I admit to joining the ranks of coffee lovers. And the ranks I join are vast and unmoving. We rule the world. Coffee lovers unite! But, even better then coffee…dare I say it? Latte Just the word is beautiful. Well, I live about 15 miles from the nearest coffee shop. But my love for lattes can’t wait 15 miles. Or 5, sometimes. Never fear…I have learned how to make a perfect latte with a stovetop espresso maker. Not even joking. It’s delightful. sigh.
Do you know what a stovetop espresso maker is? They are easy to find at any Target or Walmart or HERE. Mine looks like this…
Isn’t she a beaut! Let me walk you through the basic way of making a perfect latte. It really is sooo much simpler then you think!
To make 2 nice big mugs of latte:
Fill the bottom with cold water about to the little valve.
I use about 3-4 tablespoons of espresso (this is the kind I use) and then press it down with the back of a spoon. This is what mine looks like full and ready to go.
Screw the top on to the bottom and put it on med-high heat.
Here’s the important part… when the pot starts to percolate TAKE IT OFF THE HEAT!
Heat milk. I use 1.5 to 2 cups of milk. I recommend using something good and creamy. This is not the time to get all calorie-worried. Save that for when you learn to make perfect oatmeal. Heat the milk to just under 150degrees. I use a candy thermometer to make sure I watch it. Also, keeping the heat at medium guarantees it won’t burn. AND allows me to work on the espresso part while the milk heats.
Froth the heated milk. I use a little frother made for this. You could whisk it for a really, really long time too.
Putting it together. You want about 1 part espresso to 2 parts milk and foam. Pour in the espresso. Then use a spatula to hold back the foam and pour half of the milk. The add foam. (for the PERFECTEST PERFECT latte put 1 tsp vanilla, and 3 tsp sugar into your mug before the espresso)
Now you can thank me for saving the world. Cause knowing how to make this should get me a Nobel Peace Prize. A Nobel Peace Prize for latte making.
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