As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemakers Program I was lucky enough to receive two pounds of Godiva Coffee’s two new seasonal flavors: Pumpkin Spice and Caramel Pecan Bark.
While I love coffee, I’m not a huge fan of flavored coffee. What can I say? I love bitter things. I decided the best way for me to enjoy the coffee wasn’t simply brewing it, but placing it in the context of a fall dessert. I decided to make a variation of Orange Pound Cake and top it with a strong coffee reduction.
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 vanilla bean, split and the insides removed
3 tablespoons coffee, I used Godiva Coffee Carmel Pecan Bark flavor
2 scoops seasonal ice cream, I used Trader Joes Pumpkin Ice Cream
Preheat the oven to 350. I started by combining the sugar and butter. Then I beat the sugar and butter for 8 mins until it was very fluffy. I am a major proponent of beating butter and sugar for a minimum of 8 mins, it tastes so divine.
Yes, I may have had a few bites of this while watching the Emmy pre show last weekend. Can you blame me?
Then I added the vanilla extract with a spatula and mixed with a spatula. Then I gradually beat in the eggs using a hand held mixer.
Then I added the salt and gradually added the flour. After adding the flour I added the insides of the vanilla bean. I split the bean with a knife and scraped out the insides. I made sure it was well mixed with the spatula.
I buttered a loaf pan and poured the batter in.
I baked for 60 mins.
While the pound cake was baking I got cracking on the coffee reduction. To start, I brewed 3 tablespoons of coffee in my French press, using 1 1/4 cups water.
You can use whatever brewing method you like. I only have a French press (I’m a bit obsessed with it actually) because personally, I think it brews better coffee. It’s mostly important that the coffee is a little stronger than usual.
Then I poured the coffee into a pot and set the heat on low to simmer the coffee.
It’s important not to let the coffee burn. I kept an eye on it until the coffee had reduced by half.
I check it by pouring it into my liquid measuring cup.
Reduced by over half: success!
I put the reduction aside to cool and took the pound cake out of the oven after it finished cooking and let it cool.
When I was ready to consume I sliced the pound cake, topped with my favorite fall ice cream (Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Ice Cream) and drizzled the coffee reduction over it.
Fantastic! The coffee was very flavorful and the scent was pretty intoxicating. I still probably wouldn’t drink this plain because of my personal preference for non flavored coffee but the scent was delicious. I also loved how the coffee was absorbed in the pound cake. Typically I add cinnamon or something to the pumpkin ice cream because I love adding things to pumpkin ice cream generally. I actually think I liked the addition of the coffee reduction more. The coffee reduction makes the flavor of the coffee even stronger and the strong flavor played well off of the pound cake and the ice cream.
I spent the rest of the week adding the coffee reduction to things like ice cream and muesli. Overall, I really liked Godiva Coffee for baking purposes and I will probably use it again. Indulgent and delicious for Fall!