Decadent drinks: homemade caffe latte and cappuccino

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Decadent drinks: homemade caffe latte and cappuccino

Caffe latte

Makes two servings

  • 375 ml (1 1/2 c) skim or low-fat milk
  • 150 ml (2/3 c) freshly brewed espresso
  • Ground cinnamon or sweetened cocoa powder (optional)1. In a small pot over low heat, cook the milk just until tiny bubbles begin to form around the edges of the opt, 10 to 15 minutes; do not let the milk come to a boil. If a skin forms on the surface of the milk, remove it with a spoon and discard.

    2. Divide the espresso between two 250 millilitre (one cup) mugs. Add 75 millilitres (1/3 cup) of the hot milk to each mug.

    3. Using an electric mixer or wire whisk, beat the remaining hot milk until it is frothy. Spoon the milk froth into the coffee mugs, dividing it equally. If desired, sprinkle a little cinnamon or sweetened cocoa powder over the foam before serving.

    Chocolate mint latte: Prepare as directed above, adding a finely chopped 15 gram (1/2 ounce) chocolate-covered peppermint patty to each cup along with the espresso.

    Caffe latte à l'orange: Prepare as directed above, adding 15 millilitres (one tablespoon) Grand Marnier or other orange-flavoured liqueur to each cup along with the espresso.

Cappuccino mix

Love the convenience of instant special coffees to keep at the office or to brew a fast cup for an afternoon pick-me-up? Make your own and you'll save a bundle.

Makes three cups dry mix

  • 250 ml (1 c) instant coffee creamer
  • 250 ml (1 c) instant chocolate milk powder
  • 150 ml (2/3 c) instant coffee crystals or espresso powder
  • 125 g (1/2 c) sugar
  • 2 ml (1/2 tsp) ground cinnamon
  • 1 ml (1/4 tsp) ground nutmegIn an airtight container, combine the ingredients.Cover and shake until they are well blended. For 250 millilitres (one cup) of instant cappuccino, place 45 millilitres (three tablespoons) in a mug or coffee cup. Add 175 millilitres (3/4 cup) boiling water and stir until the mix has completely dissolved.

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