WHERE AND HOW DO I ENTER?
To enter online at the OC Fair Competition site;
1. Go to: http://www.ocfair.com/competitions/How_to_submit.aspx2.
2. Click on Culinary/Beer/Wine
3. Down load PDF of the online Culinary Arts Guide
4. Read all the Guidelines on page 2 and 3.
5. Entry information on the Blog Post Recipe Contest is on page 13.
6. When you enter, provide link to the post in the description line of the online entry form.
7. You may enter 1 entry in each category.
WHERE IS THE CHURRO RECIPE?
The contest is new, but the churros are from an old post I did last year on the opening day at the fair. To get the recipe and read more about the Orange County Fair, click here.
My Favorite Coffee Recipes
Coffee has been gaining popularity in the past years. From speciality coffee stores on every corner to our favorite coffee subscription out of New Mexico, it’s no wonder that it has become a popular flavor for other foods. Coffee also has a ton of health benefits that include the most known benefit of increased energy and focus. Drinking coffee can also help burn fat, fight depression, and prevent certain types of cancers. It has also been said that coffee can help prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, as well as diabetes. For those of us who swear by a strong cup of joe to get us going in the morning, it goes without saying that coffee is a big part of our morning routine and has a permanent spot there- but what if it can be part of our evening routine, as well? Here are 3 delicious coffee-infused desserts to make your mouth water.
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
6 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup butter, cubed
1 cup sugar
6 cups espresso coffee
1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Prepare an 8 inch square cake pan by covering the bottom with parchment paper and then buttering the sides.
3. Mix cocoa, flour and salt together.
4. Melt chocolate and butter together, and add sugar. Add eggs one at a time and beat after each addition until they are completely incorporated.
5. Fold dry ingredients into chocolate mixture with a wooden spoon.
6. Bake for 30 minutes or until outside is crunchy, but inside is still moist and soft.
7. Let cool in cake tin for 4 hours, and remove. Garnish with espresso.
Tip: Espresso can also be mixed right into the batter. Simply add it to the dry ingredients and follow the next steps.
Coffee Walnut Shortbread Bars
1 1/2 cups butter
1 cup icing sugar
1 cup cornstarch
2 cups flour
2 tbsp ground coffee
1 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
2 vanilla beans, no seeds
1 1/3 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
1. Combine butter, icing sugar, corn starch, sea salt and vanilla.
2. Add flour and coffee slowly.
3. Add the walnuts.
4. Mix and bake in an 8-inch square cake pan.
5. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until edges are golden brown and firm to the touch.
Chocolate Espresso Pot de Creme
1 cup and 2 tbsp dark chocolate, chopped small or slivered
1 cup whipping cream
3 tbsp Kahlua liqueur
1/4 cup prepared espresso coffee
2 egg yolks
3 tbsp butter
8-10 espresso cups
1. Place chocolate in a large bowl
2. Bring whipping cream to a simmer in a medium sized sauce pan, and then add Kahlua and espresso. Allow mixture to be heated thoroughly and then pour over chocolate in bowl.
3. Let mixture sit for 1 minute and then stir it together gently. Add the egg yolks. Add butter one table spoon at a time until it is all mixed into the batter.
5. Place raspberries into bottoms of empty espresso cups.
4. Pour chocolate mixture into espresso cups and chill for 2 hours in the refrigerator before serving.
Tip: Fresh out of espresso cups? No problem. Small dessert wine glasses or shot glasses are good substitutes.
Nothing is better than coffee in the morning- except for coffee in your dessert, of course.
So preheat that oven, get cooking, and enjoy!