July 27, 2022

Baking And Cooking With Coffee: 4 Recipes You Need To Try

By Nadiah Ang
Baking And Cooking With Coffee: 4 Recipes You Need To Try

You got that right. Coffee, including cold brew coffee, can be used to make mouth-watering recipes at home and share with your loved ones. From cakes to steaks, you can add coffee to elevate the taste of your favourite homemade dishes. 

If you love a cup of coffee, you will definitely enjoy devouring dishes that are made more delectable with a bit of caffeine in them. 

Check out these gastronomic recipes infused with cold brew coffee in Singapore and try them at home. 

1. Coffee and brown sugar-marinated bacon

Coffee and bacon are staples for a delicious breakfast. But have you tried coffee-flavoured bacon? Now, you can by marinating your bacon in cold brew and some brown sugar. 

To make this mind-boggling recipe, you will need: 

  • 1 pound of thick slices of bacon
  • 1 tablespoon of ground coffee
  • 2 tablespoons of cold brew coffee 
  • ½ cup of brown sugar

Place a flat rack on a baking pan lined with wax paper. Then, lay your bacon strips on the rack. Rub ground coffee on the strips. Combine brown sugar and cold brew and stir until you achieve a paste-like consistency. Brush half of the mixture on your bacon strips. Then, bake your bacon for 15 minutes in a preheated oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, turning the bacon over and brushing with your sugar and coffee glaze. 

2. Cold brew BBQ sauce

Want an upgrade to your sauce game? Add cold brew into the mix for a mind-blowing BBQ spread at home. 

For this caffeine-infused sauce, you need: 

  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 1 cup of cold brew coffee
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne powder

In a small saucepan, mix all the ingredients and simmer for about 15-20 minutes until it becomes thicker. Let it cool, and then serve with your grilled meats and vegetables. 

3. Coffee-brined chicken

You can also use cold brew to make your roasted chicken smell and taste divine. With chicken that’s brined in coffee, you’ll have a pot of tender and melt-in-your-mouth dish that everyone will love. 

The ingredients for the chicken are: 

  • 4-5 pound whole organic chicken
  • 2 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 cups 1% milk

For the coffee brine, you will need: 

  • ½ litre cold brew coffee
  • 3 ounces kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorn
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 2 navel oranges, halved
  • 15 ounces ice

You will need to pat dry the chicken and place it in a 2-gallon-sized plastic bag. In a small pot, combine star anise, cloves, peppercorns, and salt, lightly crushing the spices. Next, squeeze the orange halves and add them to the mixture. Pour cold brew coffee and stir. Then, cover the pot and allow the brine to steep for about 10 minutes.

In a large bowl of ice, pour the coffee brine and stir until the ice melts. Next, pour the entire mixture with the chicken into the plastic bag. Seal and let it sit at room temperature for 2-3 hours. Take the chicken out, pat it dry, and let it dry for 1 hour in the refrigerator. After an hour, pat dry the chicken and rub both sides with brown sugar. Brown the chicken on both sides in a preheated oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, add milk, cover, and cook for an hour with the lid. After that, remove the lid and continue to cook for about 30-40 minutes or until the temperature inside the chicken is 165 degrees Fahrenheit. 

4. Pumpkin spice latte cupcakes

To end your meal incredibly, you should make pumpkin spice latte cupcakes loaded with toasty flavours that will send you to dessert heaven. 

For the cupcakes, you will need: 

  • 1 16.25 ounces of spice cake mix 
  • 1 15 ounces can of pumpkin puree
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil 
  • ¼ cup cold brew coffee

Whisk all the ingredients together and divide the batter evenly among the cupcake liners placed in a 24-cup muffin pan. Once your oven has been preheated at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, place the pan inside. Bake the cupcakes for about 20 minutes or until you get moist crumbs after inserting a wooden toothpick into one of the cupcakes. 

For the frosting, you will need: 

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 16 ounces powdered sugar
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • A pinch of salt
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Caramel sauce

Beat the butter until fluffy and light in colour. Lower the speed of your electric mixer and slowly add the powdered sugar until the mixture becomes smooth and soft. Add salt and mix for about a minute. Pour the mixture into a piping bag and pipe it onto your cooled cupcakes. Lastly, drizzle with pumpkin pie spice and caramel sauce. 



Cold brew coffee can be mixed into everyday dishes, making them taste better. While you can enjoy some popular cold brew coffee pairings, you can also certainly enjoy this caffeinated drink in unique ways by using it as an ingredient that will make your all-time favourite meals much more enjoyable. 

At Wake The Crew, you can get your daily dose of refreshing and energy-inducing cold brew coffee with our cold brew coffee delivery. On top of that, we also offer freshly brewed, ready-to-drink bottled cold brew coffee and mobile coffee cart in Singapore for events. Feel free to drop us a line today for more enquiries!

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