Mama’s Coffee: Making an AEYE

Alessa Young a.k.a. Mama: I’m the founder and owner of Mama’s Coffee and Cakes Cafe in Baltimore. My son Timothy works hard on making our food whereas I make our coffee for our esteemed guests. Today we are going to make one of our famous drinks: an AEYE

Aeye – as Timothy told you with his Sushi Rolls – is our infamous Death Walker leader and a pretty taciturn man. For his drink, he likes it very strong.

Many other guests, when having a hard time, love this drink as well.

Ingredients:

1. 3 cups French Vanilla Roast
2. Espresso pod(s) or dark roast coffee
3. Vanilla Syrup
4. Coffee Filter
5. Coffee Cup
6. Coffee Collar/Sleeve

OPTIONAL – You can, if you want, steam milk and put whipped cream on top. This is a very strong drink.

Making the Roast –

Step 1. Grind the fresh beans. 3 cups will make a party size so if you just want 1 cup of coffee I would just grind 1 cup so that you can go back for more but not be forced to invite the neighborhood for coffee. (If you don’t have a grinder than you can get some ground or go to a local coffeeshop to grind them. Hell even I would grind beans for people if they asked.)

Step 2. Place the coffee grinds in the coffee filter then into the coffee maker. Since my kitchen is a business I have an industrial maker so it makes many batches but I personal one will do just as well.

(Optional – You can even make this as a French Press. Just put 1-3 tsp of the grinds instead of cups. If you’re interested in knowing how to do this in French Press just leave a comment here and I will post it up.)

Making the Espresso

Step 1. After you have brewed the roast, take your paper cup and put 3-4 squirts of vanilla. There are plenty of places where you can buy these bottles of vanilla to use.

Step 2. Place the espresso pods into one of the machines then the cup underneath and press the number of shots you want. An AEYE takes 4 shots of espresso to make.

NOTE: If you don’t have an espresso machine then take a dark roast or espresso roast and grind the bean as finely as possible. Then double your paper filter to make the water move through it as slow as possible; pat the grinds down a bit to make it tight.

ADD THE COFFEE

Once the coffee is done brewing, add it to the cup with espresso shots and vanilla. Stir.

OPTIONAL – You can also steam milk until frothy or even add whipped cream or coffee creamer to soften the mixture if you don’t want it too hard.

Depending on the day, Aeye will order doubles or even triples AEYE. One time he even ordered a quad AEYE. What they are is doing the same thing but doubling, tripling or even quadtrupling the ingredients but be prepared. This coffee is not for the faint of heart or even those who want to sleep at night!

Well good day and have fun making coffee!

((Picture will be uploaded later))

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Timothy’s Recipe 1: Rice Sushi Treats

Timothy Young: Good morning and welcome to the first installment of Death Walker recipes.  I actually work at Mama’s Coffees and Cakes where we create food and drinks for not only humans but the Death Walkers who live here.  Today I am going to teach you how to make “Rise Sushi Treats.”  This is the leader of the Death Walkers Aeye’s favourite treat.  FYI… don’t leave any out on your counter after making or he will find your house and eat them…

Rice Sushi Treats  by “Timothy” aka MegamiJadeheart

Ingredients:
One box of Rice Krispys, or other firm cereal.  (Cheerios work, but Chex do not)
Two packages of regular Marshmallows
3 Tbs butter (do not use lowfat margarine)
One box Fruit Rollups.  Real fruit version preferred.
One package twizzlers OR one bag swedish fish.
Optional: chocolate sauce

Tools:
Very large microwave safe bowl
big spoon
2 cup measure
Two jellyroll pans or cookie sheets
one pancake spatula
cooking spray
silicone cookie mat (optional, but makes rolling the sushi easier. You can also use a sushi rolling mat covered in saran wrap)

sharp knife

Making the “Rice”

Step 1) Put 3 Tbs butter and two bags of marshmallows in the large microwave safe bowl.  Do not cover.  Heat on regular, 1:30 minutes, or 3 minutes half power.  As they heat the Marshmallows will balloon out and over the top of the bowl.  This is normal and fun to watch, they should not explode.  If you have a very small microwave, make the Krispie treats in two batches, one bag of marshmallows each, or use stovetop directions on the box.

Step 2) While it is heating, spray two pans and spatula with cooking spray.  I use butter flavored Pam.

Step 3) Stir your marshmallow balloon with the big spoon to work the butter into the fluff a little, then add 6 to 8 cups of cereal, two cups at a time, and stir in until the mixture looks even.  Not too much marshmallow, but not too little either.


Step 4)
Glob your Krispys treat mix onto your two jellyroll pans or cookie sheets, and use the spatula (you did spray it with cooking spray, right?) to smoosh the treat out to about a half inch to one inch thickness.  I like using Jellyroll pans because the top of the pan is a good height.

Making the sushi.

Step 1) Lay the silicone cookie mat down on a clear spot of counter.

Step 2)
Open a roll of Fruit roll up, unroll and de-film, and lay smooth side down on the mat.

Step 3) Spray your sharp knife with cooking spray and cut a rectangle out of the Rice that is the same width as the fruit roll up, but an inch or so shorter than the length, and lay it on top of the roll up so it is flush with three sides and there is a tale of rollup on the opposite side from you.

Step 4)  Cut one twizzler in half, or lay out two or three swedish fish.  Place the filling about an inch in from the close side of the rollup, pressing it slighting into the Rice.

Step 5) Lift up the close edge of the rollup, using your fingers, or simply rolling the cookie mat itself, roll the edge of the rollup and Rice over the filling, and keep rolling, folding the mat back as you do to keep it from getting caught in the Rice.  (If this confuses you, you can find a sushi bar and watch them roll the maki)

Step 6) With the rolled sushi still in the mat, give it a few soft even squeezes, and then unroll.  if the tale of the fruit rollup is not sticking to rest of the roll on its own, wet your finger with water and run it along the underside to make it sticky, and press down.  

Step 7) With the sharp knife, cut the roll in half shortways.  Then cut those halves in half.  This gives you four little maki wheels.

Voila!    

To serve:

Place 3 to 8 Sushi rollups on a small plate.  Serve with chocolate dipping sauce, or drizzle melted chocolate over the rolls and allow to set.

These can be made with any soft candy as a filling, and possibly jams, fresh fruit, or shaved chocolate as a filling.  Hard candy is not recommended.