I love a good latte. I really do.
And, the best thing about lattes is that you can easily make them at home – with or without an espresso machine.
I suppose you’d like the recipe, right?
Okay, so I have two delicious ideas for you.
First, the traditional latte recipe, for all those who already have an espresso machine at home. And, second, a cafe au lait – a latte version prepared with regular coffee.
#1 Latte (espresso + milk)
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. Now, this is one of my basic recipes and for a good reason.
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.
#2 Cafe au lait (black coffee + milk)
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.
For this recipe we’re going to use 1/2 coffee and 1/2 hot milk. Brew 6 oz strong black coffee.
Then, heat up the milk until it’s steaming (6 oz) . 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. You’ll see, the possibilities, once you master the base are almost endless.