Cappuccino

Prep: 2 minutes; Cook: 2 minutes

When you think of Italy, you can't help but think of coffee, especially cappuccino, which is the national breakfast. Swirled with steamed milk and topped with a dollop of foam, this drink is named for its resemblance to the Capuchin monk's habit, which is light brown with a white hood. While it may sound like a special coffee-shop drink, cappuccino is quite easy to prepare. A balloon whisk is as fancy a gadget as you need to create the perfect froth on top.

Yield: 2 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup)
Recipe from Oxmoor House

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 46
  • Fat: 1.1g
  • Saturated fat: 0.7g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbohydrate: 5.8g
  • Cholesterol: 4mg
  • Iron: 0.2mg
  • Sodium: 59mg
  • Calcium: 114mg

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 3/4 cup hot brewed espresso
  • Ground cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)

Preparation

  1. 1. Place milk in a small saucepan; cook over medium heat 2 minutes or until a thermometer registers between 140° and 160°, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat; whisk vigorously for 30 seconds or until foamy.
  2. 2. Divide milk (with froth) and brewed espresso equally between 2 mugs. Sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg, if desired.
  3. Note: If you don't own an espresso machine, look for instant espresso granules (such as Café Bustelo) in large supermarkets or specialty coffee shops. We used 2 teaspoons instant espresso granules in 3/4 cup boiling water, but the espresso can be made stronger to suit your personal taste.
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