latteCafe latte literally means ‘’milk coffee’’. Traditionally brewed espresso coffee is mixed with milk and foam to make a latte. Sometimes syrups, and flavors in other forms are added to enhance the taste. Latte and cappuccino are actually quite similar. Both are made by adding steamed milk and milk froth to the espresso; cappuccino has more froth than a latte.

It is easy to make a latte if you have an espresso machine that comes with a steam wand. If you don’t have one, you can visit TheEdge website. TheEdge is a terrific espresso machine review site. Read their guide on how to select the best espresso machine for your needs. But what about those who can’t afford an espresso machine right now? Is that reason enough to deprive them from a cup of hot latte, topped with foam milk, during these times of cold winter? Definitely not!

latte without an espresso machineSo here is that little magic recipe- to make an amazing latte at home without an espresso machine. Since latte is more milk than froth, it can be made in two ways, without an espresso machine. I will include both the methods here.

Ingredients:

  1. Strongly brewed coffee
  2. Milk
  3. Sugar syrup (optional)
  4. Cocoa powder (optional)

Method 1:

  • You will need a glass jar for this; not just any glass jar, but one with a lid that screws tightly.
  • Pour cold milk till about half of the glass jar. Close the lid tightly.
  • Now shake the bottle for about a minute; you will see foam collecting on the top of the bottle in that empty space you left. Shake it till the milk almost doubles in quantity and fills the jar with foam.
  • Pour the entire thing into a saucepan and boil it. You can add sugar syrup at this point. It will help if you have a milk thermometer. Check for a reading of 160 degrees. Or else just let the milk heat up, without thoroughly boiling it.
  • The foam will stay on top. Pour the milk into the cup of brewed espresso, while holding the foam with a spoon. Now scoop out some foam and top the coffee with it.
  • Sprinkle cocoa powder and serve.

Method 2: (This makes less foam)

  • Pour milk and sugar syrup in a saucepan and put it on the burner.
  • Heat the milk and as you heat it, constantly whisk it with a whisker.
  • The whisking needs to be done continuously and very fast. You will foam collecting on top of milk.
  • Once milk is thoroughly heated, but not boiled, pour it into a cup of brewed coffee.
  • Spoon some of the foam on top.
  • Sprinkle with a pinch of cocoa powder.

You can add your choice of flavor to the latte. Vanilla, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder, a pinch of cayenne pepper- all of them can replace or complement the cocoa. And that’s it. Enjoy your cup of delicious homemade latte, curled up in a blanket near the fireplace. Or any way you like.

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Best Copper Cookware Brands

by Dean on September 16, 2016

The best thing in cooking with copper is that the cookware gives you ultimate control over the cooking and you get the things which are just perfectly cooked and not undercooked or overcooked. Owing to the numerous choices available nowadays and a lot of other cookware materials available in the market, the interest in the copper cookware has obviously been affected. But, the people who love their sauces and meats perfectly cooked still go for copper cookware.

Copper Cookware

So, for all the copper lovers out there, I am going to enlist some copper cookware brands which are good, durable and actually worthy.

Mauviel:

If you have ever been to the copper cookware section of the supermarket, you must have seen the name. In fact, the name gets special attention in the copper cookware market as it is one the best copper cookware brands. This brand is the copper cookware standard for the European Chefs. Apart from the beautiful design, the stellar construction of the Mauviel Copper Cookware is what adds to its merit.

There are three different types of style of the Copper Cookware of the Mauviel Brand:

  • Thickness of Copper Sheet: 1.2 mm, 1.5 mm, 2 mm and 2.5 mm
  • Inner surface of the Cookware: Copper, Tin Lined or Stainless Steel
  • Handle Types: Stainless Steel, Brass or Cast Iron

All the cookware range is available in these there styles and there is a lot of variety to choose from. The copper cookware from Mauviel has been a standard and continues to be so at many places. You can get Mauviel Lids and Normal Cookware as well as the Speciality Cookware items in the majority of the places.

The price range of the Mauviel Copper Cookware is from 599$ to 1500$.

Amoretti Brothers:

This is the Italian brand of copper cookware which is HAND FORGED. The cookware is forged using a 2 mm copper sheet. Some speciality items are also available from the brand which are hand hammered for the original and practical finish. The hammered copper cookware and the hand engraved cookware are the ones to die for. The original and the authentic look of the cookware will not only make your kitchen look good, but also give you a reason to cook.

The main feature of the Amoretti Brothers copper cookware is that it is tin lined in the classical European Fashion. The lids also come with flower designs which strictly confirms to the Italian Tradition. The cookware is available in the following varieties:

  • Hand Hammered Gourmet Copper Cookware
  • Hand Engraved Copper Cookware
  • Flower Lid Collection Hand Hammered Cookware
  • Complete set of copper cookware

The price range of the Amoretti Brothers Cookware depends upon the type of item and the number of pieces in the set.

Ruffoni:

It is another one of mid-range copper cookware. The copper cookware comes with a tin lining which oxidizes gradually owing to high temperatures and turns a bit darker with usage. This brand also features the hand hammered cookware. However, the buyers from California should refrain from this as the manufacturing process employs the use of some chemicals which are considered by the State of California to be causing cancer, or birth defects or other reproductive harm.

So, you see, sometimes the purchase is to be done keeping the health regulations in mind too.

Falk Copper Cookware:

The Falk is another one of the best brands of the copper cookware. There is quite a big fan base of the Falk cookware too. It is one of the rarest and the most sought after copper cookware brand. By rarest I mean that you will not find it on the normal superstores.

The other notable ones are Sertodo Alicante and Bourgeat.

Well, the best brands list is over. There are many other brands and models on the market as well. To ensure you buy only the best and recent cookware set, I would recommend you to check out cookware set reviews at The Foodista. They write reviews to help you make all your buying decisions.

Time to cook now. After all the copper talk, I feel like making something in copper only. Happy shopping and happy cooking.

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