Hello :) I'm shaking things up (quite literally) this week and making the Food Friday post about a drink! It is easy to make a delicious and pretty cappuccino at home, with equipment you already have on hand. There's no need for an expensive machine for this one; all you need is your regular coffee maker and a jar with a tight fitting lid, and a microwave oven. We used a macchinetta) to make the coffee and since we really enjoy foam we invested the $50 or so to buy a milk frothing tool called a Cappuccino Creamer by Frabosk, seen in my "Make Mocha Coffee at Home" post here. But the 'shaking a jar of milk' method works well too and is what I did for the cappuccinos in these photos.
You can make foam for your drink using a special gadget, as seen in this post, or use tools you already have at home ...
Here is how to make hot milk and foam at home:
For two cups of cappuccino use about 3/4 cup of milk. Full fat will result in the bubbliest foam, but in my demonstration today I used low fat 1% milk, so if you're watching your saturated fats, going that route works just fine. (But consider the full fat version for special occasions, because it really is more luxurious and decadent!)
Pour the cold milk into your jar and seal it tightly. Then go to town, shaking vigorously! I counted 100 shakes to make mine. Then UNCAP the jar, and put it in the microwave oven for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.
Pour your coffee into cups and stir in sugar if you take it. Using a long-handled spoon to hold back the foam, pour the hot milk into your cups (mine were a bit small so I put the extra in a jug and added it after I drank some). Then spoon the foam onto your drink.
Coffee is my favourite beverage, and I was happy to drink this up after I took the photos. And I actually found myself saying "mmm ... good" out-loud, even though I was the only one in the house!
Tomorrow is Saturday. Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy a cappuccino in bed in the morning? I hope you do it.
Making Mocha Coffee
Making Cafe au Lait
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