11.21.2011

Secret Recipe Club: Gingerbread Coffee

Today is “reveal day” for our group of the Secret Recipe Club, created by Amanda of Amanda's Cookin'. The club has grown so quickly that Amanda has had to create four different SRC groups, and we are in Group C. Each month, the participants are assigned a blog to try a recipe from, but the bloggers don't know who has their blog until reveal day (which is today!). It's really fun both to try other foodies' recipes and to see what they do with your own.

Our November assignment was The Avid Appetite, written by food lover Rachel, who has tons of great recipes on her blog, from savory to sweet. One that really caught our eye was the recipe for making gingerbread coffee syrup. Rather than paying ridiculous prices for specialty coffee drinks, Rachel offers ideas on how to make them at home. This particular one was calling our name as we enter the chilly holiday season. We know it will be great for Thanksgiving morning when we're out with the rest of the neighborhood watching the Manchester Road Race (in its 75th year!).

Take molasses


Add brown sugar, spices and water and let it become syrup


 
Not being fans of sugar substitutes, the only "substitute" we made to Rachel's recipe was to use real brown sugar rather than Splenda. Sweet, warm and full of gingerbread spiciness, this coffee reminded us of the coziness of the holidays, and is one we'll make again and again.

Gingerbread Coffee

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons molasses
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
coffee, prepared the way you like it                                                        

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine molasses, brown sugar, waer, cinnamon and ginger. Continue cooking, stirring often, until mixture thickens and has a syrupy consistency, about five minutes. Meanwhile, prepare hot (or iced!) coffee the way you like it. Add two tablespoons of gingerbread syrup to coffee, stir well and enjoy by a warm fire.


25 comments:

Chris said...

What a great twist on coffee! And, perfect for the chilly weather. Great pic for this month!

Monica @ TheYummyLife said...

LOVE this recipe. I'm trying it this morning. Seriously. Great SRC pick.

The Mom Chef said...

If I hadn't had all the coffee I allow myself already today, I'd be rummaging through the cabinet for the molasses! Great pick for the reveal. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

nancy at good food matters said...

Nice! This would be one terrific cup to wake up to!
Happy Thanksgiving--

adventuresindinner said...

This looks fab! I miss seeing that race :-)

Rhonda said...

Divine and cozy, I can imagine the aroma that must come off that cup of coffee! Bet it would be good with some rum in it...yeah I'm a boozer around the holidays.

Cookin' Cowgirl said...

BUZZ! That sounds so delicious!!

Devon @ deli-cute-essen said...

Oh this looks so good. Especially today (It is actually starting to cool down here in Montreal.

BigBearswife said...

oooo I wish I had some now!

Jennifurla said...

What a lovely treat, nice for a chilly day.

Teri@thefreshmancook said...

Sounds delicious! You can never go wrong with gingerbread!

Aimee @ Chickenville said...

How funny, I just made some of this the other day. It's wonderful! You can easily turn it into pumpkin spice coffee or latte by altering the recipe a little (see my blog if you want the recipe).

I was trying to think how I could set it up as a Christmas gift for people. I guess put the molasses in a little container?? Any ideas?

Eliotseats said...

What a great beverage for holiday parties!

Contract Coffee Roasters said...

This is so good paired with hot drinks, now im craving. :)

Cody

Sara said...

This looks fantastic! I really want to learn how to make flavored coffee at home so I can stop spending so much money at Starbucks!! :)

Jo said...

Yum! And I was just thinking I needed to find some recipes for flavored creamers for all the holiday gatherings coming up, gingerbread sounds so good! Great SRC pick!

Anne@frommysweetheart said...

Oh you guys....what a great choice! I love gingerbread lattes...but hate paying the price for them no matter how good they are! What a great recipe to share. I can smell and taste it now! : )

Kita said...

How cute! I love the idea of sprucing up coffee for the holidays!

Jayasri Ravi said...

beautiful twist to the coffee, love to try it out..., good choice for SRC at this time of the weather...

Rachel @ The Avid Appetite said...

Beautiful photos! I'm so happy that you made this recipe and enjoyed it :) And I'm so excited to have found your blog!!

marla said...

Love the sound of this coffee! You chose a great recipe for the Secret Recipe club. Here is what I cooked up from group C: http://su.pr/1HICCz :)

Lo-mo said...

This coffee sounds absolutely divine!!!

Rehan said...

very nice post
good work well done

Karen said...

Oh yum! I just finished my first cup of coffee. Going to make this right now for my second :)

Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy said...

Yum! I love the molasses base. I've only ever made gingerbread coffee using a simple syrup made with ginger and other spices. I will have to try this!