I have waited long enough to put this recipe on my blog, and I guess this is the perfect time! Though I am extremely sensitive to any forms of caffeine, I know a lot of people who love to have coffee at night and then also have a wonderful sleep! But I really love coffee. In fact, I have a huge The Oatmeal poster at home that gives some cool coffee facts.
So we all love coffee, don’t we? And we Indians, like ours with milk – yeah a little extra won’t hurt! The recipe that I am sharing with you today, is one of the simplest recipes to make a frothy yet not so milky (for the calorie conscious) latte, that tastes yummy too!
There are a few recipes on the internet that need beating sugar with instant coffee granules and a spoon of warm water endlessly, and then add milk. Let me tell you honestly, that method is not foolproof and does not work in all circumstances. For example, it won’t work if you use an espresso made from filtered coffee instead of using instant coffee granules; it also won’t work if (like me) you use milk creamer and not fresh milk. On top of that, at the end of the whole process your hand would be paining quite a bit. Just in case you still prefer to use dairy powder, make milk with it first, and then follow the recipe.
For this recipe, you would need a simple device known as the French Press. This device is actually used to brew coffee with beans. However, we would use it to foam milk! So let us get into the recipe -
You would need:
- A French Press
- 1/3 cup fresh milk – skimmed milk works just fine (cup size = whatever cup you will eventually be drinking your coffee in)
- 1 teaspoon of sugar (use more if you want sweeter)
- 1 teaspoon hazelnut/vanilla syrup (not essence)
- 1/4 cup brewed coffee / espresso or 2 teaspoons instant coffee powder
- So start off with heating the milk, in a microwave or over the gas, doesn’t matter really.
- If you have warm espresso or brewed coffee, add the sugar and stir once.
- If you using instant coffee granules, then stir them with the sugar in a few teaspoons of warm milk/water
- If you want to add a flavoured syrup (I use Torani’s that I got from the US), add it now to your espresso. 1 teaspoon is enough. Stir and keep aside.
- Now put the 1/3 cup milk in the French press, and this is the most important step – slowly pump the milk. This aerates the milk and makes it frothy! Exactly what you want for your latte.
- Stop once you see that the milk is spilling over, and pour half of the frothy milk into the cup of espresso. Stir.
- Continue pumping the remaining milk for a few times, and then add to the cup.
- Remember – Frothy milk will rise to approximately 3 times of what you started off with :) and this is from experience, I make it every single day!
- Stir one last time giving the pattern the shape you desire!
- Now this whole process takes about 5 minutes, and the milk may cool off a little bit. So push the cup inside a microwave and beam it for about 15 seconds. The froth rises even further and quite rapidly! You must keep observing it and if your cup was already filled to the brim, you may have to stop the microwave in just 5-7 seconds.
- Sprinkle cinnamon powder or chocolate powder if you wish.
- That’s it! You are ready to enjoy or serve!
Difficulty: Very Low
Calories: Low (can be reduced considerably by replacing sugar with sugar-free, in fact you even get sugar-free flavoured syrups)
Drink when: Anytime
Yumminess Factor: Best enjoyed with scones or cookies!