups in the morning, a nice little eye-opener in the afternoon. Oh! A friend wants to have coffee with me? No problem! I am there!

CleoCoyle-BookCover My fellow Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen cook, Cleo Coyle, has a whole series devoted to my current craving—The Coffeehouse Mysteries. She’s a true co-coffee lover and I have great admiration for her—if I wrote about coffee, I think I’d have to get up and have a cup every time I wrote the word. I’d never get the book written!

So, onto the recipe du jour. I started thinking about how warm temperatures are finally here (or, at least, they’re here in North Carolina.) Having an ice coffee would be another way to enjoy coffee, despite the temperatures. Or, maybe, I could even bring the punch to the next gathering (it will be a Brownie Scout function, but –hey! the grown-ups need punch, too!) And then, as I was looking through some (really, really old) recipes, I found one for Coffee Punch. This makes a lot of punch….50 servings. Obviously, this is intended for a summer party. Or…maybe just for me. Smiley

Coffee Punch

Coffee Punch 1 gallon strong coffee :)
1 pint heavy cream
2 quarts vanilla ice cream
2 quarts chocolate ice cream
5 t vanilla
5 T sugar

Chill coffee. Mix sugar and vanilla into heavy cream and add to the chilled coffee. When you’re ready to serve the punch, place ice cream (sliced into thin slices) in the punch bowl and pour coffee over it. Mix well before serving.

There wasn’t quite so much in the cup because I kept tasting it. I tasted it out of the goodness of my heart, of course—I couldn’t share a recipe with y’all without making sure it was good…. Smiley

Delicious and Suspicious (July 6 2010) Riley Adams
Pretty is as Pretty Dies –Elizabeth Spann Craig

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  1. Oh I love it. You've combined two of my favorite ingredients in this - coffee and ice cream. No way you could go wrong with ingredients like that. This will be just the thing for summer outings. BTW, thanks for making sure it was good. Now that's dedication. :)

  2. Love seeing punch recipes, and made with coffee and ice cream...oh boy!!! Thank you taste testing; some cooks are just so good that way.

  3. Oh yum. I would love a cup of this right now.

  4. It's hard to go wrong with anything coffee-flavored. That's one reason I live in New England--they always include coffee in the flavors available for ice-cream concoctions (but don't ask me to explain a frappe).

    I know of only one exception. When I was young, my mother decided to experiment with a Swedish recipe for leg of lamb--with coffee. Coffee with cream. She never tried that again.

  5. What a sweet surprise. (And a thousand thank yous for the unexpected java plug. You made my day!)

    Well, of course, this recipe is right up my dark, java-lovin' alley, and it's a dang shame we're not neighbors or I'd be in your kitchen right now, helping you "test" that punch, right down to the bottom of the bowl. This one's a real keeper, especially for our sweltering New York Augusts.

    Cheers, Riley, and take it easy on that bean juice. To paraphrase Twain (I think it was Twain). Everything in moderation--including moderation. :-)


  6. Since I am the only coffee drinker in my family, I'd have to drink all of that punch myself. :) The sugar and caffeine high might last for days, mwahahaha!

  7. I'm so with you on this one! Coffee AND chocolate AND ice cream??? Please.

  8. 7 comments:

    Mason--It just doesn't get any better than ice cream and coffee. :) And, yes, I am VERY dedicated to my taste testing.

    Katy--I suffer for my blog! Only the best for our readers. :)

    Juju--I'll have one for you! :)

    Sheila--Leg of lamb with coffee...hmm. Well, at this point in time, *anything* with coffee sounds good. Still, though...hmm..

    Cleo--I love Twain's pearls of wisdom! Yeah, I need to take it easy. I have a tendency toward hyperactivity anyway, and it doesn't help. Except, WOW I get stuff done!

    Janel--Or it *won't* last for days. :) We'll have to be peeled off the ceiling!

    Jeanne--And heavy cream and sugar! :) It's *wonderful* for you! Ah well...we all need a special treat, right? We *deserve* it!

  9. Oh, wow, ice cream and coffee. I have to admit, there are plenty of times I've added a dollop of vanilla ice cream to my coffee and it's fabulous, but add the extra sugar and chocolate and wow! I'm definitely thirsty! Thanks.

  10. This sounds amazing! Coffee, ice cream, heavy cream - all my favorite food groups.

    I'm adding Cleo's series to my TBR list - it sounds like something I'd enjoy, along with my afternoon latte.

  11. Avery--Yes, even MORE sugar! Because ice cream just isn't sugary enough. :)

    Ingrid--All my favorites, too! And Cleo's books would definitely provide the perfect accompaniment! :)

  12. I love coffee hot, cold or frozen! It really doesn't matter. This is an excellent recipe for me (deadlines looming)! Thanks for sharing!

  13. where's the rum???

    I had no idea how much i needed a morning cup of coffee til the pot in my temp permanent housing broke after our first week. It took 3 days to get replaced, and I hated them all

  14. Jenn--Deadlines---eeekkkk! I'm right there with you. Sigh!

    Dave--Ah...that would be after-5 version of my recipe! After a long day of writing and revising I think a dab or two of rum in this concoction would be a nice treat.

    A broken coffeepot!!?? Now I'm going to have nightmares...

  15. The ice cream cinched it for me. But how would you convince the kids not to drink it? Hmm, the adults would have to hoard it in a back room!

    ~ Krista