The weather has been really pleasant in Northern Indiana for the past week but today is rainy and gloomy and cold. Spring, you are such a tease. I’d rather be outside landscaping my back yard even if only in my mind. Instead, I’m sitting on the couch lazy-ing (I know, you won’t find this word in any dictionary) my evening away by browsing through cookbooks. I’m snuggled in a blanket and can’t get warm. I turn the page 44 and see Coffee Bean Vanilla Latte. Preparation: 3 minutes; cooking: 8 minutes. I think I just found something to warm me up.
3 cups Milk
1 cup Espresso or very strong coffee (if you’re Bosnian like me, this is an important staple of your life)
3 tablespoons Vanilla Sugar, plus extra to taste (substitute with regular sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
4 ounces bittersweet Chocolate, grated
In a small pan, bring milk to the boil then remove from the heat. Mix 2 cups of the boiled milk with espresso in a heatproof pitcher. Sweeten with vanilla sugar to taste.
Return the remaining boiled milk to the heat and add the 3 tablespoons vanilla sugar. Stir constantly until dissolved. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat.
Add the dark chocolate and continue to stir until all the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth and glossy.
Pour chocolate milk into the pitcher with coffee and whisk thoroughly. Serve in mugs or glasses.
I am dipping biscotti di Prato in my latte and waiting for the spring to return.