With all the different varieties and flavours of coffee beans, they lend themselves perfectly well to making your dinner entrees and desserts sing.
Here are just a few of the ways that you can easily incorporate coffee into your next meal.
How many times have you brewed a full pot of coffee only to have some left over? If you hate throwing out the last cup or two of brewed coffee, don’t. Save it (pouring it into ice cube trays and freezing is ideal) and use it to flavour mocha desserts such as tortes and cream pies.
A really simple way to add mocha flavouring to a popular dessert? Simply add a few spoonfuls to confectioner’s sugar and beat until smooth then use it to ice the tops of cupcakes.
Here’s an extra dessert idea: toss roasted coffee beans with melted chocolate to make a sweet snack with a jolt.
Here’s another great use for previously brewed coffee – add it to milk, ice cream and a squirt of chocolate syrup in a blender for a milkshake with a bit of added pizzazz.
If you don’t want to mess up the kitchen, simply add sugar or a flavoured syrup and pour over a tall glass of ice.
Coffee makes the basis of a really tasty rub for a good, juicy steak.
Simply start with ground coffee, or coarsely grind your own fresh beans.
Flavoured coffee works very well and gives the rub just a hint of sweetness. Then mix it with your favourite spices, such as paprika, black pepper, garlic and onion powders, and rub it all over the rinsed, dry surface of the meat.
Quickly pan fry the steaks in really hot oil (or butter for added decadence) and you’ve got the basis for a truly delicious supper. This is also a great way to transform cheaper cuts of meat into something special.
For the truly adventurous cook, you may want to try making a coffee rub for fish fillets, too. Add the ground coffee to finely chopped pecans and fresh herbs plus a bit of lemon juice for a flavour perfect for any type of fish.
These are just some of the ways you can take the same coffee you enjoy drinking and use it to flavour the various parts of a meal. Don’t be afraid to experiment; chances are you can come up with your own delicious ways to use coffee for cooking.
Damien Higgins writes for Eden Springs. Even if you can’t cook at work, the Eden office coffee maker will ensure that you have a tasty cup of coffee.
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