Now that I have the De’Longhi Dedica Cappuccino Maker, I’m attempting to break out of the easy and make something extra, specially delicious. So far it’s lead to some great and some meh-okay drinks; although I think it would be really hard to make a disgusting drink just because of how awesome this little kitchen appliance is in every way. Be sure to check out my full product review of the cappuccino maker and all of it’s awesomeness.
Traditionally a cappuccino is made of espresso, hot milk and steamed milk foam. The basic structure is easy to create, especially with the Dedica doing all the work for you. Brew the espresso, warm and steam and milk, pour that over the espresso and ta-da. You’re done.
Now to get a little creative. Here are three simple cappuccino recipes:
Chocolate Cappuccino. Pull out that chocolate syrup and drip it along the inside of the cup BEFORE brewing the espresso or steaming the milk. After you have the amount of chocolate you want, brew the espresso – I usually do a double – and then steam the milk pouring it over the top of the chocolate/espresso combination. Top it all off with a little added chocolate syrup on the foamy top to create an interesting visual element.
Caramel Cappuccino. The process is the same as for the chocolate syrup but swap it out for caramel instead. Drip the caramel syrup (which you might have to warm in the microwave first to get it to flow thinly) along the inside of the cup BEFORE brewing the espresso or steaming the milk. After you have the amount of caramel you want, brew the espresso and then steam the milk pouring it over the top of the caramel/espresso combination. Stir before enjoying to get the full caramel experience.
Vanilla Cappuccino. Brew the espresso and then add brown sugar to the hot liquid. (The amount is based on your preferences.) Drip in a couple tiny drops of vanilla extract – roughly 1/2 teaspoon or less. Steam and froth the milk before pouring it over the top and mixing lightly to evenly spread the sugar and vanilla. Enjoy.
High-Powered Espresso. (Not a cappuccino, but sometimes you need the extra umph and don’t want the milk) I’ve switched out the regular espresso I use for vanilla flavored and then dropped in a dash of vanilla powder. Mix and enjoy as is without adding in milk. (Of course you can add milk too, if you prefer.)
What’s your favorite way to enjoy a cappuccino? Any recipes you love that I should try?
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