6 Delicious Recipes You Can Create Using A Coffee Maker
A hot, strong mug of black coffee is great for that morning pick-me-up when you need to shake off the cobwebs. But as energising as it may be, it can get a little dull after a while. If you've a coffee machine in your kitchen and find yourself making the same cup of joe time and again, or the poor thing has been relegated to a kitchen cupboard somewhere, then it's time to dust it off and get the ideas flowing.
From espresso brownies to replicating speciality coffees from your favourite high street chains, there are all sorts of delicious recipes you can treat yourself to. If you're in the mood to make something new with your coffee maker, then we've collected some tasty ways to use this kitchen essential.
Dirty chai porridge
Don't be put off by the sound of this breakfast-classic-with-a-twist, because it's delicious and well worth trying! Liven up your usual porridge and put a bit more pep in your step by combining your favourite grain cereal with a properly potent blend of strong coffee and chai. The best of both worlds in one bowl, what's not to love?
This recipe calls for chai concentrate, but if you can't find that, then steep 1 tablespoon of black tea in 1 cup of milk, along with a small handful of cardamom pods, black pepper, ginger peel, and a cinnamon stick. Just be sure to strain out the solids, but keep hold of them because you can re-use them for other infusions too.
We're not recommending this as one to have in the morning before work, but for a tasty sip to start the weekend with, this espresso martini recipe does the trick. Some recipes say instant coffee or espresso powder works just as well, but for a truly authentic taste of the classic cocktail, freshly brewed espresso, shaken with lots of ice to cool it down, is the way to go.
Boozy, stimulating and refreshing, don't forget to top with a few coffee beans for that iconic finish.
Leftover espresso ground brownies
If you're the kind of person that hates to see coffee grounds go to waste, or you're conscious of the waste you create, then this is one recipe that's going to be up your street. It might sound odd to re-use something as unappetising as leftover coffee grounds, but when they're going in brownies as delicious as these, it all makes perfect sense.
Gooey, sweet and chocolatey, it's hard to argue with these irresistible treats. And what's more, you can save the leftover brownies you've made for an extra-indulgent start to your day before going to work.
With what's going on in the world right now, many of your favourite coffee chains will be closed, so popping in for your cup of choice simply isn't on the cards right now. Luckily, there are a whole host of recipes out there designed to replicate them, and this DIY mocha frappuccino is among the best.
While this recipe isn't exactly the healthiest, we're firm believers in treating yourself, and right now we could all do with some cheering up, so why not? Rich, creamy and with that all-important kick of strong, freshly brewed coffee, this is not one to miss out on.
What is affogato we hear you ask? It's a deliciously simple Italian dessert that consists of two ingredients: vanilla ice cream or gelato and quality, freshly brewed coffee. That's it. Who said Italian cuisine had to be complicated? While this recipe here alters things ever so slightly, we're not complaining.
Affogato, as it's usually served, is delicious, but a dusting of cinnamon and cardamom, as well as the crunch of the pistachios, add a bit more flavour and bite to the smooth, creamy textures of the original. Either way, it's as simple as a recipe gets, and on a hot summer's day, it goes down a real treat.
Chocolate-dipped espresso meringues
OK, so we're cheating slightly with this one since it uses espresso powder, but we're sure these bite-sized morsels could be adapted with freshly brewed coffee too. And though that 3 hours 30 cook time looks pretty fearsome, the actual prep time is only 30 minutes; the rest of the time is them baking in the oven, so don't fret!
Light and crispy, with the perfect combination of indulgent chocolate and a coffee kick, the only real difficulty is trying not to eat all 24 of these tasty meringue bites in one go. If you manage to resist, let us know.
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