This week is the week to celebrate coffee, so happy coffee week to you! I love coffee, especially the more nutty beans from Columbia and Guatemala. There is ever-conflicting advice about whether coffee is good or bad for your body, and so I go through phases where I drink three esspresso’s daily, and others when I abstain… but seeing as it is coffee week I am writing this with a cosy mug of coffee at my side, made by my wonderful, very old, little Italian Moka Express. (Photo adjacent is my iced frothy coffee, which is best enjoyed on sunnier days!)
It being happy coffee week I thought I would share a couple of my free-from recipes which have the wonderful taste of coffee flowing through them. So today’s post is full of yummy grown up treats for you, which are safe for you make, bake and eat around your allergic bambinos.
I have two absolute favourite cakes, one of them is my walnut and coffee cake. It is gorgeous, an old faithful which I have been making for years. It always feels like such a treat as it’s one of the few bits of baking I do that is not Aaron-centric! (My other absolute favourite cake is my sticky ginger cake – which disappeared from my website when I transferred it so I will have to re-post it soon – Aars’ loves it too!)
To make it an extra happy coffee week I have added my chocolate & coffee kisses, these are scrummy and you can adapt SOME of them so your children can enjoy them too by making a vanilla icing (or peppermint or orange…) to go with the melt-in-your-mouth chocolate biscuits.
The recipe for my vegan coffee icing is also below so you can give your fave chocolate cakes a coffee topping! It works REALLY well in the coffee & walnut cake too. I use a Bialetti Moka Express to make my espresso for these recipes. Super simple, fast and makes a strong hitting, delight to drink coffee. Finally just in case the sun decides to show it’s face this weekend there is my iced coffee recipe (pictured above) – fingers crossed the weather encourages you to make it!