We love coffee but what we love even more is the texture of perfectly frothed milk that can take a regular drink from flat to simply amazing. Using a milk frother is the best way to achieve the light texture of foamed milk but once you’ve got your hands on one of these devices, what do you do with it?
If you have been racking your brains to try and come up with the most delicious milk frother recipes, then you are in the right place. We have put together some of the most incredible recipes, so get out that milk frother and let’s get started!
First though, if you’re not sure what a milk frother is or how to use one read this article.
By the way, for all the milk frother recipes on this page it’s recommended you use whole milk. It produces by far the best foam. If you’re vegan or embracing a healthier lifestyle use barista blend vegan milk.
The best milk frother recipes
We’ve put together a list below of the best milk frother recipes but do feel free to experiment. There’s no right or wrong way to make frothy coffee (though coffee snobs will disagree) so don’t be afraid to experiment. Having said that, let’s crack on with everyone’s favourite.
Traditional Italian cappuccino
A touch of Rome in your own home. Cappuccino is perhaps one of the most well known and certainly one of the most loved frothy coffees on the planet. Enjoyed in cafes near and far, this creamy and smooth drink is perfect as a mid morning treat.
Making cappuccino at home might not be as complex as you first imagined, especially with your milk frother to hand. In this recipe we’ll bring a traditional twist to your favourite coffee.
If you want an easy yet authentic way to make beautiful Italian coffee then a stove-top brewer is a must. Otherwise known as moka pots they are made from durable, heat resistant metals like stainless steel or aluminium and are, for the most part, universal.
Begin by adding water to the bottom of the brewer to just below the valve. You will then need to add your ground coffee to the filter. Put the whole thing back together and place it on the stove using a medium heat. You’ll need to let the noise of the brewer settle but try to avoid allowing the contents to boil as this will spoil the taste of the coffee.
While you wait for your coffee to brew, you can also be heating your milk. When making cappuccino, it is important to keep in mind that you will need to warm your milk but only froth half of it.
If you want the best results, we would suggest gently heating your milk on the stove in a saucepan, alongside your coffee brewer. However, if you prefer, and this is just as effective and a lot less hassle, pop it in the microwave to heat. How long you heat the milk in the microwave may take a bit of experimenting to get right but in my 800w oven 140 seconds produces very hot but not burnt milk.
You will need 250ml of milk from what you have heated to get the right amount of froth. Place this into a jug or container and grab your manual milk frother. Using this tool you should have your milk perfectly frothed in around 20 to 30 seconds. Once it’s done, pour onto the coffee holding the froth back with a spoon. Top off the heated milk by spooning on the foam and for that little finishing touch sprinkle on a little chocolate powder.
Not only does a cafe bombon taste incredible, it is also one of the best looking coffee drinks out there. This beautiful layered beverage is traditionally made using a combination of coffee and condensed milk making it very sweet. In addition to this, the drink is topped off with a creamy layer of freshly foamed milk.
The cafe bombon is usually served in a glass as opposed to an opaque cup for the pure and simple reason that it is a visual feast just as much as a taste one. You’ll need to start by adding your espresso shot to the glass; as with all coffee drinks, using an espresso machine is the easiest way to make this.
Next, you will need to add your condensed milk. This is the part that many people struggle with as you need to pour carefully so as not to ruin the aesthetic of the layering. For some people, adding the condensed milk underneath the espresso is preferred and this is certainly easier to maintain a clean layer, so may be better for beginners.
Now you will need to make your foamed milk. It is OK to use either a handheld milk frother or an electric one but in any case, the milk needs to be warm to get the best foamed effect. Frothing cold milk will work but the air bubbles won’t take or hold as well.
Once you have created your froth, you can add this to the top of your cafe bombon and enjoy!
Another very popular frothy coffee is the cafe latte. Rich, smooth and creamy, this elegant drink is ideal at any time of day. Especially when you’re curled up on the sofa with a good book. A latte is like a cappuccino but uses more milk.
To begin the process, you are going to need to make a shot of espresso. The easiest way to do this is to use an espresso machine, but if you don’t have one, then there are other ways such as a moka pot.
Latte coffees require a combination of steamed and frothed milk and while many people think these are the same thing, they are different and made in different ways. If you have a fancy barista machine, then it will likely feature a steamer and a frother, so go ahead and use these to create what you need.
You can create your steamed milk by heating it up on the stove. This will allow small air bubbles to form and the milk can then be poured directly into the espresso. For the milk froth that goes on top, you’ll need to froth your milk using your manual milk frother and spoon it over for the finishing touch.
If you want, you can also create latte art, which may take some practice but is certainly a lot of fun and will give you a more barista-style drink. Check out this video on how to do it.
A macchiato is very similar to a regular latte but there is one key difference; the macchiato doesn’t contain steamed milk. Instead, you would follow the same recipe as the cafe latte but skip the steamed milk. Many would agree that this is the perfect balance between a strong espresso and a slightly weaker cappuccino.
Begin by making your shot of espresso; some people like to have their macchiato a little stronger, in which case, you may opt to make a double shot. In any case, this can be done using a stove brewer, espresso machine or any other method you prefer. However, you will get the best results from an espresso machine as it is easier to produce the high pressure which genuine espresso needs.
While your coffee is brewing, you will need to heat your milk. This can be done on the stove in a saucepan, gentle stirring as the liquid heats. Just be sure not to let it boil.
The word macchiato comes from the Italian meaning for ‘marked’ or ‘stained.’ This marking comes from the blend of espresso with the foamed milk. Once your milk is heated, you will need to froth it using either a manual or automatic frother. You will then add this to the top of your espresso.
Cortado is a simple espresso drink that can be easily made at home using your milk frother. This is a small drink that features a combination of espresso and warm milk.
The first thing you will need to do is make yourself two shots of espresso. We would recommend using an espresso machine but if you don’t have access to one of these, you can use another method.
The word Cortado comes from the Spanish for ‘cut’ and this is because the milk cuts through the coffee. You will need to use your milk frother to create an equal amount of milk to your espresso, this drink requires a 1:1 ratio of the two.
Using a handheld milk frother is the most affordable and convenient method but an electric or stove-top option will give you a hassle-free experience. When your milk is ready, you will need to slowly pour it onto the espresso and voila! Enjoy.
Hot coffee is great and certainly a comfort but during a hot day, a Greek Frappe, which is an iced coffee, is refreshing and gives you a boost.
For this drink, you are going to need a few more ingredients than many of the hot coffee beverages. You will need instant coffee, sugar, milk, ice cubes and cold water.
You will need a blender to create the coffee; add in your cold water, instant coffee and sugar. If you don’t want the drink to be overly sweet, you can leave out the sugar. Switch on the blender and whip the mixture until it is thick and creamy.
Pour this mixture into a tall glass and now it is time to grab your milk frother. Whip up a batch of cold frothed milk and then scoop this onto your coffee mixture. Pop in some ice cubes and top the glass up with cold water to fill it to the top.
If you have a taste for coffee but also have something of a sweet tooth then the caffe mocha is a great choice of drink for you. It is a blend of coffee and chocolate and is the perfect comfort drink for a cold day.
As with most coffee recipes, your caffe mocha is based around a shot of espresso, so you will need to create this first. The easiest and most convenient way is to use an espresso machine. In addition to this, you will need to add a teaspoon of hot chocolate powder.
Caffe Mocha is a layered drink, once you have made your espresso shot and poured it into a tall glass, you’ll need to add the other layers. First comes steamed milk; if you don’t have a milk steamer, you can simply heat the liquid on the stove or in the microwave. Add this to the coffee.
Now it’s time to create your frothed milk to top off your drink. The amount you make depends on your personal preference so whip up the required amount (heat it first) and then spoon it onto your drink. To finish it off in style, you can sprinkle on some cocoa powder, although this is an optional step.
Cafe Au Lait
Coming from the French language, cafe au lait simply means coffee with milk. But this is vastly different to the Italian ‘coffee with milk’ known as a caffe latte. In this recipe, you will make the drink in a mug rather than a tall glass.
Begin by making your coffee. In this cafe au lait recipe, espresso is not typically used and is replaced with drip coffee. This is made by pouring hot (not boiling) water over ground coffee and letting it filter through.
Next, you will need to add your milk. Traditionally, cafe au lait is made with equal parts coffee and milk making this a very creamy drink. However, there isn’t a set rule to this and you can alter the ratio to your liking.
Steam your milk by either using a milk steamer or warming it on the stove or in the microwave. To give the milk a foamier texture, you will now need to use your handheld milk frother. Place this into the liquid and turn it on, slowly moving it up and down until the desired texture is reached.
Now it’s time to blend the milk and coffee together. This is one of the simplest coffee recipes to make at home and requires nothing more than pouring the milk directly into the coffee. Now all you need to do is sit back, put your feet up and enjoy your drink.
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