There is nothing like that first cup of coffee in the morning. You and millions of people around the world enjoy a great cup of coffee. Coffee is so popular that there plenty of variations and making the perfect cup has become an art form. But, have you ever considered cooking with your favorite drink? It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that a drink enjoyed by millions would inspire chefs to try it out in the kitchen.
Coffee in Baking
Coffee has been used in sweet after dinner treats for years. There are some terrific chocolate cake recipes that have coffee as an ingredient giving it an incredible flavor. There is coffee flavored ice cream and dozens of different pastry recipes where coffee is used as an ingredient including cheesecakes. The flavor in coffee balances out the sweet that defines baked good.
Coffee in Cooking
While coffee has been paired with sweet for years, how do you make it work in a dish that is savoury? Chefs love coffee because of the mix of flavors that make up coffee including a hint of red wine and a touch of bittersweet chocolate. Brewed coffee can be used to add flavor to soup stock, sauces and it is absolutely delicious in baked beans. Coffee works well in a dry rub, sealing in the juices and giving your roast a beautiful color.
Here are some ways that chefs use coffee in cooking:
- Pair coffee with other strong flavors, coffee should complement other spices. You want a roast that is succulent and tasty not one that tastes just like a cup of black coffee. Coffee will help keep your roast moist and delicious.
- Use coffee as a spice. When you stop thinking of coffee as a drink and think of it as a spice you will find it works great on rubs, soups, stews and tomato sauces too.
- You can use both brewed coffee or coffee grounds for cooking. Brewed coffee can work in sauces and stews while you add ground coffee to rubs or marinades.
- Get creative. Never be afraid to try new things and experiment not only with using coffee but with different coffee beans. There are no rules in cooking but here is what works. Use plain black coffee with dishes that contain citrus, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, garlic, ginger and different types of pepper. With coffee added to those ingredients you can create some incredible marinades.
Cooking with coffee used to be something that just some really creative chefs used to do. Today cooking with coffee has gone mainstream and plenty of people have discovered the magic of cooking with your favorite drink.