Coffee with breakfast is a given for any enthusiast but there are also many kinds of recipes that use the products from your espresso machine baked right in to the foods you love. You can use espresso, lattes, and used grounds to create healthy breakfast alternatives that are easy to grab and go when you don’t have time in the morning for more. Learn how to utilize your machine in ways you never imagined and never again go without your espresso or breakfast because you think you don’t have time.
You can use your espresso machine to make ingredients that work with nearly any kind of baked good but if the original recipe doesn’t call for it, you’ll have to remember that you’re adding extra liquid or extra dry ingredients and compensate accordingly. It all comes down to basic chemistry. Adding extra liquid makes a batter runny and adding extra powdery ingredient or wet used grounds will also change the consistency of both the batter and the finished product.
Don’t let this extra work stop you from making the attempt at new and wonderful baked goods. Try out recipes that call for “espresso powder” or brewed espresso to see how it all goes together before you try to make your own. After that, the process will require some trial and error. Let that part be fun! You may find that a brand new mix that is better than any recipe out there.
Before you start any kind of trial and error process, fire up your espresso machine and do some recipe research. First, look for recipes you know you can follow, things you already understand how to make. You don’t have to stick to baked goods and can try other things like smoothies and breakfast beverages that are enhanced by espresso. When you have that down, go for more challenging recipes or try altering the ones you’ve already perfected.
Ask friends for help or for recipes that they’ve also tried and perfected. Look at social media and blogs in your recipe search or on websites that cater to high-end espresso machine users. Cafes and chains sometimes have recipes available and don’t underestimate the power of a general search. When searching for recipes online, be sure to look through the comments as well for alterations to the recipes that others have tried. Most recipe sites have sections where people who have made the recipe before have advice for others that plan to try it as well. Use those tips to make your own alterations.
We all know that coffee and chocolate are a beautiful combination but there are other flavors that also work well when adding espresso or coffee to your breakfast recipes. This is where a grinder comes in most handy. A burr grinder is best because it grinds particles into uniform pieces but when you’re cooking with coffee grounds instead of brewing them in the espresso machine this isn’t always a necessary consideration. A burr grinder is also excellent for ensuring the shots you pull from your espresso machine are super concentrated and flavorful, which makes them perfect for adding to recipes. You can grind dried fruit, spices, and other flavors in with coffee grounds to create more dimension to the espresso in your recipes. This will not only enhance flavor but may also provide opportunity for healthy additions.
Make it Healthy
Especially at this time of year, we’re all trying some new diet or meal plan that’s supposed to add nutrition to our food. What better way for that idea to be employed than baking it into breakfast foods or adding to smoothies? Ingredients like chia seeds, chopped and/or ground almonds, hemp seeds, and other ancient grains will enhance the flavor and nutrients of your recipes and they’ll combine nicely in the grinder with coffee beans.
The used coffee grounds from your espresso machine make an excellent ingredient in many baked goods that will still retain caffeine content. From cupcakes to iced cream, glazes and sauces, you can recycle already used grounds to create culinary masterpieces that stun guests and give you treats, snacks, and breakfast options to take on the go. You can even make homemade coffee ice cream that tastes great added to other espresso drinks and smoothies.
Night Before Prep
Enjoying a shot from your espresso machine in the morning means you have to brew it when you wake up. Unless you want your shots cold, they won’t taste the same unless they’re fresh and you know that. When you bake things the night before or put together the ingredients for a smoothie to be blended, you can cut your morning prep time by several minutes. You can have extra time to get ready, leave for work on time or a little early, and make sure you have everything you need before you go.
You won’t have to worry about a frenzy to get things together because you’ll have one last thing to remember. Simply grab the treat you prepared the night before and you’re all ready. You can also prepare a large batch and store the portions to be used all week. This saves time and, in the long run, money. Find out what you can buy in bulk and how to store prepared recipes in the freezer.
Espresso and Breakfast
After all is said and done, there are many different ways to prepare espresso and use your espresso machine that you have yet to realize. Give yourself time to explore every function and try out new things so that you can get the most of your machine and the most of your breakfast. Feel good and be energized all day long when you include espresso as a staple in the food you cook every morning.
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