One of my favorite breakfast treats is french toast. I had been planning on cooking it for breakfast this past weekend after months of not having it when it occurred to me: french toast latte! There is nothing about the combination of espresso, milk/soy milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla that doesn't go together. It tastes as good as it sounds!
The recipe isn't difficult either - it still follows my basic simple syrup recipe for creating flavored lattes - this time we'll just swap white sugar for brown sugar.
- 6 ounces brewed espresso
- 6-8 ounces steamed milk or soy milk, rice milk, etc.
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon OR two cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon real maple syrup
Combine brown sugar and water in a small saucepan. When it reaches a boil, add vanilla extract. Allow to boil for one minute, then remove from heat. Quickly and cinnamon and maple syrup, and stir well. If you used cinnamon sticks, remove them when the syrup has cooled. Pour your finished syrup into two mugs - 1/8 to 1/4 cup, depending on how sweet you like your drinks.
When espresso or dark coffee is brewed, add to the mug. Stir coffee and syrup well, and add steamed milk, spooning any foam on top. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon, and enjoy!