Food

Homemade Coffee Extract

I don’t see coffee extract used in recipes or even in stores like I think I should. Maybe it’s me and most times it is but a little coffee in a chocolate recipe can really do wonders.

While I was in culinary school we made a coffee buttercream for a chocolate cake that used instant coffee and booze to make a paste. This recipe is delicious. I could have ate it with a spoon had I not been in class with a bunch of narcs.

I was able to take one of these chocolate and coffee buttercream cakes home for Thanksgiving dinner to my family. My dad devoured it. This dude hates coffee.

That right there is proof that you know something is good.

“I don’t even like coffee but I love this” – says people all the damn time.

I still use it to this coffee buttercream recipe to this day and perhaps I’ll post it next Tuesday. Hint: Please come back next Tuesday.

Extracts are the curse words in the baking world. They emphasize what you are trying to do. It’s like adding a teaspoon of “Fuck yeah” to a recipe.

Adding a teaspoon of coffee extract into your chocolate cake recipe will enhance the richness and flavor of your cake.

Add a teaspoon to a creme brûlée recipe for a coffee creme brûlée. Oh man, a coffee creme brûlée with a cup of coffee is like putting bacon bits on a slice of bacon.

Here’s a tip or more like a secret. Use a little coffee extract next time you marinate some ribs.

Last month I had surgery and well, being stuck home for a long time with just me and my brain and a bottle of pain killers. Some weird shit happened, let me tell ya. One of the few and not so weird things that happened was I wrote a little poem for my best friend coffee.

Ode to Coffee

I’m spending the day with my best friend
He’s sitting next to me
Quiet and hasn’t spoken a word
Since we got together
He doesn’t have to
He’s here and that’s all that matters

He’s comforting
He’s honest and nonjudgmental
He’s hot and sometimes cold
But aren’t we all?

Sometimes he’s sweet
But man can he be bitter
He drinks from time to time
But I don’t mind
He’s actually better with a
Little booze in him

He brings me to life this guy
He’s there when no one else is
This guy goes everywhere with me
I can’t stand being apart from him

I have withdrawals
He’s that amazing

It’s rare that someone gets me
Or tries to figure me out
What’s there to figure out?
He never asks
Thank God

I love you coffee!!!

Love that poem. I’ve never written a poem for someone I love. Beside myself, I’ve never loved anyone the way I love coffee.

A word of caution. This extract recipe sounds too simple and too good not make a cup of coffee. Nothing could be further from the truth.

You might be thinking, “Why can’t I add a teaspoon of extract to a hot cup of water to make my coffee?”

Near fatal mistake my friend. It’s disgusting. If the first try doesn’t make you throw up and you give it another shot in order to figure out the ratio to make it drinkable. Please share with the rest of us.

I can’t bring myself to try it again.

“The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.” – Maximilian Robespierre

COFFEE EXTRACT RECIPE

4oz/113g. Instant coffee – I used Maxwell House Original Blend Instant Coffee
1 1/2oz/ 42g. Hennessy

-combine and let set. You will see little clumps. Let set for at least an hour and those clumps will eventually dissolve.
-your mixture will be thick like motor oil.

 

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