Article & Photo By: Jaden Burris
I have noticed two main themes throughout these past couple of months. We all hate quarantine, but we all love food and drinks. Many people who have previously disliked cooking and baking have recently taken a liking to it during quarantine. There are a lot of recipes that have become popular, and I decided to try some of them out.
The first recipe I tried was whipped coffee. Making this was super easy. All you need is hot water, sugar, and instant coffee. Specifically, two tablespoons of each. Add all of these into a bowl and use a whisk to combine all of the ingredients. If you are using an electric mixer then this shouldn’t take you long, but if you aren’t, your arm might get tired during the process.
After making sure my coffee was whipped enough, I added a dash of caramel flavoring for a fun touch. Next, I poured some milk, added my whipped coffee on top, and the drink was complete.
Trying this drink was an experience since coffee is not usually my favorite, but surprisingly, this wasn’t that bad. Now, because I used espresso for my instant coffee, the flavor came out a lot stronger than usual. It was a strong blast of espresso with a shot of salted caramel, ice, and 2% milk when mixed together; it made a creamy concoction.
A food I tried making was the famous cloud bread from Tik Tok. This went viral because of its fluffy texture along with the fact that you only needed 3 ingredients: egg whites, sugar, and cornstarch. When you are making cloud bread, you want to make sure that you whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. Again, this won’t take you any time if you have an electric mixer, but if you don’t, you’re going to need to have a lot of patience because this will take a while. Then, sift through your sugar and cornstarch to make sure that there aren’t any lumps. I also added blue food coloring so it didn’t look as plain. You add that on a baking sheet and leave it in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Out of these two recipes, the cloud bread had to be my favorite. When splitting it down the middle, it looked very fluffy and, in my opinion, very pleasing to the eye. It had an airy texture with no lumps. It was very soft and not too sweet considering one of the main ingredients was sugar. I might add a little vanilla next time because I love sweet things.
Overall, these two recipes were worth the excitement. I enjoyed them; I can see myself making these again in the future.
*Cloud Bread Recipe
-3 large egg whites about 6 tbsp
-2.5 tbsp sugar ~30g
-1 tbsp cornstarch ~10g
-food coloring optional
-2 tablespoons hot water
-2 tablespoons sugar
-2 tablespoons instant coffee powder
-milk, to serve
-ice, to serve