Cooking with Coffee Some Top Recipe Ideas

Cooking with coffee is a great way to add flavour to a dish or even to enliven a dessert. You can use fresh ground coffee or even instant coffee. You could start off with simple recipes like chocolate covered coffee beans. You can also get creative and use flavoured syrups such as caramel or gingerbread coffee syrup to glaze cheesecakes or make milkshakes.

Here two of our favourite recipes that incorporate cooking with coffee.

Banana and Coffee Scones… Makes 8 to 10 scones

Ingredients:
2 cups plain flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 to 2 bananas
1/4 cup semi skimmed milk
1/4 cup strong black coffee at room temperature, made using ground coffee (you could try this recipe with a variety of ground coffees to see which kind works best for you.)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Heat oven to gas mark 7/218C. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
2. Using a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Rub in butter until mixture looks like breadcrumbs.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the bananas, milk, coffee and vanilla. Add this mixture to flour and mix gently to make a slightly wet dough.

4. On a floured surface, knead gently for about 30 seconds, forming it into a round flat disk. With a rolling pin, roll dough to a 1/2-inch thickness. Cut into 3 inch rounds and place on baking sheet.

5. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

6. Leave to cool then enjoy!

Coffee Beef Stew… Serves 4

Coffee and beef go surprisingly well together in this recipe.

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1-1/2 pounds lean stew beef, cut into cubes
2 onions, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, chopped finely
2 green peppers, thickly sliced
1oz all-purpose flour
Big splash of dry white wine
Big splash of strongly brewed coffee (instant or ground coffee works fine)
Salt and pepper
Fresh thyme
Bay leaves

Directions:

1. Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Brown meat, then remove and keep warm.

2. Reduce heat to low and soften onions, garlic and peppers for 10 minutes. Gradually stir in wine and coffee. Sprinkle in flour and cook, stirring continually, for 2 to 3 minutes.

3. Increase heat to medium and bring to simmer, stirring constantly. Return the meat to the pan, season with salt and pepper to taste. Add thyme and two bay leaves.

4. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 1 hour or until meat is tender. This dish can also be cooked in a slow cooker over several hours. Remove bay leaves and serve hot.

Cooking with coffee is easy and fun. Coffee flavours work well with spicy foods too, so try it in your chilli con carne to give it a boost. There are lots of great recipes to try if you like cooking with coffee – keep up to date with future posts by following coffee buyer on Facebook or Twitter. Or, to buy high quality coffee products at wholesale prices, from instant and ground coffee through to chocolate coffee beans and caramel coffee syrup, visit the CoffeeBuyer website today.

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