If coffee tasted as good as it smells, I would be addicted. But, to me, it tastes like skunk. Yes, I know you can fancy it up with cream and sugar and complicated flavorings but then it might as well be dessert. And I don’t want dessert to be something I barely remember at 7:30am because I need my “dessert” to function at that hour and, for the love of Mike, is that dessert done brewing yet? Coffee is one of those things I sort of wish I enjoyed (like Brie – I keep trying to be an adult and like it but…blech). But I just can’t go there.
Oh, don’t get me wrong, I like real official desserts that happen to have coffee flavoring. In high school, I discovered coffee ice cream malts with hot fudge (sweet Jesus!) and I am a sucker for anything mocha. I even went through a brief Frappuccino phase when I first started practicing law. I gave both up cause they made me jittery and unpleasant.
So, I had zero frame of reference for this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie. Gretchen of Canela and Comino chose Lenox Almond Biscotti (full recipe on her blog). Biscotti = cookie paired with coffee. Me = no biscotti. It has never once occurred to me to buy, eat or make biscotti. I was flying blind here. One thing I did know was that mine wouldn’t be almond biscotti. I had literally one drop of almond extract and no almonds to be found.
So, I opted for dried pear and apricot flavored with cinnamon and vanilla. In a bit of inspired frugality, I even dried my own pear. It was almost past ripe and I just knew it was destined to rot alone on the counter without some intervention.
So, thanks to Gretchen for exposing me to something new. Check out the marching band biscotti here. Next week: Pumpkin muffins. My son already wants to know how many we are making for home and not work.