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Saturday, February 27, 2010

It's National Kahlua Day!

"Warning"

If you have an aversion to "intense coffee flavor with rich notes of caramel and vanilla" leave right now! This post is meant to heat you up to the alluring taste of Kahlúa! After all, it is National Kahlua Day!!! What's the best way to put a fire under the festivities you may ask. How about we begin with a hit of this Kahlúa Black Tie recipe?

Now that we've whet our whistles, it's time to give credit to where credit is due. It all begins at the Kahlúa website and one of their Signature Kahlúa drinks.
"The Kahlúa Perfect Serve is a testament to the culinary belief that if it grows together, it goes together. Kahlúa's two main ingredients, coffee and sugar cane are grown under the shade of orange trees in Veracruz. Capturing the dynamic flavor of the region, the citrus notes of the fresh zest of orange in the drink brings out the sweet, chocolaty characteristics of the Arabica coffee and buttery notes of summer fruits in the sugar cane spirit. Served on the rocks and garnished with engaging conversation, this is how Kahlúa is meant to be enjoyed."
The remaining recipes and images were harvested from the Kahlúa recipe books you see pictured above. There is one exception, but you will see that a little further down this post. Oh, okay, I'll give you a clue. It has something to do with today not only being National Kahlúa Day, it also happens to be International Polar Bear Day too! Kahlúa and Polar Bears what more could they have in common besides sharing the same celebration day? You'll see:) Let's eat!
Have you ever heard of Kahlúa Kugel? Me either, but, I must admit, it sure does sound intriguing, if you're a kugel kinda gal:) And I am!
Kahlúa Kugel
Ingredients:
8 ounces lasagna noodles
4 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup small curd cottage cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 cup milk
1/2 cup Kahlúa
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
Directions:
1. Cook noodles in 4 quarts boiling water until tender - about 10 minutes; drain and set aside.
2. In large bowl, beat eggs with sugar, cottage cheese, sour cream, milk, Kahlúa and melted butter to blend well.
3. Pour 1 cup of the mixture into a buttered 9-inch square baking dish.
4. Top with about 1/4 of the noodles, arranging in a single layer. Repeat layering until all ingredients are used up.
5. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
Topping
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder 1/4 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces whipped cream (optional)
In a small bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, chocolate and expresso powder. Using fingers, rub cold butter into mixture to form coarse crumbs. (Topping can be made up to two days ahead.) When ready to bake, sprinkle topping evenly over Kugel. Bake at 350°F until firm in center, about 1 hour. Cool slightly. Cut warm Kugel in squares and serve with whipped cream, if desired.
The next recipe for Kahlúa Panna Cotta with Caramel Sauce was contributed by Star Chef Nancy Silverton.
Last but most certainly not least, we have a Kahlúa Polar Bear drink and two adorable Polar Bears who look like they just may be celebrating International Polar Bear Day just as any little ones would. Which reminds me, please indulge safely:) A special thanks to livescience.com for providing this adorable image.

revised February 2013

18 Nibbles:

Channon said...

I have the necessary ingredient on hand, so we might have to celebrate. Have a great trip!

RecipeGirl said...

Thanks for the link! Those are my favorite brownies!!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Mmm, I just happen to have a bottle of Kahlua too..!
I made David Lebovitz's tiramisu ice cream with it - oh my! :)

Today sounds like a delicious holiday... now where is that bottle..?!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

You do manage to come up with the best celebrations, Louise! :-)

unique gifts said...

Hmmmmmmm.Just tried out the fantasy chocolate cheesecake.It was totally irresistible.Thanks for the recipe

5 Star Foodie said...

I love Kahlua! Have a great trip!

Katy ~ said...

I really enjoy Kahulua but have never used it in cooking. I feel amiss in overlooking this! Enjoyed the links. Thank you for all the effort and work you put into your blog. I appreciate it!! You know the coolest stuff! Hugs.

Sophie said...

Lovely celebrations, Louise!!

I love these lovely link recipes! Thanks!

~~louise~~ said...

So what'd you bake up Channon? I sure could use a "shot" of all things Kahlua at this very moment:)

Thank YOU! RecipeGirl I do believe they will be my favorite brownies too!!!

You made Tiramisu Ice Cream, Natashya? Where, when, show me please. Pretty please:)

Thank you T.W. It's always so nice to "see" you:)

Thanks Unique gifts. I tried to stop by to thank you "in person" but it appears your link isn't working. Thanks for stopping by...

I LOVE Kahlua Too, Natasha. And, my trip was quite an adventure (future post; maybe) Although, not quite as exciting as many of yours:)

You are just so sweet, Katy. It's so nice to know you enjoy your visits. I do hope this post will nudge you just a bit to try Kahlua in cooking. It reveals a welcome surprise. Let me know if you would like a pork or chicken recipe. Some of them are quite intriguing. As a matter of fact, maybe your next scallop with cream dinner would like a splash:)

Thank you for popping in from Belgium Sophie. Your Orange Fennel Chicken looks oh so good!!!

The Blonde Duck said...

The cookie stealing bunny is bad about snatching dough....

Margita Forex said...

Everything looks incredibly delicious! I love cakes and chocolate!
The best combination!

~~louise~~ said...

The cookie stealing bunny can have all the dough I have, duckie:)

Welcome Margita. Thanks for popping in. I'm delighted you enjoyed this post. Cakes, chocolate, chocolate cakes all my shameful favorites. Add some Kahlua and I'm sunk!!!

Thanks for visiting...

http://familyvacation1217.blogspot.com/ said...

I need to eat everything on this blog:)!!!

Turnkey Websites said...

Me too mate, I am really hungry, right now :)

Lynn said...

Louise, you are the best! These recipes look amazing. I think Kahlua Brownies with Browned Butter Kahlua Icing will have to be made . . . very soon ;) Thank you so much for pointing me to this post.

~~louise~~ said...

Bake away Lynn. I can't wait to see the final results. Of course, a huge piece would be nice too!!! Enjoy!

Lynn said...

The brownies were delightful. I hope to try out some more of the Kahlua recipes soon and do a post on it. In the meantime, I'll be over here stuffing myself silly with Kahlua brownies with browned butter Kahlua icing. Happy sigh.

~~louise~~ said...

I...am...thrilled...Lynn. Please let me know when you post that sinful recipe!!!