Every house has a jar of instant coffee tucked away somewhere. Don’t just palm it off on unsuspecting guests, do something interesting with it instead

pork rub

Instant coffee, the ingredient with a thousand uses. Apparently

Coffee and custard

Give bread and butter pudding a grown-up twist. Drizzle croissants with a strong shot of coffee before pouring over the egg custard, and bake until golden.

Coffee bacon

Yes, that's right two key breakfast ingredients, united! Dissolve a little instant coffee in maple syrup over a low heat. Remove from heat and stir in slices of bacon until coated. Grill for 15 minutes, drizzled with a little more syrup, until it’s good and crispy.

Coffee granita

Make up some strong coffee in a plastic container with a few spoonfuls of sugar. Freeze until hard, then scratch with a fork to create shards of coffee-flavoured ice. Serve in small glasses with thick cream.

For a chilled twist on an after dinner Irish coffee, add a dash of brandy or Tia Maria to your double cream and serve in little shot glasses.

Chilli trick

Surprising as it may sound a kick of coffee in a sauce can add real depth. Add a splash of strong coffee to your beef chilli towards the end of cooking for an authentic Wild West flavour.

Pork rub

Mix dry coffee granules with smoked paprika, a pinch of sugar and salt. Rub into pork (a quick-cooking cut like fillet or tenderloin is best) before grilling or roasting. These ribs are bittersweet heaven.