Good Morning! It’s Monday. It’s cold and raining. It is the last week we have at home before we leave for the Great White North for Christmas. With all this churning through my sleep deprived brain, I realized this called for more, much more than my usual 2 cups of coffee. I needed a little something extra to make this day feel festive. Logically, I started with opening the refrigerator, standing there long enough to get even colder. Aha! I spied all the makings of a Caramel Brulée Latte. Mmmm… I realized I was on to something! I whipped up one of these drinks in no time flat and decided to share the recipe with you today!
I did something very out of character today. I actually measured my ingredients and went about it in a methodical manner! Very different from the normal dump and pour, stir and taste. And the result? Amazing! The best part is I can share it with you! (and hopefully replicate it in the future…)
Of course, I started with San Joaquin Coffee Co.’s fresh roasted coffee. I used a new blend that DH came up with the other day, a darker roast than anything he has ever done before. (We still need to come up with a name for this new blend. Any suggestions? ) I normally use our espresso blend, which I love, but of course this cold damp morning we were all out of espresso beans. There really is no excuse for such at a coffee roasters house is there? I didn’t think so.
So, I used this new dark roast and I LOVE it for espresso! It really compliments the Brulée part of this drink. You know how crème brulée has this toasty caramel flavor from the caramelized sugar on top? These dark roasted coffee beans definitely help add that flavor to this drink.
Caramel Brulée Latte
This is a delicious recipe for a homemade Caramel Brulée Latte
- 2 shots espresso (or really strong freshly brewed French press coffee)
- 1 Tbsp. Caramel Ice cream Syrup (I used Smuckers) plus extra for garnish
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup whipping cream
- 1 tsp. brown sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- whipped cream for garnish
1 Pour caramel syrup into bottom of coffee mug.
2. Combine milk, whipping cream and brown sugar in a microwave safe dish. I used a 2 cup glass measuring cup. Heat in microwave for 1 – 2 minutes until hot, do not boil!
3. Make espresso. Pour into coffee mug. Stir to combine with syrup.
4. Froth the milk mixture with a milk frother. It should about double in volume.
5. Add vanilla extract into milk mixture. Stir.
6. Pour milk mixture into coffee mug. Give it a good stir.
7. Garnish with whipped cream and drizzle with the extra caramel syrup.
I hope you take a few minutes this crazy busy holiday season and make one of these simple and delicious Caramel Brulée Lattes. It’s taking the time to enjoy the small things in life that makes this season special!