Apron Free Cooking ~ Coffee Sauce
By Noel Lizotte
We’re coffee people at my house. I’d say it’s a slow day if we only go through a single pot of coffee. Often we’re a three pot per day family. No, there’s not a dozen of us in the house. Usually there are two of us. Don’t worry, we drink our share of tea also. It’s just hard to measure when you make and drink it a single cup at a time.
Over the weekend, we went antiquing. We packed up our thermos of coffee and headed out. You know, we had our “to-go” cups already full for the first part of the trip. The thermos is for reinforcement and refills. When we enter an antique store, my husband and I go our separate ways with the agreement we’ll meet up at the front register sometime before closing time.
I usually park myself in front of the book case containing cookbooks and spend the majority of my time there. I don’t think my husband minds, since he usually benefits from the results of those cookbooks.
I found a real treasure this time! Ok, I usually find a couple treasures. There’s been a couple times when I’ve had to ask the clerk for a box so I can take all of my treasures home with me. But this time I really did find a treasure!
Between some Cooking Light Annual Recipe books, I found a copy of a 1929 Frigidaire Recipes cookbook. It’s a slender book, with 91 pages. But it’s been chock full of entertainment for my weekend. I found one recipe that I can’t wait to try.
¾ cup strong hot coffee
1 cup granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons corn syrup
Cook all ingredients for ten minutes. Cool and place in fridge to chill. Serve very cold with or without the addition of whipped cream. This syrup can be made and kept in a jar in the fridge and used as needed for servings of ice cream.
We like ice cream almost as much as we like coffee. So, you know, this would make the perfect combination for dessert on a hot evening. Vanilla ice cream with coffee syrup on it. I’ll bet my husband doesn’t mind at all that I brought this book home!
Make it a meal: On a hot summer evening, when the kids aren’t home, just fix a bowl of this syrup on ice cream for supper. If you don’t tell, I won’t either.
Approximate Nutritional Value per serving: Servings per Recipe: 6, Calories: 150, Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 7mg, Total Carbs: 39g, Dietary Fiber: 0g, Sugars: 0g, Protein: 0g.
This was the first recipe I saw in the Frigidaire Recipes book, and I’m thinking it’s also going to be the first one I actually make. The old cookbooks I find at antique stores aren’t always from 1929, some are from 1970. I don’t call that an antique, yet. But the old books are fun to read and sometimes yield some menu items the family asks for a second time.
Noel Lizotte is breaking free of corporate stress with convenience cooking! www.apronfreecooking.com. She also writes a monthly column at www.culinary.net.