Imagine my disappointment when I flipped my calendar to December and discovered that the recipe of the month was for a measly cappuccino. I was expecting something grand and holiday-esque, so I admit that I was a little bit bummed about the creators’ lack of Christmas spirit. I got over my disappointment, however, and did some research into how to make a good cappuccino without some sort of special machine. I actually really enjoy cappuccinos, so I am glad that they were included in the calendar.
The problem is that I like my sugar with a little bit of coffee, so I always have to adjust classic coffee drinks like a cappuccino to be much sweeter than any recipe would call for. You can find all sorts of recipe variations on cappuccinos on the Internet if you do a little bit of searching. They come iced, flavoured, spiked, and really anything else that you can think of. I decided to stick to the classic for now, but I found more than a few recipes that I would like to try out sometime in the future. The recipe below is super short and simple, and it came from this really great website. It lists a few different ways to make a regular cappuccino without using a machine.
December Coffee – Cappuccino (makes 2)
1 1/2 cups strongly brewed coffee (I used espresso)
1 cup milk
1 tsp sugar (I greatly increased this amount)
Heat the milk thoroughly in the microwave (about 2 minutes) and stir in the sugar. Pour the milk in a blender and blend until it develops a thick layer of froth. You can use an immersion blender if you have one. Brew the coffee until it is strong and fill only 3/4 of your cup with coffee. Pour in the frothy milk and sugar mixture (you can spoon some foam on top). Garnish with cinnamon or chocolate.