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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mini Coffee Almond Teacakes

Last week I enjoyed a fabulous lunch in Dallas with several people who've been working on my cookbook.  I'm truly blessed by the talented team designing, editing, and photographing this project. Our meal featured quick, witty humor and loads of laughter. The following day we shot the book's cover photo. My mom and grandma came so David could get a photo of us to include in the book. It was special have the three of us there, especially since I've been greatly influenced by their teaching. The shoot was a blast for the first 2 hours, but then I started having thoughts like, "I'd kind-of rather wash my face, put on my worn-in apron, and cook at home with my kids." I realized I'm definitely most comfortable at home, at the stove. Don't get me wrong, the photo shoot was fantastic, but not exactly something I want to on a regular basis.

The week full of meetings allowed another bonus - visiting nearby family.  My Dad and I visited a brand-new Whole Foods off I-75; it was the biggest one I've ever seen.  It featured a wine and cheese bar, kombucha on tap (woot!), and 20 different types of sugar sold in bulk - just to name a few things.  For those of you in the Dallas area, it's definitely worth a visit.  I think I'd go broke if I shopped there every week. 

After I got back home I was thrilled to throw on my "well-worn" apron again (my friends actually made me buy a new one because they say it's not attractive . . . I wear the new one when they're around and pull out the old one when they're not). I jumped right back into the process of creating and baking again. I actually intended to give you a recipe for Thai chicken wraps, but the pictures didn't communicate how delicious they were, so I switched gears and popped in these mini chocolate coffee cakes. They only took 5 minutes to get in the oven and are as tasty as they are cute. The spongy little cakes are subtly sweet and great for tea. 

Mini Coffee Almond Tea Cakes
Adapted from Donna Hay
Makes 12 tea cakes

2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1/3 cup plus 1 teaspoon organic whole cane sugar or Sucanat (ground in a coffee grinder until a fine powder), to read more about this sweetener click here
1/4 cup almond meal
2 teaspoons instant herbal coffee (such as Dandyblend)
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 egg whites
12 coffee beans
1/4 cup brandy

Preheat oven to 355° F and adjust rack to middle position.  Stir together the flour, whole cane sugar, almond meal, herbal coffee, butter, and egg whites until combined.  Spoon into a lightly-greased mini muffin tin.  Top each muffin with a coffee bean and bake for 12 minutes.  Remove from oven and drizzle each muffin with brandy.  Set aside for 5 minutes and then turn muffins out onto a cooling rack.  Serve at room temperature.


Blogger Julie said...

how do you think it would taste with instant espresso or instant coffee instead of the herbal coffee?

i will probably just try it and post my results when i am home in a week :)

May 4, 2010 at 7:02 AM  
Blogger Gail said...

I was wondering when you were going to tempt us with your delicious goodies again. :) The cakes look delicious...and I'm glad your shoot went off without a hitch. ;) Oh...and I'm definitely going to have to check out that Whole Foods....I live about 10 minutes from it.


May 4, 2010 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger Ali Naomi said...

I am SO excited for your cookbook! I've already saved a ton of your recipes for my fiance and me. Excited about trying the homemade pasta recipe!

May 4, 2010 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger Deliciously Organic said...

Julie: Instant espresso would be a great substitute. That is what the recipe originally called for. Hope you like them! They are so lite, I could have eaten the whole pan! :)

May 4, 2010 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

What a fabulous breakfast treat. I am very excited for your cookbook! Congrats!

May 4, 2010 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger El said...

How wonderful that you were able to include your family in the photo shoot. I suspect it will make the book that more meaningful when it's released. And the teacakes...yum!

May 4, 2010 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger Helene said...

Well next time, for your second book, since everyone will know who you are by then, we'll just put a picture of a pretty cupcake...

Just saying :)

In the meantime, send me some of these, will you?!

May 4, 2010 at 10:56 AM  
Anonymous marla {family fresh cooking} said...

I keep meaning to ask you about your photo shoot. Glad to hear it went well! So nice to see the photos of you all having a great time together! Your mini teacakes look amazing :)

May 4, 2010 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Mari Nuñez said...

Congratulations...wish you the best! I am pretty sure the pictures came out great! It is so nice to have the privilege to share these special moments in ones life with beloved family members. I am excited about the book too, I am sure there will be lots of things to learn, the only thing I am not sure I will be able to get it here in DR.

Thank you for these Coffee Almond Teacakes, a will do" for me.

Blessings : D

May 5, 2010 at 5:41 AM  
Blogger Tia said...

they look healthy AND yummy!

May 5, 2010 at 9:56 PM  

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