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Vanilla-Almond Steamer

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr, Mary Lyn Hill Jenkins
Yield 8 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
This hot drink pairs nicely with Chocolate-Hazelnut Meringues. For a grown-up twist, spike it with brandy, bourbon, gold rum, or cinnamon schnapps. Make the steamer mixture up to a day ahead, refrigerate, then reheat when ready to serve.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Ground cinnamon (optional)
  • Cinnamon sticks (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 154
  • fat 2.6 g
  • satfat 1.6 g
  • monofat 0.8 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 8 g
  • carbohydrate 24.3 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 10 mg
  • iron 0.1 mg
  • sodium 123 mg
  • calcium 300 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine the milk and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Add cinnamon sticks to milk mixture; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally (do not boil). Remove from heat; let stand 20 minutes. Stir in extracts. Place pan over medium-high heat; cook 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove and discard cinnamon sticks. Garnish with ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks, if desired.

Cook's Notes

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