Thursday, May 28, 2020

Cinnabon Cake Recipe

I tried this Cinnabon Cake recipe a month ago and it turned out success from the first try. My kids refuse to eat any creamy cakes unlike their parents and tired of ordering one for their birthdays I made a Cinnabon Cake for my daughter's birthday. Needless to say it was gone in no time.

Besides being incredibly delicious this Cinnabon Cake looks so appealing and beautiful that you can impress everyone with your baking skills. 

Cinnabon Cake


When I posted this Cinnabon Cake on my Instagram I got lots of positive feedback and people asking for the recipe.
I spent all my afternoon yesterday taking pictures and recording and hope that it will be easy for you to follow my instructions and make the same beauty yourself.

Here we go

Cinnabon Cake Recipe


Ingredients - Dough

200 ml warm milk
2 tbsp dry instant yeast
3 eggs (1 whole, 2 only yolks) 
100 - 150 gr sugar
5 tbsp oil
500 gr flour
0,5 tsp baking soda
0,5 tsp salt



Step 1: Mix the warm milk with the yeast and set aside for 15 minutes until there forms a coating on the top 

Step 2: In a separate bowl mix with a mixer the eggs and sugar until the batter becomes lighter in color, then add the oil

Step 3: Put aside half a cup of flour for the kneading. In a separate bowl sift the flour, baking soda and the salt. Then add the batter and the yeast mixture to this and mix.



Step 4: When it becomes difficult to mix with a mixer, put the dough on your working surface and knead with the help of your hands using the flour you had put aside until you get a soft dough. Then oil a big container and the dough, put the dough inside, cover it with cling film and a towel, and put in a warm place to rise for an hour or 2.

Watch the video



Ingredients - Filling

0,5 cup brown sugar
0,5 tbsp cinnamon powder
0,5 tbsp cacao powder
4 tbsp olive oil
Raisins or Chopped Nuts (optional)



While the dough is rising make the filling by just mixing the ingredients above.

Once the dough has risen put it on your working surface, cut it into 2 equal parts.
Make balls, open each ball with the help of a roller into as big a square or a rectangle as possible, spread half of your filling on the dough, roll the dough, cut it with a knife, leaving the edge uncut and braid.

Watch the video.


Put a parchment paper on your pan and insert the 2 braids on it forming a circular cake. Don't rush and leave the cake rest and rise for another hour by covering it with cling film or a towel.


Bake for approximately 30 min at 140 Celsius degrees.

Cinnabon Cake Recipe


Take out from the oven once the face of your Cinnabon Cake has turned brown.
Melt some honey with a little hot water and brush your Cinnabon Cake with it for some extra glow and moisture.
It already looks beautiful, but you can go farther and decorate it with fresh fruits and mint or whatever you have available at the moment. 

Cinnabon Cake Recipe

I hope my instructions were clear and you will not find it hard to bake this perfection. Check my Instagram "Baking" Highlights to watch my stories.
 
Let me know when you try this recipe and tag me on Instagram @my_blog_coffee_and_camera

You can find all my Recipes here
 
                                 Enjoy.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Coffee Lover Interview 6




Today I'd like to share another coffee lover interview, this time with Samantha Baca, the author of a newly-released romance suspense 'Til Death Do Us Part' who has kindly agreed to answer 10 Questions about her coffee preferences and habits. 


Samantha Baca - 'Til Death Do Us Part

Samantha is a mother to 2 beautiful little girls and married to her best friend. She is usually described as enjoying a cup of coffee or a glass of wine while watching reruns of Friends and daydreaming about the characters in her head as they take her on their remarkable journey.

Let's have a look at Samantha's coffee choices.

1- What time of day do you usually drink coffee?



    All day, iced coffee in the afternoons.


2- How many cups of coffee do you drink in a day?


It's usually a 20-24 oz mug.


3- Do you prefer going out for coffee or drinking it at home?



    I enjoy both but overall I tend to stay at home.


4- What is your favourite coffee drink?


 I love caramel macchiato or espresso with a little sugar.

5- When drinking your coffee, do you prefer drinking it instantly and quickly or taking your time and enjoying it?


   Take my time and enjoy every sip.


6- What is your primary reason for drinking coffee?


I enjoy the taste. The caffeine boost is an added benefit.


7- What do you take coffee with?


 Sugar and cream, sometimes black with a few sugars.

8- Do you currently own a coffee machine at home?


Yes, I love it!


9- How often do you visit coffee shops?


Rarely- once every few months.


10- What is your favourite coffee shop?

I never get out to try new ones so I'll go with Starbucks by default.


If you are interested in Samantha's debut book, you can read my review below and purchase the book on Amazon or download it for free on Kindle Unlimited.


Samantha Baca  "Til Death Do Us Part"


Samantha Baca - 'Til Death Do Us Part

More about 'Til Death Do Us Part

Til death do us part wasn’t supposed to be a threat…
After surviving an abusive childhood, Mia Johnson escapes small-town Colorado and meets the man of her dreams. Damian promises her a fairytale life, but delivers a nightmare. Jealous rage turns violent, worsening with each bottle of whiskey. Hidden cameras and tracking spyware make escape seem impossible, but she manages to run.
Chase Walker has never left his tiny hometown, and he’s never forgotten the secret torch he carried for Mia. When she reappears, fearing for her life, he’s desperate to protect her.
Mia takes comfort in the safety of their friendship as lust simmers just beneath the surface. But ominous phone calls keep them both on edge and there’s never a good time for Chase to confess his feelings. With Damian closing in, hellbent on revenge, danger is a constant threat. Will Mia be able to escape Damian a second time or will she die trying?

What are you waiting for? Grab your copy and don't forget to thank me later. 



You can find Samantha on the following social media platforms 

Instagram 


Facebook

 Blog


If you are a coffee lover and want to be featured on my blog, feel free to contact me and send me your answers to the 10 coffee-related questions . 

You can download the free printable "Coffee Lover Questionnaire" by clicking on the link below. 


 
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Thursday, April 23, 2020

5 Free Must-Have Apps for Instagram

Instagram has always been my favorite social media platform. The moment I joined Instagram I forgot about Facebook. That's because it allows me, an amateur photographer, to post the photos I take daily in my 24-hour stories without having to clog up my and my followers' feeds... 

As Instagram got more and more famous worldwide, it became more and more difficult for business accounts to get noticed even among their hard-earned followers and receive engagement...
In short, I'm in a love-hate relationship with Instagram but I keep working hard until I get that Swipe up feature only available to users with over 10K followers:)






If you are new to Instagram and are looking for easy and useful apps to make your work more professional and aesthetic, I want to present you 5 Free Must-Have Instagram Apps I love using on a daily basis.


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1. Canva
















Canva is a Graphic Design, Video, Invite & Logo Maker.

All my Instagram posts are edited in Canva before being posted. Canva will make you feel like a pro graphic designer. You can design almost everything in Canva, from Instagram highlights to logos, birthday invitations, and school posters, collages, videos, the list is endless.

Now that I'm taking a Photoshop course, I keep saying to myself: "Why would I want to waste my efforts and time when I can do that with Canva in a few minutes".



I love Canva so much that I paid for its Pro version for a few months to create my Instagram logo (the only app I have ever invested money on).

2. Pixaloop














Pixaloop is a Photo Animator & Editor.

It lets you bring your photos to life in just a few steps: floating clouds, cascading waterfalls, animated flickers of flames, coffee steams, and lots of video effects and GIF-like flows for your Instagram stories especially.

You can also add fun overlays to bring mood, emotion, and movement to your still photos.

Pixaloop is super easy to use,  I've been using the free version and I find it very fun to use.



3. Story Maker















Story Maker is an Instagram Story Editor.

It has lots of templates and features for beautiful Instagram stories. I love that I can make Instagram Story collages with colorful borders and that I have a big variety of fonts to customize my photos or videos with texts.

This app is very user friendly with minimal ads however I wish it kept on adding and updating its templates as the themes are rather limited.




4. Repost
















Regram Posts is an Instragram Repost app.

I use the Repost app most of all for my Teaching Instagram Account where I participate in different teaching loops. It's very easy to use, you just need to copy the link of the post you're planning to repost by clicking on the 3 dots in the upper right corner, open the app and past the link. Then the app automatically saves the post and the caption, you go back to Instagram and past it. That's it.

I do advise you to repost photos and video with watermarks thus giving credit to the original creators and respecting their rights.



5. Insights


Insights for Instagram is an app that lets you see your Mutual Followers: those who follow you back
Fans: those who you don't follow
Unrequited Followers: those who don't follow you back
Recent Unfollowers: those who have unfollowed you after following for some time

I must confess that it took me quite a long time to understand this Instagram follow-unfollow game. 
Why would people follow and unfollow you when you follow them back, I still don't get. Hence this app helps me to find my recent unfollowers and the bots. When you get rid of bots (people with 0 posts or no profile pictures, or with fake photos) you let Instagram show more of your content to your genuine followers. For it's not about the numbers, not about a bunch of uninterested and unengaging followers but a good community of engaging followers many of whom I  check on daily and can call friends.

I hope you found this post helpful and these apps will help you uplevel your game especially if you are new on Instagram and are still learning its algorithm. 


Find me on Instagram at My blog, coffee and camera! if you are really interested in my content. I am always interested in mutual support and engagement.



Thursday, April 16, 2020

Coffee Recipes - Dalgona Coffee

I have a sweet tooth so in order to enjoy my coffee with some dessert, I do prefer it dark and sugarless.

Coffee shop menus are really tempting but what they offer is usually too sweet and creamy for me.

I'm not a frequent visitor to coffee shops so if I do go to a coffee shop I either order something new and beautiful for pretty shots or go for my favorite black Coffee or Espresso.



Dalgona Coffee


However, it's been a while a Korean whipped coffee drink called  Dalgona Coffee has been trending on social media and I was too curious not to try it. 

It's super easy to make at home, tastes really delish, will be a perfect thing to offer your guests on hot summer days. 
It can be served both hot and cold. I tried the cold version and I already know that I like it more.


Dalgona Coffee

Ingredients

Equal amounts of  instant coffee, sugar and boiling water 
( I used 3 tablespoons for 2 glasses)
milk of your preference
Irish Cream or Baileys (optional)
Cognac (optional)


Dalgona Coffee


Directions

Whip the coffee, sugar and hot water with a mixer until the mixture becomes light brown, smooth and creamy.
You can whisk them in a narrow bowl but it will take you much longer time and more physical efforts.

Fill the glass with the milk of your preference (hot or cold).
I used my favorite unsweetened almond milk. You can even add ice. 

Add approximately a tablespoon of Irish Cream or Baileys and half a tablespoon of Cognac. 

Pour the frothy coffee mixture on top of the milk and voila, enjoy your Dalgona Coffee while stirring it with a straw or a spoon.

Optional Toppings 

cocoa powder, coffee powder, cinnamon, crumbled biscuits, honey


Dalgona Coffee


I want to thank Nanik from Chef Monkey for sharing her recipe and inspiring me to give it a try. The liquor and the cognac really made it taste special.


Let me know when you try this recipe by tagging me @my_blog_coffee_and_camera or Nanik @nanikik on Instagram.

You can find all my Recipes here.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Healthy Vegan Recipe - Banana Bread

I am not a vegan but I am seriously thinking of becoming a vegetarian. However, from time to time I suffer from iron-deficiency anemia that's why I am still studying healthy eating and trying vegetarian/vegan recipes.


Banana Bread


Everybody loves bananas in our family so we always have banana bunches at home. I love using ripe bananas in my morning smoothies and pancakes. Bananas can also be used as egg substitutes in vegan recipes. However, all the banana bread recipes didn't turn out successful with me until I tried this one.


Banana Bread - Vegan Recipe


This banana chocolate bread recipe is super simple, the bread turns out soft and fluffy and the house smells incredible.

Ingredients (part 1):

4 small ripe bananas
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of sugar 
1 teaspoon of vanilla powder


Banana Bread Recipe

Mash the bananas with a fork and add the above ingredients.

Ingredients (part 2):

1/3 cup of cocoa powder
1 cup of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
0,5 teaspoon of Baking Powder
a pinch of salt

Banana Bread Recipe

Mix the above ingredients in your bowl, pour your batter in a pan with a parchment paper ( this is a must)  and bake in a preheated oven for almost 40 minutes or until the toothpick comes out dry.

Optional Ingredients

chocolate chips/ coconut flakes/ chopped walnuts

Banana Chocolate Bread

Let me know when you try this recipe and tag me on Instagram @my_blog_coffee_and_camera

You can find all my Recipes here