Every coffee lover eventually reaches the point where their morning mug just isn’t enough. If you’ve come to this stage, it’s time to start incorporating coffee into your everyday cooking. Not only will you enjoy the flavor, but you’ll also wring every last use out of your java! If you’re ready to get creative with your coffee, here are 10 great ideas.
1. Baked Desserts
Is there anything better than the taste of coffee and chocolate? The next time that you’re making cakes, brownies or doughnuts, add a splash of liquid coffee to your mixing bowl. The flavor will spread throughout the dessert while it bakes, and the result will be a heavenly union between chocolate and caffeine.
What do you get when you combine things like cinnamon, brown sugar, maple syrup, cayenne pepper and coffee? A delicious coffee glaze, that’s what! Just mix your ingredients in a bowl and use the back of your spoon to spread them over your pork chops and chicken breasts. Then cook your dish like normal. The glaze will come out sweet, smokey and absolutely perfect.
If you’ve never heard of “red-eye gravy,” now is your chance to experience enlightenment. A staple of southern cuisine, it’s made with a combination of black coffee and the dripping leftovers of pan-fried sausage or ham. You can also add flour to thicken it and make tasty country gravy. However you choose to make it, it’ll definitely be a flavor with a kick.
The best thing about a coffee marinade is that it can be made with the dregs of the pot, so if there’s anything left in your coffee maker late in the afternoon, don’t throw it away! Use it for a marinade instead. You can soak everything…
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