Are you a coffee lover? Do you drink it every day? I never dreamed the day would come when I would find myself among those who call themselves coffee drinkers. A couple of years ago I discovered that I did enjoy an occasional latte – especially if it was from Starbucks. A caramel latte – especially if it wasn’t too strong on the coffee taste but leaned more to the caramel and cream side. Gradually I came to drink the stuff more often, even tasting my husbands coffee occasionally when he made it from really yummy smelling beans. And then I discovered that I could blend my own delicious brew with the right ingredients. And just a few months ago I took it to the next level and began making my own homemade latte.
Half and half is my favorite for cream. I’ll use the heavy whipping cream of course, but I find the flavor is richer with half and half. I add a heaping teaspoon or so of sugar – depends on what kind of coffee we have and how good it is 😀 And the secret for my homemade latte is the immersion blender – the one I bought for mixing my milk paint!
Yep, you read that right! I bought Miss Mustard Seed’s immersion blender to use for milk paint and it never made it to the paint cupboard! My husband picked it up and looked at it when I brought it home and said ‘You should use this to froth your coffee’. So I tried it. And it worked. And I loved it! And who cares if it says ‘milk paint’ on it! It’s a darling graphic and such a cute color I’m not finding it one bit awkward to use for my coffee every morning 😀
I thought I’d share how I make my lattes. Now I don’t claim to make them better than Starbucks. If someone showed up at my door with Starbucks I’d be delighted. If I’m headed to town early in the morning you can bet I’ll find an excuse to swing by Starbucks instead of making my own. But for the most part I’m at home in the mornings. I make my own coffee drinks so this is wonderful for me.
I start with a cup of hot black coffee – a cute mug is not necessarily required but I’m convinced it does make any hot beverage taste a lot better.
I put in my scoop of sugar and then add the cream (half and half) till the coffee is the lovely caramel color I like it to be. This is learned by practice! Sometimes I have to add a bit more sugar or cream – depends on what coffee beans my hubby has used.
Immerse the blender in the coffee, turn on, and blend for about 15 to 20 seconds. If the mug is too full it can quickly overflow on you as the cream whips. You can heat the cream first if you want, and even whip it before adding it to the coffee. But all those steps take more time and if the coffee is very hot to start with I don’t need my cream heated first. The cooler cream makes my coffee the perfect temperature when I’ve started with hot-hot coffee.
Quick and easy! Just the way I like it. Hot coffee. Add sugar. Add half and half (or cream). Whip with immersion blender. I’m sure the cute milk paint blender makes it taste better too. Sit on sofa and sip latte with a happy smile on your face!
How about you? Ever made your own Latte? Someday I want a big kitchen with a special spot for a coffee station – a big one! I want a nice Keurig, one that will make Lattes 🙂