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Monday, November 10, 2014

Can the Smell of Coffee Help Sell Your House?

Having trouble selling your house?  Bake a cake and brew some coffee. The fragrance of a home is the best way to ensure prospective buyers that your home is homey and warm.

I may be biased but the best damn cup of coffee on the planet is from the Whole Bean Built-in Coffee System by Miele. Yeah, I know you are not going to buy this for your old house but I highly recommend this machine for your new house!!  A brilliant appliance that will make you happy on the inside and out! It's proven that coffee makes you happy!

I've personally shared a cup of Miele coffee with Dr. Markus Miele in Germany two years ago on Blog Tour Cologne and now again with friends on Blog Tour Cali. Its delicious!  The cappuccinos are frothy like blown up cotton clouds and have a beautiful aroma of espresso. Yum!

Carrie Leskowitz (carriesdesignmiusings) and Patti Johnson (chattipattitalksdesign)

Miele is the leader in innovation and their products are built to last. That's what their motto "Immer Besser" means. A bit more expensive than other models but who cares; it saves you on all those mocha frappachino's at Starbucks.

So back to its innovative details..... this machine is pretty awesome. It knows how tall and wide your cup is and will get the right amount of coffee in your cup without overflow. The touch interface is very easy and it can make 2 different coffee drinks at once. Another plus is that it has a drawer for mugs, plates and dishware. How cool is that? 

Miele Swiss Apple cake 
image: Chasen West

Bake this Miele Swiss Apple Cake along side your coffee and your golden with the sale of your old house! Here is the recipe:

Miele Swiss Apple Cake Recipe


  •     1 Cup + 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  •         1/4 tsp salt
  •         4-5 tbsp butter (slightly soft)
  •        3 tbsp water
  •         1/2 cup finely ground almonds, not mixed in dough


  •         3-4 apples (granny smith or other sharp tasting apples, pears or fruit)
  •          Topping:
o   8 oz heavy cream
o   2 eggs
o   ¼ cup sugar


  •         Mix together ingredients for the crust and knead to a smooth, elastic dough (can use a stand mixer). Knead briefly to bring together into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap or zip lock. Place in refrigerator to rest at least 30 min. (fits in sandwich size zip)
  •          Roll out the pastry on a floured surface, to fit the Miele round baking tin (aka-Pizza Pan). The dough will be thin, you might want to use a rolling pin to carefully place in baking tin. Press edges to side of tin. Prick the pastry with a fork and sprinkle the crust with 1/2 cup of finely ground nuts.
  •        Peel and core the fruit and cut into very thin slices. Arrange the fruit slices on the base.
  •        Beat together the cream, eggs, and sugar, pour over the fruit, then bake. Do not pour the topping over the crust too far in advance of baking or the crust will get soggy.

Thank you Miele for being one of our awesome sponsors on BlogTourCali and for the delicious brunch!

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