Coffee just might be everyone’s addiction. I know I’m not the only one that treasures that first sip in the morning. I sprinkle a little cinnamon on top which mixes with the cream and coffee for the perfect flavor!
Coffee seems to be the lifeblood that keeps us all running. It helps you rise in the morning to face each day and keeps you going when you find yourself needing to burn the midnight oil.
Coffee is a beverage that has been sipped on and savored for many generations, but there are so many more uses for coffee other than just drinking a cup of hot brew in the morning!
Check out these 5 creative ways to use coffee in the kitchen!
An earthy cooking rub
When massaged onto a thick and juicy steak, coffee grounds unleash their magical powers to provide a divine and earthy flavor to meat. It also helps to give it a dark, caramelized crust.
Coffee pairs well with traditional steak spices, and locks in moisture, so flavor and tenderness are maximized. Because it is an acidic ingredient, it helps break down the tough tissues of lower quality steak cuts.
For a quick pick me up after a long hard day, reinvent cocktail hour with friends and family by whipping up some lively coffee cocktails.
You can brew up some strong espresso roast coffee or use leftover cold brew from your morning drinks.
Simply fill a glass with ice, add a shot or two of amaretto, Irish cream liqueur, or spiced rum, and top it off with coffee and whip cream. Turning coffee into a cocktail is one of the most fun, creative ways to use coffee.
Bavarian Coffee Recipe
- 5 oz hot coffee
- ½ oz peppermint schnapps
- ½ oz Kahlua
- Sugar to taste
- Whipped Cream
For an extra bonus you can make a coffee cocktail dessert by blending ice cream, coffee and your favorite spirit and topping it with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.
Make a tasty spread
Start your morning off with an extra kick of caffeine with coffee infused butter or hazelnut spread.
To make coffee butter, brew up some fresh coffee and let it cool for a while. Then whip up a batch of heavy cream until soft peaks start to emerge, add your coffee concentrate and some sugar, to taste, and continue whipping the mixture until it takes on a soft butter consistency.
Stick it in the refrigerator so that it gets cold and firms up.
You can also make a coffee infused hazelnut spread with some strong brewed coffee and a jar of Nutella. Mix small amounts of coffee into the Nutella until you get the desired coffee flavor you crave.
The great thing about a coffee butter or coffee hazelnut spread is you can find a lot of creative ways to use it. Make crepes for breakfast or dessert, add it to your toast, or dip fruit in it for a great snack!
Nothing beats an ice cold treat on a hot summer day, and if you are a fan of old fashioned orange Creamsicles, you will fall equally in love with their caffeine loaded cousins, coffee Creamsicles.
Create a mixture using heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, and fresh brewed coffee that suits your preferred flavor profile. Place it into the refrigerator until it gets cold.
Pour the mixture into a popsicle mold (I love these Ozera molds!) and stick it in the freezer until the mixture is frozen.
Carefully remove the popsicles and enjoy a cool treat that is bursting with heavenly coffee flavor. Just make sure your kids don’t try them, they get hyper enough on just sugar!
Sinful coffee syrup
Coffee syrup is super simple to make and can be poured over a variety of dishes such as pancakes, waffles, ice cream, ham steaks, and more.
In a saucepan, boil equal parts water and sugar until the syrup thickens. Remove from the heat and add coffee to taste. Cool the mixture before serving.
There is nothing better than a cup of jo in the morning, but get creative with your coffee! Be inventive and explore the many ways it can be used in the kitchen other than for just drinking.
Coffee is full of bold and complex flavors that can add life to many different dishes. Find your new favorite way to enjoy it!
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