It’s been a busy and productive weekend. I’ve not had much of a chance to do very much in the kitchen as I’ve been out and about for most of it with errands as well as more fun things like hanging with friends, nipping over to Borough Market and hitting up the cinema last night. Finally watched the latest Hobbit film. I won’t ruin it for anyone, but wow, what an epic battle… I’ve also stocked up my fridge, freezer and shelves and should have plenty of great foodings lined up for myself and Mr Man over the Christmas weekend. =)
This week, I’m sharing with you a rather embarrassingly basic recipe after last week’s elaborate creation! I’m showing you how I whip up a damn good latte in a matter of minutes, without a fancy coffee machine or other expensive equipment, whilst saving myself a couple of quid too. It’s absolutely brilliant with a breakfast of American style raspberry pancakes, or a slice of my lemon drizzle cake (sorry Starbucks, this outshines your version by an actual MILE, even if I do say so myself…), or better yet with this fig and walnut number curled up on the sofa in the winter.
- Good quality coffee granules, I use these.
- Semi-skimmed milk
- Sugar / sweetener, to taste
- Cinnamon, optional
- Cocoa powder, optional
- Hazelnut syrup, optional. This is the one I use.
- Pour out just over half a cup of milk into a mug, and fill a small cup with around 50ml of water. Pop the pair into the microwave for around 2.5 minutes, or until the water is boiling and the milk is hot but not boiling. Time varies from appliance to appliance.
- Add sugar /sweetener according to your tastes, directly into the milk.
- With a small whisk between your hands, roll the handle between your hands (as if you’re rubbing them for warmth in the cold!). Use this technique to make your milk nice and frothy. It’ll only take minute or so. Alternatively, you can invest in one of these nifty devices. You want it to increase in volume to take up two-thirds of your mug.
- Give the water 30 seconds to cool off and then add a heaped teaspoon of coffee granules to the water and stir well to combine.
- Pour the coffee into the milk and stir. Add a shot of hazelnut syrup if you like (10-15ml). I often do but it’s not by any means required.
- Sprinkle on a touch of cinnamon and cocoa powder if desired.