Last month, I attended a conference in San Diego and if you’ve ever been to one, you know that mid-day, you need a pick-me-up. Well, I’m not a big coffee drinker (love me some Chai-tea), but when I walked past the Coffee-Mate station, I just couldn’t resist. It smelled just that good.
They have a new all-natural dairy coffee creamers that have just a hint of flavor that launched during the conference. “Natural Bliss” is simply delicious! They use just four ingredients: milk, cream, sugar and natural flavors in their Caramel, Sweet Cream and Vanilla flavors. The impact is ‘WOW’ and a new way to add flavor, naturally to your drink. If you’re like me, I’m tired of all the ‘added flavors’…give me the real thing. Well, they do just that and if the line all three days was any indication if people liked it, then you should run and get some now. Oh, they are also Kosher and gluten-free. So if you’re looking to actually enhance the taste of your coffee this is a must try.
You know I can’t have you just drink coffee….here are some yummy and easy recipes to try. Today is my first day for New York Fashion Week an you can be, this is how I’m starting my day…especially the next 9 days. Because I love to share great finds, I have coupons for FREE bottles, to give away. How do you like your coffee? “Like” Coffee-Mate on twitter and tweet me @bridalease (insert the new flavor you want to try). I’ll send it out to the first 10 people who reply.
Iced Caramel Bliss Coffee
1 cup ground dark roast coffee
2 cups purified water, divided
Caramel Flavor NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE NATURAL BLISS All-Natural Coffee Creamer
PLACE coffee in nonreactive container like a glass pitcher or stainless steel bowl. Add ¼ cup water; stir gently to moisten. Add remaining 1 ¾ cups water; stir gently. Cover; let steep at room temperature for 12 hours.
STRAIN coffee concentrate through a medium sieve, then again through a fine-mesh sieve.
TO MAKE ICED COFFEE, fill glass with ice. Top with 1/2 cup coffee concentrate and 3 tablespoons Coffee-mate.
Fresh Strawberries with Sweet Cream Bliss Topping – Yield: 25
1 container (8 ounces) light or fat free frozen whipped topping, thawed
1/2 cup Sweet Cream Flavor NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE NATURAL BLISS All-Natural Coffee Creamer
25 to 50 large fresh strawberries
Raw or brown sugar (optional)
COMBINE whipped topping and Coffee-mate in large bowl; stir gently to combine. Spoon about 2 tablespoons mixture into small individual bowls; top with 1 to 2 strawberries. Sprinkle with sugar.
Simple Tiramisu – Yield: 9
Big on flavor, this easy-to-make dessert is drizzled with a unique coffee mixture that will tantalize taste buds with every bite.
1 container (8 ounces) mascarpone cheese
1/4 cup Fat Free Cinnamon Vanilla Crème or Italian Sweet Crème Flavor NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE Liquid Coffee Creamer
1 container (8 ounces) frozen light whipped topping, thawed
3/4 cup hot water
1 tablespoon NESCAFÉ TASTER’S CHOICE House Blend 100% Pure Instant Coffee Granules
2 tablespoons coffee liqueur or brandy
2 packages (3 to 3.5 ounces each) soft ladyfingers*, divided
2 tablespoons NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa, divided
COMBINE mascarpone cheese and Coffee-mate in large bowl; stir until smooth. Fold in whipped topping.
PLACE water and coffee granules in small glass measuring cup; stir until dissolved. Stir in liqueur.
PLACE half of ladyfingers over bottom of 9-inch-square baking dish. Drizzle half of coffee mixture evenly over ladyfingers. Top with half of whipped topping mixture. Dust with 1 tablespoon cocoa. Top with remaining ladyfingers. Drizzle with remaining coffee mixture. Top with remaining whipped topping mixture. Dust with remaining 1 tablespoon cocoa. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. Can be stored, covered, in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
*NOTE: 32 dry ladyfingers may be used in place of soft. More liquid will be needed, so combine a total of 1 2/3 cups hot water and 3 tablespoons coffee granules in medium bowl. Stir in ¼ cup liqueur. Quickly dip ladyfingers one at a time into mixture (be sure you don’t dip longer than 1 second), then place over bottom of dish.
Honey Vanilla Crème Stuffed French Toast – Yield: 6
2/3 cup low fat ricotta cheese
1/3 cup orange marmalade or apricot preserves
12 slices (about 3/4-inch-thick) firm, day-old French bread
2 large eggs
1/3 cup 1% low fat milk
1/3 cup Honey Vanilla Crème Flavor NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE Liquid Coffee Creamer
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Maple syrup, heated (optional)
COMBINE ricotta cheese and preserves in small bowl; mix well. Spread mixture evenly over 6 bread slices. Top with remaining bread slices to form sandwiches.
BEAT eggs in shallow pan or pie plate; whisk in milk, Coffee-mate and vanilla extract. Whisk in flour and salt.
HEAT large skillet over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Swirl butter into hot skillet. Dip sandwiches in egg mixture, coating both sides. Cook on each side for about 2 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with maple syrup.
Cook’s Tip: Parisian Almond Crème fans, you can substitute Coffee-mate for the milk in this recipe! Just use ½ cup total of the Coffee-mate.