When life gives you lemons…make a latte.
I know that lattes sound super complicated, but they are not.
In fact, today I’d like to encourage you to have a very relaxed and traditional approach to lattes…Because in the real world, latte is just “coffee with milk”. And, all you need to make a good latte, is fresh ingredients and a very simple and classic latte recipe.
Below you’ll find two recipes: first, the traditional latte recipe that you can easily make with your espresso machine if you have one at home. Second, a cafe au lait – a latte recipe that uses regular coffee.
Coffee latte is made from 1 espresso shot and significant amount of steamed milk. The proper coffee to milk ratio for a latte is: 1/3 of espresso and 2/3 of steamed milk. You can even use 1/4 of espresso and 3/4 of steamed milk.
But, most of the lattes served at coffee shops are made with too much milk. That’s why I love making my own latte at home.
I always start with a double espresso shot – 2 oz. Go for that rich dark brown espresso color with nice golden cream on top. Since I love my lattes sweet and tasty, I’m going to use 6 oz steamed milk. As I mentioned, some people use 8 – 10 oz per double espresso shot, but that’s just too milky for my taste.
Pour 6 oz cold milk into the steam pitcher. Foam the milk just slightly. We want that nice velvety milk texture and not the microfoam, like when making cappuccinos. Let the steamed milk settle for a few seconds and just pour over your espresso.
CAFE AU LAIT
Right now, the cafe au lait. This recipe is really simple and leaves you no excuses not to make a latte this weekend! You can use any brewing method that you like. You can use your drip coffee maker, French press, pour over or Keurig…
For this recipe we’re going to use regular drip coffee.
Brew 1 cup strong black coffee. Then, heat up the milk until it’s steaming. Froth it with milk forther or just give it a nice beat with the whisk until you see those nice small bubbles. Add milk to your coffee, leave it to cool for, like 5 seconds and enjoy!
And…that’s my idea of a perfect afternoon treat.