Starting your day with a warm meal and the best brewed coffee doesn’t have to require a trip to your local coffee shop. With a little preparation and the right countertop appliances, you can be eating warm, perfectly toasted breads or waffles alongside a gold-standard cup of your favorite brew in minutes.
Bake your way to a better morning
When the weather gets colder, waking up is easier when you have homemade treats for breakfast. Blueberry Streusel Muffins are a great start to any day. These muffins have a tender crumb, are studded with blueberries and topped with a buttery streusel. You can bake a batch of muffins and freeze them for easy morning treat anytime. Simply wrap in plastic, place in a zip top freezer bag and freeze for up to 1 month. To defrost, unwrap muffin, place on a microwave safe plate and cook on 50% power for 1-2 minutes.
With a few ripe bananas and some simple pantry staples you can whip up the perennial favorite, banana bread. This Chai Banana Bread recipe gets a spicy upgrade when combined with the aromatic flavors of chai. Hints of cardamom, cinnamon and allspice pair wonderfully with the ripe bananas. A slice, lightly toasted with a pat of butter, makes the perfect anytime treat.
Café Specialty Drip Coffee Maker
For barista quality coffee in your own kitchen, our Café Specialty Drip Coffee Maker is key. It not only looks stylish enough that you’ll want to keep it on your countertop, it also meets the approval of the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA). This coffee maker has been certified by SCA to brew Golden Cup Standard coffee by meeting and exceeding its high barista standards without requiring you to learn special techniques.
Our specialty drip coffee maker offers built-in WiFi so you can schedule brewing or even use your Alexa or Google home device to voice activate your brew cycle. You can also set precise temperature controls so that every cup is at your preferred temp. And you can keep your coffee hot for up to two hours in the 10-cup insulated thermal stainless steel vacuum carafe.
With our new countertop appliances, Café Appliances can help make every morning as good as a trip to your favorite coffee shop without leaving your kitchen.
The Café Toaster
Our stylish countertop toaster will beautifully compliment your Café appliances and have features to make your morning easier. The Express Finish mode helps create golden toast in about a minute. The Bagel mode gives you two evenly toasted halves ready for topping.
Blueberry Streusel Muffins
Cook Time 20 minutes | Servings 12
These Blueberry Streusel Muffins are tender with a perfectly moist crumb, studded with blueberries and topped with a buttery streusel. Perfect for a morning treat, especially with a good cup of coffee. They are quick and easy to make for breakfast or brunch.
2⅓ cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
¼ cup butter, softened
⅓ cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups fresh or frozen blueberries
½ cup sugar
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup cold butter, cut into cubes
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
How to make it
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Make the streusel
Combine all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until coarse crumbs form. Set aside.
Make the muffins
In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine.
In a large bowl cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla, mix to combine. Alternately add flour mixture and milk. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the blueberries. Do not overmix.
Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners. Fill muffin cups ¾ full. Add a heaping tablespoon of streusel topping to each muffin. Bake for 20-25 minutes. If using frozen blueberries bake for 25-30 minutes.
Muffins freeze well. Simply wrap in plastic, place in a zip top freezer bag and freeze for up to 1 month. To defrost, unwrap muffin, place on a microwave safe plate and cook on 50% power for 1-2 minutes.
Chai Banana Bread
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes | Servings 16
The perennial favorite, banana bread, gets a spicy upgrade when combined with the aromatic flavors of chai. Hints of cardamom, cinnamon and allspice pair wonderfully with the ripe bananas. A slice, lightly toasted with a pat of butter, makes the perfect anytime treat.
1 ⅔ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
3 - 4 very ripe bananas, peeled and
mashed (about 1.5 cups) plus 1 for garnish
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoon sour cream
How to make it
With the rack in the center of the oven, preheat to 325°F. Coat a standard 9x5 loaf pan with non-stick spray and line with parchment paper.
Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt in a bowl and set aside.
Melt butter in a large bowl and whisk in brown sugar until smooth. Stir in mashed banana, mix well then whisk in eggs, vanilla and sour cream.
Use a rubber spatula to fold in the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until combined. No flour streaks should be visible. Don’t overmix.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. If desired, decorate the top of the loaf with two thin slices of banana. Bake for 1 to 1 1/4 hours. The loaf should be golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the cake will come out clean.
This banana bread tasted even better on the second or third day. Keep loosely wrapped in plastic. To serve, toast slices and spread with butter.