jen lashek made these pretty watercolor wallpapers this week! isn’t this such a pretty color palette? love how these feel like colorful clouds.
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a ton of new cute stuff over on ban.do this week!! want alllllll the pom earrings!
i am constantly updating my dream list of destinations i’d love to travel to. so as soon as it was announced that airlines would be able to fly passengers from the US to Cuba i knew i had to get there. i’ve had several friends visit and their photos of the beautiful colors, architecture and people have me itching to get down there.
Nespresso announced that they would be bringing Cuban coffee to the United States for the first time in over 50 years (exciting!) and asked me and my team if we’d like to try it. we of course jumped at the opportunity to experience a small taste of Cuba through their coffee. in Cuba, coffee is both social and a big part of local hospitality, guests are often welcomed into people’s homes with a cup of coffee. from what we learned, it’s less about the drink and more about the opportunity to take a break from your day and gather with your neighbors for a chat and bit of espresso.
so in keeping with that line of thought, i hosted a small afternoon coffee break on my back patio complete with heart shaped donuts (which is a cute take on the classic donut hole, and ended up tasting very similar to beignets) and enjoyed an hour of non-work related hang time.
the coffee was smooth and strong, great with the addition of a sugar cube or served black next to the sweetness of the donut (recipe below if you want to make them!). we also served the donuts with two different dipping sauces that were super easy to pull together and rounded out the afternoon coffee hour. the donuts are small enough to not put you in a sugar coma but still make you feel like you’re having a little indulgence half way through the day. and, nothing pairs better with coffee then a little sugar.
the thing with these donuts is that once the dough has risen they are super quick to fry and then dust with sugar. so, if you wanted to make the dough beforehand you could fry them up right before serving as they are best served hot!
what you’ll need:
• 3 cups all purpose white flour + more for dusting
• 1/2 cup powdered sugar
• 3 teaspoons active dried yeast
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup of lukewarm milk
• 6 tablespoons melted butter
• 3 egg yolks
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 2 teaspoons cinnamon
• follow directions on the yeast packet and then in a large bowl mix the flour, powdered sugar, cinnamon, yeast mixture, and salt until well combined. set aside.
• in another bowl combine the milk, melted butter, egg yolks, and vanilla extract. combine both the wet and dry ingredients in the large bowl. mix until just combined, do not over mix. on a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until smooth. place in a bowl and set aside covered for about an hour and a half. or until it has doubled in size.
• roll out the risen dough and use heart shaped cookie cutters (or any shape!). fill a cast iron pan with about two inches of oil on medium heat. fry the heart shaped cutouts for about 40 seconds on each side or until golden brown. place the fried donuts onto paper towels and gently pat. cover with powdered sugar while they are still warm so that the sugar sticks well.
what you’ll need for the dipping sauces:
• 8 ounces heavy whipping cream
• 2 tablespoon lemon curd
• 1 cup hulled strawberries
• place the heavy whipping cream in a bowl and beat cream until medium peaks form. divide the cream into two dipping bowls. mix in the 2 tablespoons of lemon curd into one of the bowls. in a blender, place the strawberries and about 1/4 cup of water and blend until smooth. mix in the strawberry puree in the remaining dipping bowl and combine.
images by: ivan solis
(this post is made in partnership with Nespresso, a coffee that we drink in our office!)