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I admit to loving coffee more than is healthy, I’m sure. Willingly admit it. I also sneak fries here and there, skip a work-out in favor of a movie more days than I care to admit, and allow the dog up in bed with me even though its mostly against the rules.
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I don’t apologize. These moments are soul-building and usually with a friend or child (sometimes the same thing!). And here’s the thing, I adore making homemade latte’s at home. My family loves them and it’s such a joy to create them and sit and chat over one. For me, homemade latte’s equal family time.
I hope they may be the same for you. Give it a try and let me know.
If you don’t want/don’t have the ability to make espresso with a stove-top espresso maker try brewing a really strong cup of coffee. Often, that’s perfectly fine!
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 idea of how to make a latte. It really is sooo much simpler than you think!
To make 2 nice big mugs of latte:
Fill the bottom with cold water about to the little valve.
Step 3-Froth the milk.
If you don’t have/don’t want the ability to froth the milk on the stove you can try shaking the nonfat or 2% milk in a mason jar (with the lid on!) until it’s foamy, take off the lid, and microwave it for a few secs. You’ll get a few spoonfuls of foam, and a bit of warm milk to pour into your latte.
Screw the top onto 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)
No worries if you never use this tutorial in your life and instead spend your days paying for your latte at the local coffee shop. If I see you there, I’ll cheer you with my mug! We all find our moments in different ways, don’t we.
If you would like to make coffee at home but not quite sure where to start Here’s a great resource for understanding which coffee making method might be right for you.
And, and… try making your own coffee syrups! Control the ingredients for yourself.
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