A hot beverage from your cappuccino machine with all of its beautiful layers can make even the bitterest cold day seem a little warmer. Your hands around a tall mug of flavored coffee and foam and the aroma of everything from the spices and beans you used to the garnish at the top helps to chase away frost and snow to keep all of its properties outside the windows instead of in your moods. Pair this beverage with decadent baked goods and not only will your oven warm your home while your treats bake but will also fill the place with the smell of anticipated tastes you’ll get excited to eat.
It Starts With Cappuccino
Before you can go pairing decadent pastries and other baked goods with the beverages that come from your cappuccino machine, you first need to have an excellent cappuccino. You might be an espresso and steamer newbie who just started learning how to pull shots or you could be an experienced home barista who knows how to make a top notch brew. Either way, there’s always more to learn that will make your skills and the results of your efforts even better.
Take a look at your cappuccino machine and reacquaint yourself with its parts and how they operate. Pull a few shots, steam some milk, make it foam and learn everything there is to know about the steamer on your machine. Experiment with your favorite spices and flavors. Discover everything you love most and put it together into one perfect cappuccino that will pair with the decadence of baked goods and provide the aroma to compliment whatever you decide to make.
Cookies and Brownies
Crunchy or soft, cookies are the best way to share the decadence you make with your cappuccino machine. They’re easy to serve and great for gatherings and parties that include a lot of people. Cookies also come in “bar” form, which is a sort of cousin to the brownie and still easy to serve but tends to be softer and use more ingredients than most cookies. Choose carefully, according to the type of cappuccino you plan to serve or the theme/mood of the event where they’ll be served. You can also use crushed cookie crumbs as a garnish for cappuccino beverages. Try cookie straws that are served in the cappuccino. They’re crunchy and best for dipping, as are mandolins and the classic chocolate chip.
Brownies are one of the most decadent baked goods available to bake. Pack them with chocolate chips, use coffee grounds as flavoring, or top with foamed milk or coffee infused whipped egg whites before placing in the oven for a cappuccino themed twist. A lighter blend of coffee with chocolate shavings as a garnish on top of the foamed milk is a wonderful pairing with any kind of thick and gooey brownie. On the contrary, brownies that are chocolaty and very sweet cut the bitterness of the boldest brew. No matter what, you can’t go wrong!
The Beauty of Cake and Coffee
There’s simplicity and graceful elegance that comes with serving cake with coffee and using your cappuccino machine is only different in that you get to take the concept up a notch. You can bake up a light and airy angel food cake or embrace the decadence of rich chocolate or pound cake. Cater to your guests or enjoy something that only you love. There’s no limit to the beauty that you can create with cake and you can pair all kinds of cappuccino beverages with each one.
One excellent way to pair cappuccino with cake is to use icing that has a coffee flavoring and looks similar to the foam on top of the cappuccino. The harmony created will taste delicious and also look amazing on your table. A cappuccino-flavored cheesecake can be a lighter way to enjoy decadent flavors without all the calories. Explore all the ways that cakes can enhance the flavors of your favorite cappuccino and wow every guest at your next family dinner or social gathering.
Have a Storm Party
When the weather turns really brutal and your friends and family are stuck inside, battle the stir-crazy feelings and depressing moods by baking up some goodies at a storm party. Use your cappuccino machine to get the party started and perk everyone up and then start mixing batters and adding chocolate chips. Take your treats to the couch to enjoy a movie marathon, board games, or interesting conversation to pass the time until it’s safe to go back outside.
If you’re friends and family are not able to be in the same place during the storm, organize a cookie or treat exchange. Everyone bakes up their own favorites and then trades them amongst each other after the storm has passed. Post your findings on social media, use the pictures to lift everyone else’s moods without leaving your home, and let your own creations comfort you while you’re watching the snow fall. The best way to throw a storm party could be to get all of your friends together and everyone works to shovel each other’s driveways, and then bake some treats and enjoy some cappuccino to warm up when you’re all done.
Time Saving Decadence
Storms can also mean a lot of work for your home and that means you won’t have much time to bake treats or brew anything from your cappuccino machine for your friends. You can still enjoy things yourself by brewing your own cappuccino beverages and making cake, brownies, or cookies in a mug. Mug cakes are a single serve sensation that has yielded all kinds of recipes that you can enjoy with your favorite hot beverage. Don’t let time constraints stop you from enjoying decadent treats with your cappuccino. A few ingredients and a microwave will have you sitting down with your sweet snack in just a couple of minutes. No matter what the situation, you can pair decadence with your cappuccino machine every day!
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