Granite Kitchen: Celebrating the world’s most popular beverage |

If you need yet another excuse to drink a cup of coffee, International Coffee Day, a day to celebrate the world’s most popular beverage, is right around the corner

The first International Coffee Day was Oct. 1, 2015, and it was launched in Milan, Italy, by the International Coffee Organization.

According to the ICO, “Every year on 1 October, the world comes together to celebrate coffee and recognise the millions of people across the globe — from farmers, to roasters, baristas, coffee shop owners and more — who work hard to create and serve the beverage we all love.”

I use a French press to make coffee and usually have a little extra coffee left over. I hate wasting perfectly good coffee, so in the summer I pour what’s left into a jar and stick it in the refrigerator for iced coffee.

When it gets colder outside, I’ll use leftover coffee to add to my recipes for baked beans or tiramisu.

But I recently heard about coffee gelatin and decided that was something I wanted to try to make. You can slice the gelatin up and add it to a mixture of sweetened condensed milk and cream or evaporated milk for a creamy coffee dessert.

If you’re vegan, you can swap out the gelatin for agar agar, which is made from red algae (gelatin is made from animal collagen) and get the same result, then mix it into sweetened coconut cream.

Another unusual way to use leftover coffee is to make coffee baked eggs. I came across a recipe from the late 1700s for making coffee eggs. I was skeptical.

You mix sweetened coffee into egg yolks, pour it into a mold then bake it. The result is similar to a custard, and it was unexpectedly delicious.

If you’re looking for other ways to enjoy coffee, try using ground coffee to make a spice rub for steak. The rich flavor can be an excellent and unique enhancement to meats.

Coffee Gelatin

1 (.25 oz) package unflavored gelatin

2 cups strong brewed coffee

1/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons hot water

Add hot water to a saucepan then add the gelatin. Stir to dissolve. Add sugar and coffee then set over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently to dissolve the sugar, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for five minutes. Pour mixture into an 8-inch baking dish and put in the refrigerator to set for 5 to 6 hours.

Coffee Gelatin (vegan version)

4 cups strong brewed coffee

4 tablespoons agar agar

1/4 cup monk fruit sweetener

Add the coffee, monk fruit sweetener and agar agar to a saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently, then lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 5 minutes. Pour mixture into an 8-inch glass baking dish and place in the refrigerator to set for 5 to 6 hours.

Coffee Baked Eggs

4 egg yolks

8 ounces strong brewed coffee, room

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Photos: Magic Kingdom Prepares for Fall with Decor, Merchandise, Food and Beverage Offerings

The spooky season may have been interrupted this year, but Walt Disney World is still getting into the fall spirit with some special festive decor down Main Street U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom and a variety of special merchandise and food and beverage offerings.

  • The familiar Mickey pumpkins and fall wreaths can be found all down Main Street U.S.A. and around the hub in front of Cinderella Castle.

  • A special character cavalcade can also be enjoyed by guests, featuring Pooh and friends in their special Halloween costumes.

  • Magic Kingdom will also offer a wide variety of festive fall treats, including:
    • Mickey Cinnamon Roll (Available at Main Street Bakery) – Mickey-shaped cinnamon roll drizzled with orange and white icing
    • Cinnamon Donuts (Available at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café) – Served in a Hitchhiking Ghost Novelty container
    • Hades Nachos (Available at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café) – Black bean nacho chips with “fiery” buffalo chicken, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, salsa, and jalapeño
    • Constance’s For Better or For Worse Wedding Cake (Available at Liberty Square Market) – Citrus cake with raspberry Bavarian cream, whipped cream flowers, and a chocolate axe.
    • Pumpkin Spiced Waffle Sundae (Available at Sleepy Hollow) –Pumpkin spice-flavored waffled topped with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, caramel drizzle, and sprinkles
    • Poor Unfortunate Souls Float (Available at Storybook Treats) – Cream cheese soft-serve, black raspberry syrup, and Coke
    • Pumpkin Spice Milkshake (Available at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies) – Topped with whipped cream, caramel drizzle, sprinkles, and a Mickey-shaped marshmallow straw
    • Pumpkin Spice Soft-Serve Sundae (Available at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies) – Served as a sundae topped with whipped cream, caramel, and sprinkles raspberry Bavarian cream, whipped cream flowers, and a chocolate axe
    • Mickey Monster Mash Burger (Available at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café) – Burger with Muenster cheese, potato barrels, bacon, and sriracha aïoli
    • Headless Horseman Rides Again (Available at Sunshine Tree Terrace) – Strawberry DOLE® Whip with Fanta Strawberry and a Headless Horseman Novelty Straw
    • Not So Poison Apple Cupcake (Available at Pinocchio Village House) – A spiced apple cupcake with pecan crunch buttercream themed after a poison apple
    • Orange and Black Sugar Churros (Available at Various Churro Carts and Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café)

  • Guests can also pick up a variety of souvenir items around the park, including:
    • Oogie Boogie Dice Novelty Glow Cubes (Available at Various Quick-Service Restaurants)
    • Jack Skellington Sipper (Available at Various Quick-Service Restaurants and Outdoor Vending Locations)
    • Oogie Boogie Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available at Various Popcorn Carts)
    • Mickey Pumpkin Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available at Various Popcorn Carts)
    • Halloween Base Popcorn Bucket (Available at Various Popcorn Carts)
    • Hitchhiking Ghost Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available at Liberty Square Popcorn Cart)
    • Hitchhiking Ghost Sipper (Available at Various Quick-Service Restaurants)
    • Madame Leota Sipper (Available at Sleepy Hollow)

  • All of these fall offerings are available now at Walt Disney World’s Magic
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