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Homemade Vanilla Latte

September 1, 2014

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Cool, crisp days. Big, cozy sweaters, Trees turning all shades of orange and red. And delicious, foamy lattes. These are just a few of the things I love about fall!

One of my past roommates used to make the best homemade lattes. She was amazing. I was spoiled by them. Sadly however, I could never master the art of the moka pot. Whatever I did it would always come out burnt tasting, weak, or I’d just make a huge mess. But last fall Matt and I got a Tassimo and it saved the day! I know if you’re an espresso aficionado you probably hate that I use a Tassimo to make it, but it still tastes like Starbucks to me and I pretty much can’t mess it up. Oh, I also realize that Tassimo makes latte pods you can buy, but I found they all had a really weird artificial taste to them that I didn’t like. So this is what I do instead…

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What you need:
– Espresso. I use Tassimo Nabob espresso. I would guess that Keurig has something similar, or you can always brave it and use a moka pot. Let me know if you have any tips or tricks with that one!
– Milk
– Vanilla syrup (Starbucks $9.95)
Optional: Milk frother (Davids Tea $19.95)

What to do:

Make 1 regular size espresso

While thats brewing, fill a mug 3/4 with milk and heat. You can heat it on the stove, stirring constantly over low heat until hot. Or you can simply microwave the milk for 30 seconds at a time until hot.

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When your milk is ready use a whisk or one of these amazing frother gadgets to make as much foam as you like.

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Pour in the espresso, add 2 pumps of vanilla, and stir gently. If you stir too much the foam will disappear.

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If carmel is your thing, then use carmel syrup instead of vanilla and top with carmel sauce (like the kind you use on ice cream).

Now go grab a blanket, book, and curl up on the couch to enjoy your latte!

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