Ever wondered, like me, what’s the story behind Kahlúa liquor, I often use in my recipes?
For you I’ve gathered some facts from different websites:
“coffee-flavored rum-based liqueur from Mexico. The drink also has sugar, corn syrup and vanilla bean” source.
“First produced in 1936 by Veracruz, Mexico native Pedro Domeca” (source)
“It takes 7 years to create each bottle of Kalúa, from harvest of the coffee beans, vanilla, and sugar cane to bottle”.
“Coffee liquor with a cool twist” (now that’s my definition).
Now that we know what Kahlua is, let’s move on shall we.
In case you wonder, the name of this recipe – Midnight Roasted Red Grapes – is because I roasted the grapes around midnight, after I realized that taking pain-killer for my headache isn’t worth it, especially if contains chemicals. A bottle of water helped just a bit so I got up, went into my newly renovated kitchen (I love going into my new kitchen in the middle of the night. Hard to explain), I opened the fridge and found a bunch of fresh red grapes. Initially I wanted to bake cookies but didn’t want to make a mess when having a headache. I stared at the grapes, then at the oven, looked at the grapes again, then the oven – bam! bake them.
Herbal tea was well on its way while I gathered my simple almost every day ingredients – grapes and sugar. Roasting fruits is my latest FoodFashion. The flavor of the fruit enhanced so much more, the texture gets a beautiful rustic elegance, the color deepens and the recipe is not an everyday thing one would do in a kitchen, enhances the experience. And don’t make me start on the aroma…
2-3 cups of red fresh grapes (want white? use it)
1 tbsp light brown sugar
pinch of kosher salt
1/4 c. Kahlua liquor
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Preheat oven to 425°F. In a large bowl mix ingredients except for the salt, until well combined. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil and arrange marinated grapes. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Roast grapes between 15-20 minutes, when skin is lightly crisp and soft and grapes are dark and juicy. Carefully remove pan from oven. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Top it with my No bake cheese cake
Add to my low-fat yogurt breakfast
Delicious snack on its own
Addition to fresh fruit salad
Arranged on skewers for a pretty presentation and serve with goat cheese
Or do what I did: couldn’t keep my hands off of them and ate them right off the pan. Careful, it’s hot.
Ideas are endless.