Whilst you may think of coffee primarily as a delicious morning beverage to prepare you for the day ahead, it also makes a fantastic cooking ingredient.
Though the bold and distinctive flavour can sometimes be difficult to work with, it is surprisingly easy to experiment with this fantastically tasty and aromatic foodstuff. With this in mind, here are five interesting ways that you can begin to cook with coffee.
If you want to add a little something to your onion soup recipe, try adding a little espresso powder to the broth. A ratio of around ¼ teaspoon of espresso powder per cup of broth is recommended, though once you’ve tasted the soup, you may want to increase or decrease this amount.
If you have a little espresso powder left over and you’re not using it to liven up your onion soup, you can try adding a bit to chocolate desserts in order to replicate that great mocha flavour. This will work in brownies, mousses, fondues and sauces, so try experimenting with chocolate desserts and see what works. In most recipes, you’ll want to dissolve one or two teaspoons of espresso powder in a couple of tablespoons of hot water before adding it to the other ingredients.
Coffee works fantastically well with a variety of ingredients and spices, such as paprika, cumin, chilli powder, salt, pepper and maybe a little sugar. Mix and grind these all together before rubbing into your chosen vegetables or meat-substitutes.
For those who enjoy experimenting with marinades, coffee can be a great addition to your recipe list. Try brewing a cup of fresh coffee and mixing it with a few other typical marinade ingredients, such as soy sauce, vinegar, seasonings and spices to create a fantastically different cooking liquid.
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Finally, there’s plenty of experimenting to do when it comes to simply creating a cup of coffee. Whether you prefer the French press, pour over method or the Tassimo Coffee Machine, there’s plenty of different ways to make your coffee an exciting proposition. If you find yourself needing a change, you could also try a new coffee blend.
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