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5 Coffee Shop Snacks to Recreate at Home

Hanging out with friends or perusing a thrilling book at a coffee shop is a terrific way to spend a lazy weekend afternoon. But it can put a huge dent in your budget. Who can resist those freshly baked bread, glistening buns, and towering cakes on display? Spending just half an hour there will entice you to purchase a beverage, a few snacks, and maybe even a sweet treat.

But why head out and spend in excess if you can recreate the experience at home? This way, even if you’re penny-pinching, you don’t have to deny yourself a good time. Just flex your creative muscles to transform your kitchen and dining space into a five-star café. As for snacks, take your pick from the following and breeze through prep quicker than it takes to brew your coffee.

1. Pandesal With Kesong Puti

A large brown bag filled with pandesal

Do you want to pair your homemade latte with a savory snack? Start with this two-ingredient sandwich. Coffee shop recipes don’t need to be complicated! You just have to think out of the box.

There are many ways to enjoy kesong puti. You can have it fresh and simply sprinkled with some sea salt. Or, you can toast it in the oven for a few minutes or until just lightly browned. Try it with some brown sugar for a sweet-savory profile. You can also play around with dried herbs for topping. And if you have a few extra minutes, slice the cheese into strips, dip it in beaten egg, coat in Japanese breadcrumbs, and fry until crunchy.

The next step? Tuck your cheese slices into freshly warmed pandesal. Finish with a drizzle of honey, a pinch of pepper, or a splash of olive oil. Now, you have a gourmet sandwich at a fraction of the price. To cut costs further, get your cheese fresh from the wet market and your pandesal from the neighborhood panaderya.

2. Roast Chicken Sandwich

A small baguette filled with roast chicken, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes

If you want something heartier, add more meat to your sandwich. Take that leftover roast chicken out of the fridge and make a roaring sub for a quick fix.

Putting this together won’t take much time. Just remove all the meat from the bones and shred them. Heat some oil in a pan, add the chicken, and sauté until heated through. While you wait for that to finish, you can already toast your bread. A small baguette works well for this, but you can also use a croissant, ciabatta, or plain old monay.

Ready to assemble? Tuck some of your chicken into the bread. If you want a café-style sandwich, the secret is to make it as colorful as possible. Go for any vegetable you have, like lettuce leaves, tomato slices, and cucumber rounds. You can also add surprise ingredients like cheese, pickles, raisins, and fresh fruits. Finish with a simple dressing of mayonnaise flavored with Knorr Liquid Seasoning.

3. Ham and Cheese Panini

Two ham and cheese panini slices on a piece of parchment paper

Hot or cold? How do you like your sandwich? If you prefer the former, it’s time to make a panini! But don’t worry; you can do this even without a machine.

Start by preparing the kesong puti pandesal or the roasted chicken sub. Alternatively, you can prepare your favorite ham and cheese sandwich with simple white bread. Next, heat a grill pan over medium-high flame. Place the sandwich on the pan, then top it with another pan and a few cans. Press down with all your might and cook for a couple of minutes. Flip your sandwich, then repeat. Enjoy!

4. Crispy Tofu Bites

Fried tofu cubes topped with spring onions

Craving a lighter snack? Make crispy tofu bites that take less time than most people think. Plus, you only need a handful of affordable ingredients for this. Start with extra firm tofu. Slice it into cubes, then fry until golden. Use an air fryer if you want to skip the oil.

From here, the possibilities are endless! You can toss the cubes in five-spice seasoning and serve as is. Or, coat them with teriyaki sauce and drizzle them with sriracha. You can also sauté them in butter with bell peppers, garlic, and onion. Don't forget to finish with a splash of Knorr Liquid Seasoning! Enjoy with a matcha-based drink or your favorite tea.

5. Cream Cheese Cupcakes

Three cupcakes topped with cream cheese and red sprinkles

If your coffee shop habit is pairing your drink with something sweet, this one’s for you. Elevate grocery cupcakes by topping them with a DIY cream cheese frosting! You’ll have a treat that’s just as good as the ones you order, but for half the price.

Focus on the frosting. Combine softened cream cheese with powdered sugar, a little salt, some vanilla extract, and butter. Mix this with a wire whisk until fluffy, then pipe or spoon over your cupcakes. Finish with sprinkles to complete the look.

If you need more snack suggestions, try a chicken coleslaw bun, cheesy bacon pandesal, or a hot dog and scrambled egg sandwich. All it takes is a little imagination and some willingness to experiment. To complete the coffee shop experience at home, dim the lights and play instrumental music (there are many playlists online!). You can even light coffee-scented candles to set the mood. Staying in can’t get any more rewarding!

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