I faithfully return every morning to my favorite coffee shop, but occasionally I’m inspired to consume my espresso in inventive ways. Although I’m eternally grateful to my barista, the lure of incorporating coffee into baked goods for a deep and sophisticated element is too hard to resist.
In these Cappuccino Brownies, coffee is paired, not surprisingly, with chocolate for a rich, harmonious flavor. The fudgy, espresso-infused brownies are layered with a cream cheese frosting and coffee ganache. But my next shot of espresso is going in Coffee Toffee “Pie” made with a crispy caramel crust, chocolate espresso filling, and topped with rum-spiked whipped cream for a look that is reminiscent of a frothy latté.
For an adult take on the classic root beer float, I’m trying the Caramel Espresso Float that ditches the soda for sweetened espresso and is finished with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and chopped nuts.
What’s your favorite way to cook or bake with coffee?