Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and if you make one of the desserts I posted last time, you might want a little coffee to go with it. I mean, let’s face it, what goes better with gooey desserts than coffee? Usually people don’t have a slice of Boston cream pie with Sierra Mist. 😉 Not to judge if you do. Do your own thing!
If you do choose to go the coffee route with your Valentine’s dessert, let me suggest this Thai coffee. Recently I went to a really great coffee house. It was inside a refurbished old house. The kitchen had been redone to be the front counter of the coffee shop where you order and buy bulk coffee. But then the rest of the rooms like the living room and bedrooms had all been redone with wood floors and cushy sofas and tables to drink your coffee. You could actually take your coffee upstairs and hang out drinking coffee in a bedroom. It might sound a little weird, but you just had to be there. I love weird mom and pop coffee places.
Anyway, what this tangent has all been about is that one of the items on the menu was Thai coffee, which I knew I wanted to try to recreate. I’ve had Thai coffee many times recently, and each time I like it more and more. The only problem is there are so many different ways to make it! There are some basic elements that are the same in each recipe, but others are more open to question. You can add a little whole milk, evaporated milk, or sweetened condensed milk if you are feeling ultra indulgent. But one thing you must add is the cardamom. It totally makes this drink. It’s such a unique coffee that you don’t see everyday.
Now I think this Thai coffee is just begging to be paired with a pie of some kind, perhaps bananas Foster cream pie? Or how about a slice of turtle pie if you want to go ultra rich and gooey. Of course this and a good ol’ scone is also a match made in heaven…and now I’m in the mood for scones.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
- 4 cups brewed coffee
- 4 tbsp evaporated milk, whole milk, or heavy cream, depending on preference
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp ground cardamom
- 1 tsp almond flavoring
- Brew your coffee, then pour it into a heat-proof pitcher.
- Add in sugar, cardomom, and almond flavoring, then give it a stir.
- Refrigerate for a couple hours until cool.
- If you desire, fill your glass with ice before adding the coffee. For each cup of coffee, add 1 tbsp of your preferred milk.