Single Serving Coffee Maker

A single serving coffee maker is a great investment to make. One of the biggest problems with using an old drip style coffee maker and brewing a pot of java is that it starts to go bad almost time is it made. The freshest coffee is always the best. It really doesn’t make much sense to leave the pot on the burner growing more stale and bitter with each passing minute. This is why using a single serving coffee maker to brew a single cup at a time is so much better.

A Single Serving Coffee Maker for the Freshest Cup of Joe

Not only does a single serving coffee maker give you the best tasting and freshest coffee possible, it also has several other benefits. With a single serving coffee maker, each person can choose the kind of coffee they like best. There is no longer any reason to fight over whether you are making Kona or Columbian each morning. You can each have the kind you want by using coffee pods and a single serving coffee maker.

A Single Serving Coffee Maker Mean Less Mess to Clean Up

Another great advantage of using a single cup coffee maker is there is no messy clean up when you are finished. Since the coffee is brewed into you cup, you only have to wash your cup and not a coffee pot. Many of these coffee makers also use something called a “k-cup” or a coffee pod. These are small cups filled with coffee grounds and a filter. After brewing, all you have to do is remove them and throw them away. There will be no more messy grounds to deal with or to spill over the floor thanks to your single serving coffee maker.

Which Single Serving Coffee Maker is the Best for You?

When it comes time to decide which single serving coffee maker will be best for you, there are several things you want to pay attention to. There are four things that you definitely should pay close attention to. You should look at the cost, company reputation, ease of use, and extra features of each single serving coffee maker.

How Much Does the Single Serving Coffee Maker Cost?

The cost of certain models of single serving coffee maker cost is going to be the biggest deciding factor for many people. You can find single serving coffee makers selling for anywhere from downright cheap to pretty dog-gone expensive. You should expect to pay from $100 – 200 for a decent quality single serving coffee maker.

When shopping for a single serving coffee maker, remember that you get exactly what you pay for. It is much better to invest in quality the first time. Buying a lower quality product just to save a few bucks usually means you have to spend more money later on replacement parts.It is better to go ahead and get some piece of mind from buying a good single serving coffee maker.

Is a Single Serving Coffee Maker Easy to Use?

When you are trying to figure out which single serving coffee maker to buy, you need to consider how easy it is to use that coffee maker. Many people are impressed by a lot of buttons and LCD displays, but they don’t do much good if they just confuse you. Pay attention to how these brewers work while you are researching them. A single serving coffee maker can run the gamut from really easy to use to downright complicated.

Some single serving coffee makers like the Hamilton Beach One Cup Brewer have just a single button, which is great if you are only interested in brewing one kind of coffee and you like it the same way each time. Other models, like the Breville BKC700XL, have a variety of settings. You can select different cup sizes, different temperatures, and even select the iced tea setting.It is amazing what you can do with the right single serving coffee maker.

Ease of cleaning the single serving coffee maker is another aspect to consider. Some models will use the traditional paper filter that has to be disposed of. These can also leave grinds in the machine which have to be cleaned. The better single cup coffee makers use pre-packed cups that are much easier to clean up. Which style of single serving coffee maker you choose is ultimately up to you.

Does the Single Serving Coffee Maker Have Many Extra Features?

The single serving coffee maker you look at may have some nice little extras that are included.You need to consider these too. Many of these coffee makers will ship with a sample pack of coffee for you to try. Look into other features, too. You want to find out if you can change the cup size. Sometimes you want a small cup, while other times you might need to fill up a travel mug. Having an adjustable temperature is another nice feature included on many luxury models. Now each of you can brew a cup of java that is the perfect temperature. This is a great advantage of a good single serving coffee maker.

Another nice extra feature for a single serving coffee maker to have is an automatic shutoff. This is a great feature to have if you have hectic mornings. You don’t have to worry if you grab you travel mug and run out the door. Your single serving coffee maker will turn itself off.

Does the Single Serving Coffee Maker Come from a Reputable Company?

When purchasing a single serving coffee maker, this should be a major consideration. You are getting ready to make what is likely a large investment for a kitchen appliance. After you narrow your choices down to just a few single cup coffee makers, take some time to find out which brand of single serving
coffee maker has the best reputation.

You can research single serving coffee makers online. This is the best and most time efficient way to do this. You want to find and read reviews about each of the products you are interested in. This will quickly give you an idea of which single serving coffee maker is the best.…

Baked Parmesan-Crusted Artichokes

The hottest days of Summer are finally giving way to cool nights and changing leaves. The supermarkets are stocked full of fresh fruits and veggies. And now that the evenings are chilly it’s no longer too hot to use the ovens. In less than a month soups will make their grand entrance to our dinner tables. But for now we are nestled in between seasons ready for the final summer meals.

Artichokes are one of the great ingredients in season at the moment. I have relished this, picking up a couple from the store when I think of it.

One way to cook an artichoke is by putting a clove of garlic, a bay leaf and slice of lemon in pot with a couple inches of water. Then place a steaming basket on top with the artichoke and let it steam until done.

However, I have recently come across a recipe for baked artichoke that is quickly replacing the steaming method. Simply prepare the artichoke by washing and slicing of the thorns and stems, cut in half, and top with comforting flavors. Once the dish is in the oven, the aroma oozes from the kitchen, distracting you from your activity.

Eating an artichoke isn’t a clean affair. It’s filled with so much butter and dipping sauces your hands will need a bit of washing after. Of course it’s well worth the mess.

Baked Parmesan-Crusted Artichokes

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole artichokes
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Serves 4

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Prep artichokes by cutter off stems and slicing about an inch off the top of each one. Then cut down the middle to make two halves. Place, cut side up, on a baking sheet or in an ovenproof dish.
  • Top each artichoke half equally with balsamic vinegar, garlic, cheese, and butter. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until leaves are easy to pull off.
  • Serve with melted butter or mayonnaise to dip leaves into.

Chocolate Tart with Pomegranate Glaze

I started baking classes recently and have little to no time for blogging. But I do have time to bake on the weekends. I’ve snapped a few iphone photos and wrote up the recipes for you to enjoy and make. That’s what my blog is going to be for the next little while.

The first of these recipes I’m going to post is a chocolate tart with pomegranate glaze. It’s decadent and rich. If you make it be sure to slice the pieces thin when you serve it.

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Crust

  • 1 ½ cups plain flour
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • 1 ½ stick butter cut into cubes
  • 1 egg

Blend flour and icing sugar in stand mixer that is fitted with a paddle. Add butter slowly. Let blend on low then add the egg. Mix until blended. Shape the dough into a disk and refrigerate for twenty minutes. Preheat oven to 375F. Roll out dough on a well-floured surface. Adding flour is important because this dough can tend to be sticky. Transfer to 11-inch tart pan and patch up any holes or mistakes with extra dough. Poke the dough all over with a fork. Cover with foil and baking weights (I use beans). Blind bake for 20 minutes. It should not be fully cooked when taken from the oven.

Filling

  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons warm coffee
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, cubed, at room temperature
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Procedure

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC.)
  • Spread the sugar in an even layer in the bottom of a large saucepan. Cook the sugar over moderate heat until the edges liquefy and being to caramelize. Use a heatproof utensil to gently drag the liquefied sugar toward the center of the pan, encouraging the sugar to melt evenly.
  • Once the sugar is melted, it was caramelized rather quickly. When it starts to smoke, but before it burns, turn off the heat and stir in the coffee. (The mixture will bubble and seize a bit. Be sure to avert your face and you may wish to wear oven mitts.)
  • If the caramel has seized up in places, stir it gently over low heat until smooth. Then add the butter and salt, and stir until melted, then stir in both chocolates until smooth.
  • Mix in the eggs*, then the flour. Stir in the rum or vanilla extract.
  • Pour the mixture into the pre-baked tart shell, then bake for 15 to 20 minutes, just until the filling starts to rise and crack at the edges but the center is still jiggly. Do not overbake.

Let cool completely before adding the glaze.

* when I mixed in the eggs it was too hot and cooked. I ended up straining it. Everything went smoothly after that. But next time I do this I would let the mixture cool a bit.

Glaze

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • seeds from half a pomegranate

Place sugar, cornstarch, and ¼ cup of pomegranate seeds in a small pot on medium-low heat. Let boil until sugar has melted. Stir constantly. This should take about five minutes and the mixture should be clear but pink. If it’s still a bit white the sugar still needs to dissolve. Remove from heat. Let cool for a moment. You don’t want to cool it for too long because you still want it spread well. Stir in remaining pomegranate seeds. Spread on your tart with a spatula. Let it set and cool before serving.…

Apple Fritters

As the days cool and coats are pulled out of closets, my mind starts to warm up. My fingers itch for creative and exciting things to do. With little time and energy, due to an education, I am thoroughly enjoying, I haven’t had the chance to make my abstract ideas into a concrete reality. I’m hoping with my break in a month new things can come for my blog. Right now, I’m soaking up every bit of instruction I’m given.

I’ve found small windows of downtime to create things. Most recipes I’ve been wanting to try. The latest was apple fritters. Can I eat this every day? Please? An apple sliced, dipped in a batter, and then fried in oil. How can that taste bad? It can’t.

I’m torn between saying it tastes like a doughnut or an apple pie. Maybe you can decide. The recipe is simple and fast. Give it a try.

Ingredients:

  • Apples (Granny Smiths are best)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt

Directions:

Start by peeling your apples and slicing them thinly. Core the slices with a small cookie cutter or a knife. Mix together your batter (all the ingredients except for the apples).Dip apples in the thin batter. It’s okay if there are lumps.Fry in hot vegetable oil until golden brown. Place the golden apple fritter rings on a paper towel to soak up any excess oil while you fry up the next batch. Sprinkle the warm apple fritters with powdered sugar. Eat while warm.…

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