Thursday, August 22, 2013

Creamer Recipes

Ok, I'll admit it.  I drink coffee for the sweetness, it has nothing to do with the coffee bean.  I love the smell of fresh brewed coffee, but the bitterness sometimes is a bit much for me.  I used to not put any milk in my coffee, but thanks to the likes of the Starbucks of the world, my coffee experience changed to one of sweet creamy goodness.  But once you read the ingredients of what's in creamer, it will make you re-think how much you add to your coffee.  Well, I guess it will only bother you if you are trying to eat "clean".  I'm not sure it will be more cost effective than regular creamer, but it will be less chemicals.

French Vanilla

Ingredients
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream

4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 vanilla bean

Directions:
Whisk together milk, cream and maple syrup in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
Cut vanilla bean in half, and scrape out seeds.
Add seeds and vanilla bean to milk mixture.
Turn off heat, cover the pot and steep for 30 minutes.
After mixture has steeped, strain through a fine mesh sieve, pour into a glass bottle and store in the refrigerator.
(If you don't have a vanilla bean on hand, simply replace it with 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract)

Peppermint Mocha

Ingredients
1 cup whole milk

1 cup heavy cream

4 tablespoons maple syrup
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Directions:

Whisk together milk, cream, maple syrup, and cocoa in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
When mixture begins to steam, remove from the heat and stir in the peppermint extract.
Strain through a fine mesh sieve, pour into a glass bottle and store in the refrigerator.