Coffee and Tea Station
15 March 2019
I can definitely feel the cold weather will be here soon, with the mornings and evenings getting a bit chillier! So this week the #romancingthehome ladies decided to do a coffee and tea station refresh to prepare for all the hot drinks we will be making in the next few months! I must admit since I added these few simple touches I have made too many cups of tea and cappuccinos!
Not a lot is required to create a coffee station. You need the basics to make the coffee, tea or hot chocolate, such as all the ingredients a kettle and a bonus, a cappuccino machine! Im not a person who prefers tea to coffee, but I do have certain times when I prefer to drink tea and when I prefer coffee. I prefer a cappuccino or some coffee in the morning, green tea or a red cappuccino (rooibos tea cappuccino) during the day and to end the day a nice cup of black rooibos tea and honey!
Most people once they have the basics their coffee station is complete, but why not make it a feature in your kitchen and improve the experience a little bit more? You can do this by adding some decorative items and storage.
I decided to update my coffee station by adding in a jar for biscuits/rusks, new coffee, tea, and sugar canisters, pretty new mugs for display, a mug holder, a fresh plant, and letter board to add some fun quotes to. (linked below)
I also decided to add in a bit of Easter and Autumn (Fall) decor with the bunny planter and the "get cozy" wood cut out. I currently love trying to figure out how to combine easter and Autumn decor, because it is not the popular combination.
However it didn't feel complete yet (not due to the fact that we still have to install the tile backsplash). And then it came to me... Obviously you cannot have Coffee or Tea without freshly baked biscuits!! So I decided to bake my husband and I's favourite childhood, traditional South African Biscuits "Crunchies". I have included the recipe for you and do hope you will try it out! It is definitely addictive and you will find yourself having too many in one sitting!
Traditional South African "Crunchie" Recipe
1 tbs Golden Syrup
1 cup Flour
2 cups Oats
1 cup Dried Coconut
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1. Pre Heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.
2. Mix the flour, oats and coconut in a bowl.
3. Melt the butter in a small pot and then add the syrup and sugar and heat.
4. When the butter is bubbling add the bicarb and stir through and take off heat.
5. Mix butter mixture into the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon.
6. Using the back of a tablespoon, press the mixture into a greased or lined baking tray. (approximately 30 cm x 20cm, depending on the thickness you like. I used a 38 x 26 for this batch but would normally go smaller).
7. Bake for 15 minutes at 180C for smaller pan and then turn the oven down to 160C and bake a further 10 minutes until golden brown. For the bigger pan (thinner biscuit) Bake for 10 minutes at 180C and then turn down to 160 and bake for a further 10 minutes.
8. Allow to cool in the pan before slicing into squares.
I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you make these Crunchies please share your thoughts and results on instagram with #romancingthehome! Also don't forget to pay the ladies a visit!
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