For a cappuccino lover like me, it’s a huge frustration not to be able to prepare my favorite coffee at home. The issue? Milk foam. In coffee shops, the milk foam is made using one of the functions of those huge coffee machines that cost a fortune. No one buys those things except the ultra-rich coffee addicts and fancy coffee shop owners. And I am neither so I only get to enjoy my cappuccino in those fancy coffee shops. And the price really hurts.
I’ve seen a lot of tutorials on making milk foam at home but since only full cream milk could be used, I never tried because we had been using low-fat milk for years. All that has changed now because we threw out the low-fat milk and we’ve been drinking nothing but full cream milk for the past couple of months. It’s about time I tried making milk foam at home. I did that today. If you want to try it, here’s how.
1. Heat the full cream milk to simmering (DO NOT allow to boil because milk solids separate from the liquid at boiling point). You can do this on the stove top or the microwave. I did it in the microwave for two minutes and 45 seconds on HIGH. The length of time will vary depending on the wattage of the microwave.
2. Whip the milk. You can use a wire whisk or an electric mixer. I used an electric mixer. I started on LOW for about 30 seconds, I switched to MEDIUM for another 30 seconds and then to HIGH until the milk was covered with foam. The whole process took less then 10 minutes.
Now that I know how easy it is to make milk foam, I can create a lot of those fancy coffee preparations. For starters, I made cafe dulce de leche macchiato. Yes, there is a recipe.