Ahh, coffee. Or as I like to call it, sweet nectar of the gods. Whenever I go to a new town, I love to explore it via food, and especially via coffee. And when it comes to coffee shops, the weirder the better. I love mom and pop coffee shops with weird art on the wall, cool people, and maybe some poetry or fiction readings. And of course, the coffee has to be great.
I once went to a coffee place where they made the mocha with chocolate milk instead of chocolate syrup. And when they heated it up the chocolate flavor completely evaporated. No, no! Don’t go down that dark road. :-). That place wasn’t one of the cool little coffee places I was taking about, by the way. They were just led astray. 😉
But let’s not think of scary things like that. Let’s think about great coffee instead, and coffee you can make at home! So when you don’t have a fabulous little coffee place right next door, give this the old college try, as they said in the 40s.
I saw this recipe while watching New Scandinavian cooking on PBS. I’m fascinated by coffee habits in other countries. This coffee features a special ingredient: an egg. Don’t be scared. It’s going to be cool. 🙂
Basically what you’re doing here is making your own latte or cappuccino, but with a twist. You heat the milk up on the stovetop with the beaten egg. To ensure that it doesn’t have any of that stringy egg stuff that sometimes goes along with eggs, I just pulsed the egg and milk together in a blender for a second. That half a cinnamon stick really adds something to the flavor, too. Don’t skip it. You’ll adore it.
The egg doesn’t really impart any kind of eggy flavor. Just in case you’re worried. Instead it just makes the coffee taste really silky and smooth. I love the texture.
The rest is pretty simple: stirring the espresso into the milk and enjoying it. Maybe with a biscotti? I leave you to figure out what snack paring sounds best. On the show, the host said this was a drink that keeps you nice and full, plus energizes during those days when the sun doesn’t rise at all. I can definitely imagine sipping on this with a soft twilight outside.
So now if you’re anything like me you’re craving a rich cup of coffee. Cheers and enjoy! 🙂
(Recipe from New Scandinavian Cooking).
- ½ cup milk
- 2-3 shots of espresso
- 1 egg
- ½ of a cinnamon stick
- Combine egg and milk in a saucepan and whisk until the egg is completely incorporated. Alternatively, pulse the egg and milk in a blender for a second, then place in the saucepan.
- Put on the stove and add half of a cinnamon stick.
- Heat over medium low heat until hot.
- Meanwhile, using a stove top or electric espresso machine, make 2-3 shots of espresso, depending on how strong you'd like your coffee.
- When the milk/egg mixture is hot, remove the cinnamon stick and pour into a coffee mug. Add the espresso and stir..