As you savour a well-earned cup of coffee, why not think about making that delicious aroma last a little longer by creating some sweet and savoury coffee dishes?
If you're coffee-crazy and want to eat the stuff as well as drink it, here are some ideas to help that morning coffee rush last all day.
1. Smoky Black Bean Soup
Two cups of brewed coffee add a toasty background note to this hearty bean soup, which can be vegetarian, or add ham hock for a smoky, salty ham flavour.
2. Coffee-Rubbed Rib Eye Steak
Spices, mustard and brown sugar are mixed with two tablespoons of finely-ground coffee beans to create a rub which is pressed into the steak to coat it before searing and then roasting, to create an irresistible and unusual flavour.
3. Brewed and Braised Cherry Chicken
The dried cherries and fennel in this quirky recipe add a nice contrast to the bitterness of the finely ground beans, which are rubbed into the chicken pieces to marinate them for a few hours, before baking in a coffee, chicken stock, balsamic vinegar, fennel and cherry mixture.
4. Coffee & Beer Chilli
Coffee and beer give this thick and spicy chilli a unique flavour – and there's even a sprinkling of cocoa in the mountains of ingredients in this recipe.
5. Coffee and Chocolate Pudding
This is a self-saucing pudding, with little ramekins topped with a strong coffee, sugar and cocoa sauce that thickens on standing after baking. It contains enough coffee to add to the richness of the dessert, without being overpowering.
6. Mocha Cheesecake Bars
Filled with coffee flavour, these creamy cheesecake bars feature a crust of crushed chocolate cream biscuits and hot fudge, topped with a filling of coffee, cream cheese, soured cream and dark chocolate.