When stay-at-home orders were put in place last spring because of the worsening coronavirus pandemic, many people turned to cooking for themselves out of entertainment or necessity or both. Home cooking is now hotter than a cookie fresh out of the oven. Quarantine Kitchen features some of our favorite recipes from members of the St. Joe’s community, who used their home confinement to nurture their sourdough starters, or perfect Teta’s stuffed grape leaves or make bread (so much bread) or contribute to feta shortages (thanks a lot, TikTok). Got a quarantine recipe you’d like to share? Email us at [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Like many college students who lived at home during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, I fell down a rabbit hole of Instagram Story challenges and TikTok trends when I wasn’t in online classes. One of my favorite fads to circle the web was this recipe for whipped, or dalgona, coffee. Dalgona coffee gets its name from a Korean sweet called dalgona, which is a honeycomb sponge or toffee treat. The drink often resembles the candy in both color and taste.
Videos of people making homemade dalgona coffee, under the hashtag “#dalgonacoffeechallenge,” spread like wildfire throughout South Korean social media in the beginning of last year’s lockdown before making its way to the U.S. Dalgona coffee requires only three core ingredients and takes less than five minutes to make. It deserves to make a comeback.
Start to finish: 5 minutes
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons instant coffee
2 tablespoons hot water
¾ to 1 cup milk (add to your taste)
Ice cubes (optional)
Heat water in a microwave or on a stove top to the point of just before boiling.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine coffee, sugar and water. Using a hand mixer, stand mixer or whisk, whip the mixture for 2 minutes. Once the mixture is thoroughly whipped, taste it and add more sugar if necessary.
Transfer the coffee mixture to a glass, then add milk and ice to taste. Using a spoon or straw, stir the mixture and enjoy.