What do you do to enhance the taste and the flavor of cookies or brownies or chocolate cake? You add espresso powder, right? Though it is readily available in the stores, it is better to make it in the home. You need the espresso beans, a coffee grinder, and a baking sheet. This aromatic powder will help you get a tasty hot beverage and a tasty steak rub besides delicious cakes and cookies.
Roasting The Beans For Espresso Powder
Want to make one cup of powder? Then you need 200 gm or one cup of beans. Always opt for the fresh beans as it will give the excellent flavor and grind them before they become sour. You should use the beans within two weeks of opening the packet. However, you can keep them in good condition for about six months by keeping them in a container having a degassing valve.
Preheating The Oven
Before grinding the beans, you need to roast them a little for better flavor and also drying them a bit. It will also help in grinding the beans smoothly. Preheat the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature, the baking will take about an hour. If you lower the temperature, say 170 degrees Fahrenheit, then you need to bake for 1.5 hours.
Put The Beans On Baking Sheet
While the oven is heating, pour the beans on the baking sheet and spread them evenly. It is better to keep some space in between the beans so that hot air can pass through them.
Baking The Beans To Make Espresso Powder
Now insert the baking sheet within the oven and let it bake for about one hour at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. It will give an excellent toasted flavor to the beans. Your abode will be full of the aromatic flavor. If you do not bake the beans, the taste will be bitter than what you need to use in the baked items.
Cooling The Beans
After one hour, take an oven mitt and use it to take out the baking sheet from the oven. Now let the roasted beans cool before grinding them. Make sure you allow at least 10 minutes for cooling. Otherwise, you cannot touch them.
Grinding To Make Espresso Powder
Do not grind all the beans in one go. Divide them into four batches. Grind 50 grams of beans at a time. Otherwise, they will not give you the smooth consistency that you want. Each batch will take about 20 seconds to grind. Don’t you have a spice grinder or a coffee grinder? Then it is better to opt for the food processor. You can also use a mortar and pestle to grind the beans.
Once you finish grinding, keep the powder in an airtight container. Do not use plastic containers as they might absorb all the oil and flavors of the powder. It is better to use special jar specified for the espresso powder. Always put the container in a dry place where it cannot get in contact with any moisture. It will last for about 6 months.