5 Unexpectedly Delicious Ways to Cook with Coffee

Take your beans beyond the coffee cup

From the corner coffee cart to the grande, quad, non-fat, one-pump, no-whip mocha, there are a million ways to get your coffee buzz going. Some of those mean taking coffee out of the cup. Sure, you've seen coffee-enhanced chocolate cake and tiramisu, but we wanted to push coffee to places it's never gone before.

The results may surprise you. You may not think they'll work. But they do, and they take coffee to wonderful places.

Make it a breakfast salad

Breakfast Salad

Breakfast Salad

Bacon and eggs get the salad treatment complete with a zingy espresso vinaigrette and toasty croutons for crunch.Farideh Sadeghin

Espresso's acidity makes it a natural choice to bolster a red wine vinaigrette. And its roasty depth only makes for better bacon in this bacon-and-eggs frisé salad perfect for breakfast.

Caffeinate your waffles

Espresso Waffles with Mocha Drizzle

Espresso Waffles with Mocha Drizzle
Almond flour and espresso powder give bittersweet edge to these waffles, which are glossed with a decadent sauce of condensed milk, coffee, and dark chocolate.Farideh Sadeghin

These waffles get a double dose of espresso: first in the batter, then in a condensed milk-based mocha sauce that's as rich as hot fudge, but far less sweet.

Wake up a sleepy bread

Irish Coffee Soda Bread

Irish Coffee Bread
Espresso powder adds a jolt to this sleepy soda bread. We love it as toast for a breakfast sandwich or to mop up rich sauces alongside a dinner roast. Get the recipe for Irish Coffee Soda Bread »Matt Taylor-Gross

Problem: Irish soda bread often sounds better than it tastes. Solution: This moist, craggly-topped version, which gets impressive depth from a hit of espresso.

Make cauliflower even better

Roasted Cauliflower with Coffee Sauce

Roasted Cauliflower with Coffee Sauce

Tossed in a bold espresso-infused oil, then broiled until just charred, a savory shallot–coffee sauce takes this holiday-worthy side dish over the top.Farideh Sadeghin

You may not think coffee belongs in a shallot cream sauce, but it adds depth a lot like the browned fond in meat dishes. Add in some toasted hazelnuts and you have a rich, nutty way to complement caramelized cauliflower.

End the day with a jolt

Milk Chocolate and Coffee Cake

Milk Chocolate and Coffee Cake

This milk chocolate–butter cake is enhanced with a full 2 tbsp. of espresso powder and topped with a brown sugar–almond crumble.Matt Taylor-Gross

A new take on the classic coffee-infused chocolate cake. This one is as good for ending the day as it is for starting it anew.