Guest Post: Cooking With Coffee
Ah! Who doesn’t love that delicious smell of coffee in the morning? Coffee helps most of us kick-start our days and many of us would be sunk without it. But, did you know that you can do much more with coffee than just savor a piping hot cup of it in the morning? If just drinking your coffee is not enough for you, here are a few tips to help you add coffee to your favorite deserts and meals.
You can see how it would be easy to add coffee to many desserts. Many popular desserts already incorporate espresso powder into the ingredients to give the resulting treat a strong kick of awesomeness.
You can add this goodness to your desserts too.
Try adding espresso powder to your chocolate treats. Chocolate mocha mousse is to die for. And topping your cake with mocha cream icing will put the “wow” factor through the roof.
If baking is not your thing, you can still add that robust coffee flavor to any dessert you wish by making your own coffee liqueur. You can find many recipes and variations for homemade coffee liqueur. Here is a basic recipe that you can modify and make your own:
– 2 Cups Vodka
– 2 Cups White Sugar
– 2 Cups Water
– 1/3 Cup Instant Coffee Granules
– 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
Bring the water and the sugar to a boil over medium heat. Simmer for about ten minutes, remove from heat, then stir in the coffee granules. Let the mixture cool.
When the coffee mixture has cooled, stir in the vodka and vanilla, pour into clean glass bottles, and store in a cool dark place for a week or so.
This coffee liqueur keeps for a long time if properly stored. You can pour it over vanilla ice cream or add it to cookie dough and cake batter in place of other liquids. You can make some great coffee based cocktails, as well.
Adding Flavour to Savoury Dishes
This is territory that even most die-hard coffee enthusiasts don’t even know exists. This is a shame, because coffee can add amazing new dimensions to your food if you use it properly.
Coffee can be used as a spice in many different savoury dishes. You can either add strongly brewed coffee to your saucy dishes (tomato sauce gets a really nice, rich, smoky flavor from coffee) or you can use ground roasted coffee beans in your barbecue rubs and marinades. You can make a quick coffee steak rub based on this recipe:
– 6 Teaspoons Coffee Grounds
– 2 Teaspoons Salt
– 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
– 1 Teaspoon Pepper
– 1 Teaspoon Dried Parsley
– ½ Teaspoon Paprika Powder
– ¼ Teaspoon Cayenne Powder
Mix all the ingredients and store in an airtight container. You can rub this mixture onto pork, beef, or any other meat you want to grill. Rub the meat with the mixture at least an hour before cooking, to let the flavors really soak in.
These base recipes can help you to add that toasty coffee flavor to many different dishes. Just remember that darker roasts are best suited for dishes with other strong flavors and lighter roasts are best for milder flavored dishes and meats. Have fun experimenting and finding out what works best for you and your taste buds.
About the author: Stacey Cavalari holds a B.A in Communications and currently writes for Viamedic.com, a safe facilitator for consumers to obtain FDA-approved medications online. Stacey uses her communications and research skills to cover health and wellness on the Viamedic.com Blog. Photo credit: galant on Flickr