It’s no surprise that coffee and chocolate make a great pairing. Even when you can’t taste the coffee in a chocolate dessert, it enhances the flavor. As Corby Kummer said in his book The Joy of Coffee, “Some combinations are mysteriously great: they release more flavors than either component has on its own. This (coffee and chocolate) is one of them.” Here are some other recipes where coffee is the ‘secret’ ingredient; you might not be able to pick out the flavor of coffee, but it is there to enhance the taste and depth of flavor in the recipe.
We hope you are thinking about your own terrific, original recipes to enter in the Everything Tastes Better with Coffee Recipe contest (see the rules on this website). In the mean time, please try this delicious dessert, which came to us courtesy of the gorgeous and talented chef Clarice Lam, Chef/Owner of The Baking Bean, an online pastry business, based in New York City.
And for a wonderful dessert treat, here’s an easy and delicious recipe for Affogato. Affogato means “drowned” in Italian. Here, creamy vanilla ice cream with a luscious chocolate amaretto sauce, are served ‘drowning’ in coffee. The smoothness of the ice cream is complemented by the crunchy amaretti cookies crumbled throughout. Read this dessert recipe→
This vegetarian version of a French classic is made rich and earthy with our surprise ingredient—coffee! The soup is low-calorie and low-fat (which lets you justify serving it with a gooey melted cheese topping!) Read this french onion soup recipe→
Sourdough breads are made without yeast; they are based on a starter, made of flour and water, mixed and left alone, till it comes to life as a bubbling leavening agent. Some people keep the same starter for years, taking out what they need each time and “feeding” it with more flour and water, as needed. To make this crusty, hearty bread, you will need to create your own starter, which you must make at least one day in advance to have ready when you want to make the bread. Coffee will help you get that rich, dark color! Read this sourdough pumpernickel bread recipe→
Spicy, sweet and exotic, the flavor of coffee and curry is blended together perfectly by the nutty taste of peanut butter. You may also use a tender cut of beef, lamb or pork with this marinade. The marinade can be made a day before marinating your protein source. If you have the time, marinating the chicken or meat overnight in the refrigerator is the best way to increase flavor. Read this coffee spiced chicken saté recipe→