Cooking with Coffee for the Holidays

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We all know that coffee is the best part of waking up, but there’s no reason this delicious drink needs to be limited to the morning hours—especially during the holiday season, when you need that extra burst of energy. Thanks to many creative and tasty recipes, it’s easy to give coffee a starring role at any hour of the day. From breakfast to dinner to dessert to nightcaps, coffee and its counterparts are a great way to get into the holiday spirit and make the most of your favorite drink. The following five recipes are a delicious place to start.

Cappuccino Pancakes with Mocha Syrup, from Pastry Affair 

These pancakes are the perfect way to kick off a holiday. Serve these sweet treats up for brunch and enjoy the buzz of caffeine all day long. A good measure of espresso powder is the secret ingredient here (we recommend our Espresso Blend) and the pancakes are topped with whipped cream and homemade mocha sauce (our French Roast—brewed strong—is a great choice).

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Seattle Chiffon Cake, from Reader’s Digest

Chiffon cakes tend to feature delicate aromas such as lemon. This cake takes a different route to flavor with rich-tasting cocoa powder, cinnamon, and brewed espresso—we love our Espresso Medio for good body and acidity. Walnut oil gives the cake a lovely nutty quality that can’t be beat.

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Coffee & Roasted Almond Chocolate Bark, from Love Food Eat

If you’re searching for the perfect homemade gift for your church group, book club, or mom’s club—look no further. This chocolate bark is studded with roasted almonds and infused with balanced coffee (try our Java Estate Blend)—a match made in heaven. It’s also really easy to make—just mix, melt, and pour onto a silver foil lined board, and keep it in the refrigerator until it hardens. The hardest part will be keeping yourself from eating it before you have a chance to give it away!

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Three-Ingredient Prime Rib Roast, from Food & Wine

Coffee and prime rib might seem like strange partners, but this recipe proves just how perfectly they go together—especially if you use finely ground beans with a heavy body and rich, syrupy flavor, such as our Java Jampit. If you’re looking for a standout main course that will create a Christmas feast to remember, try this recipe on for size.  like unlikely partners, but Ryan Farr’s recipe reveals they both have an earthy quality that makes them a natural match. Just be sure to scrape off any excess coffee rub from the meat before serving.

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Coffee Cocktails, from Bon Appetit

An after-dinner drink is the perfect way to reward yourself for getting through another successful holiday season, and mixing up a Blind Abbot is a great choice. The secret ingredient is cinnamon simple syrup and Irish whiskey, all topped with whipped cream and ground cinnamon. This beverage tastes equally wonderful in coffee, hot chocolate (such as Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Cocoa Powder) or Chai tea (we love Big Train Chai Tea Latte). Bottoms up, and happy holidays!

Get the recipe here.

We hope these recipes inspire you and your customers to use coffee in new and exciting ways this holiday season! If you have questions or need to buy extra supplies to get through the season, contact Java Estate today.