Cooking with Coffee: 6 Recipes that Pack a Caffeinated Punch

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Espresso Maple Bacon Recipe »

Servings: 2

Ingredients:
1/2 pound thick-cut nitrate-free bacon (approximately 6-­8 slices)
1/4 cup Toby's Maple syrup

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Photo by: Toby's Estate

Espresso Maple Bacon Recipe »

Servings: 2

Ingredients:
1/2 pound thick-cut nitrate-free bacon (approximately 6-­8 slices)
1/4 cup Toby's Maple syrup (recipe below)
Toby's Espresso-­Maple Syrup
3 shots Bedford Espresso
1/2 cup pure Vermont Maple Syrup
6 whole cardamom pods

Directions:
Stir together the espresso and the syrup.

Add the cardamom pods and let steep together in the fridge overnight.

Remove the cardamom pods.

​For the Bacon:
Lay the bacon out on a sheet pan. Bake in a 350-degree oven, turning once until bacon is mostly crisp but not too dry.

Remove from the pan. Brush 1⁄2 teaspoon of the Espresso - Maple syrup on each slice of bacon and let cool a bit before devouring.

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The coffee craze is about to get crazier. Chefs and even in-the-know home cooks are increasingly playing off the rich, complex flavors in coffee and espresso beans to punch up sauces, add depth to meat or flavor up their desserts. And with the abundance of haute coffee shops springing up across the country, you can easily get your hands on this gourmet ingredient that you've been missing.

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We asked some of our favorite chefs and baristas for their coffee-inspired recipes (both sweet and savory) so that you can get your caffeine boost in all forms, from espresso-glazed bacon to Turkish coffee shortbread. And for those of you already firing up the grill, consider adding coffee to your barbecue sauce or using it to braise your ribs.

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