Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Caramel Lattes

Paul took me to Spain last year, and we were crazy about the coffee. Pretty much a shot of espresso and warm milk. It is delicious. When we came back home, regular coffee wasn't cutting it, so we decided to go the Spanish way.

Here are the instructions for my weekend Caramel Lattes...not necessarily what we had in Spain, but I love the Cinnamon Dolce Latte from Starbucks, and this is the next best thing.

Here is my coffeemaker:


First, I prepare my cups, I use about 1/3 tsp. of Cinnamon Brown Sugar Syrup. I find this at World Market:

Don't use too much, this is pretty strong, and sweet.

Then, I add my sugar, and I really like turbinado sugar, or Sugar in the Raw, and I only use 1 tsp...but you can adjust this.

Now I am ready to make the espresso:


I always make a double shot. Because I add so much milk, this makes sure the coffee flavor comes thru.


Then I tamp down the coffee, but not too much!

Time to make the espresso:


As you can see in the pic above, my coffee maker actually has a warming plate on the top, when you are done brewing, you set your up above to stay warm while you make another and also to stay warm while you froth the milk:

We only drink soymilk, so that is what I use. It froths really well too:



If I want a little more foam, I use this little immersion blender and it whips up the milk great.
If you don't have a coffee machine that makes espresso and has the wand to froth the milk, pick up one of these. Make a strong cup of coffee, then warm up some milk on the stove or microwave (be careful because this will boil over the glass and make a mess in your microwave if you don't watch it!) and whip up your foam with is a great tool!
That is it, now I just stick the tip of the whip cream dispenser right under the edge of the foam and put a little in there to give it a bit of richness.

Lastly, I top it with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a shake of is so good!

I only make these on the weekends, so they take a little time, but well worth it!

1 comment:

Dena said...

I want one of these, please! Love the new layout, too.