A Delicious Brown Sugar Caramel Latte
Yum! Brown sugar, caramel, whipped cream and coffee. What a fabulous combination. Yes, caramel and brown sugar are similar, but they are different enough to create unique tastes and they add a sweet zing to this espresso drink.
There are two parts to the creation of this drink. The first part, obviously, is the espresso. You will be adding to your espresso, something that can be good or bad, depending on what you are adding. For this recipe, you will be adding caramel sauce into your espresso shot.
Good Caramel Sauce Only!
Caramel is easy to make, but also easy to mess up. Some commercial caramels have a chemical taste to them, usually caused by some of the stabilizers that are used. Pure caramel sauce has just a few ingredients: sugar, salt, water, cream and butter. The recipe is simple and usually takes only a few minutes to make. Add the sugar and salt to a sauce pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then cook for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring the whole time. Remove from heat. let cool for a few minutes, then mix in the butter and cream. Stir well, let cool and you have delicious homemade caramel!
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt (preferably kosher)
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons butter, cubed
Making The Whipped Cream
You aren’t really whipping cream for this recipe, you are frothing it with your espresso machines wand. If you don’t have a wand on your machine, you can use a frother or you can use a hand mixer. You are going to be adding the brown sugar to the cream and you want it to get somewhat stiff. If you are using a hand mixer, whip the cream first, then fold in the brown sugar carefully. If you are using your espresso machine’s wand, dissolve the brown sugar in the cream, then whip into shape with your wand.
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/4 cup half and half (you can use heavy cream if desired)
1 tablespoon caramel syrup or ice cream topping (or make your own!)
3/4 cup of your best espresso
Brew you espresso. 3/4 cups will require a few shots to be made. You can also use regular coffee.
Add the caramel syrup to the espresso and stir well.
Whip the cream and brown sugar until fluffy. Don’t make it too stiff.
Top the espresso with the whipped cream.
Drizzle some caramel sauce and brown sugar on top for decoration.