If you’re looking to make some frothy iced coffee at home, we have the perfect cold foam recipe for you to top it with. According to Juliana Hale, the brains behind this five-minute recipe, this addition will make your cold beverage taste like it’s come right out of a coffee shop. Just top your cold brew or beverage with this frothy concoction and you’re ready for a novel coffee experience right at home!
How to Make It
- 1/4 cup skim milk
- 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons vanilla syrup (homemade or ready-made)
- 2 cups iced coffee or cold brew
- Freshly grated cinnamon or nutmeg or cinnamon
- Start by gathering all your ingredients.
- Next, in a small measuring cup add the milk and simple syrup.
- Now put the frother’s end in the mixture and start frothing. Do it until the milk is thick and foamy. For normal milk, 15-20 seconds is a good enough time but for skim milk, you have to froth for at least 2-3 minutes.
- Now for your cold brew, divide it into two glasses.
- Spoon your homemade cold foam onto the coffee. Finish it by sprinkling some nutmeg and cinnamon, and Viola!
Making Vanilla Simple Syrup at Home
If you’re looking for a complete homemade experience, you can start by making your simple syrup at home. For it, all you need to do is combine together three tablespoons of water, sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Put all the ingredients in a jar and screw it shut tight. Shake well until the sugar is dissolved. This recipe will give you enough syrup to use for 20 drinks. Refrigerate it for future use.
Tips and Tricks
If you’re looking to experiment with your foam-making experience, here are some tips from the experts. For people looking to use plant-based milk, opt for oat and soy milk, as almond milk doesn’t give good frothy results. In terms of milk, another thing to keep in mind is that the best results often come from skim milk, as it produces the most stable foams.
If you don’t own a frother, worry not! Just put your ingredients in a French press. You can froth your milk with the plunger easily! Lastly, while making the vanilla syrup, there is no need to continuously shake the jar. You can just shake it well, set it down, and let the sugar dissolve on its own. Come back in a while, and give it a final shake at the end to ensure the work is well done!
Long simmered stews and rich braises are delicacies best prepared with patience. But sometimes you crave the same comfort, even in a time crunch. So, pick up an instant pot, which is fabulous for saving time and effort in preparing the dishes that normally require slow cooking or long-simmering. Here are a few scrumptious instant pot recipes for you.
Vietnamese Beef Stew with Lemongrass and Star Anise
Originally called Bo Kho, this aromatic and flavorful Vietnamese beef stew actually takes three hours of cooking time when prepared in a Dutch oven. But with a little help from your instant pot, you can enjoy almost the same taste and flavor in half the time. This French-inspired beef stew is a sheer delicacy simmering on your kitchen stovetop, while the heavenly aromas of star anise and lemongrass waft through your home.
Chinese Egg Noodle Soup with Leftover Roast Turkey
This noodle soup, locally called Mi Vit Tiem, has its origin in China, but has since been introduced into the neighboring Vietnamese culinary repertoire. Roasted duck or turkey meat is the main protein of this dish, so it’s ideal to whip up using your leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey. The recipe is also perfect for an instant pot to extract the maximum flavor of the broth in less time. Aromatics like star anise, ginger, and Chinese five spices, along with soy sauce, sesame oil, dried shiitake mushrooms, and Fuji apple complete the fulfilling dish.
Red-Cooked Short Ribs
Red cooking is a classic Chinese method of food preparation using soy sauce, wine, and aromatic spices like cinnamon sticks and star anise pods added together as the braising liquid. This cooking method is perfect for the pressure cooker setting of your instant pot and can be pulled together within an hour. Plated with a little rice and some steamed bok choy, and lightly doused with that luscious cooking liquid, this braised rib dish makes for an incredible and satisfying meal.
Short Ribs with Triple-Cream Mashed Potatoes
The name of the dish itself is enough to create the hype! Use your instant pot to get the same fork-tender results out of the ribs just like the original slow cooking method, but in about half the time. The juniper berry and rosemary-crusted beauties sit on a bed of extra-creamy exquisite mashed potatoes. But providing the much-needed crunch and acidic balance, the side salad of celery, apple, and toasted hazelnuts is the silent hero of this dish.