When I was in high school, an older cousin took my two sisters and me to Italy for three weeks. In the mornings we would go to a cafe and my cousin would order an espresso for herself and three steamers for the rest of us. The warm, rich milk with its frothy head was the ultimate comfort food, and to this day, my sisters and I will enter a coffee shop and order a steamer.
For years I just assumed you needed an espresso machine with its attached steamer in order to make your own, but one day at Ikea I saw a basket full of frothers. A frother is essentially a tiny, battery powered whisk that you stick into your hot beverage in order to whip it into a frenzy. For a mere $2.49, I could return to those Italian mornings in my very own kitchen.
Another great thing about having a frother on hand is that you can make the most amazing coffee drinks. Even a regular cup of drip coffee feels special when you top it with a dollop of frothy cream. The winter I was pregnant with Valentine, I made this salted-caramel mocha nearly every day ::
Salted Caramel Mocha
- 1 cup coffee
- Hershey’s chocolate syrup
- Milk or cream
- Caramels or caramel topping
- Sea salt
- Mix about a tablespoon of chocolate syrup into your coffee or to taste. Warm the milk (the microwave works just fine, but be careful not to scald the milk), then froth it for a few seconds. Pour over the mocha. Warm the caramel and drizzle over the foam. Sprinkle with sea salt.
What about you? Do you own a frother? Any simple foods or appliances that make ordinary days feel special?
(Image via Pinterest)