Today is International Coffee Day. Coffee heads all over the world don’t need a specific date to celebrate their preferred beverage but we’re still a-buzz on this special day.
Coffee, of course, needn’t simply be in the form of a beverage – there are plenty of dishes that use coffee as a flavouring. Although many desserts use coffee, it can also be used for savoury dishes. Here are a number of ways to use your bean and eat it too!
Espresso Chocolate Sauce
Use this sauce over ice cream, to drizzle over loaf cakes or even add to milk for a chocolatey beverage. If you want a bit more kick, add a tablespoon or two of coffee liquor.
Heat 125ml condensed milk and 2 tbsp strong brewed coffee. Take off the heat and add 60g finely chopped dark chocolate. After 2 minutes, stir the mixture until smooth.
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Coffee Salad Dressing
A salad dressing with coffee may seem a little strange, but what the espresso powder (use ordinary coffee powder, if you like) does is just add a little savouriness. It’s great as a dressing for a mix of raw greens, but goes particularly well with roasted or charred vegetables.
Combine 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp honey, and 1 tsp instant espresso. Whisk until honey and espresso are dissolved. Gradually add ⅓ cup olive oil, whisking constantly. Season with salt and pepper.
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Coffee Paprika Salt
Just add a dash of this to meat before grilling, or use it as a condiment just as you would salt and pepper.
Stir 2 tbsp flaky sea salt, 1 tbsp ground coffee, and 1 tbsp smoked Spanish paprika in a small bowl to combine.
When you’re making a roast, use some of this marinade with the raw meat, and save the rest to brush on the meat when it is in the oven or on the barbecue.
Chop 2 garlic cloves and 1 small shallot, and combine with 1 cup of room-temperature strong coffee, ¼ cup balsamic vinegar, ¼ cup Dijon mustard,¼ cup (packed) light brown sugar, 2 tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper.
Banana & Coffee Smoothie
Technically, this is a coffee beverage, but the consistency of this smoothie is thick enough to require some chewing!
Into a food processor, place 2 bananas, 1 cup milk, 125ml plain yoghurt, 1 tsp instant coffee, 2 tbsp honey and 4 to 5 ice cubes. Blitz for about three minutes.
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