A couple years ago, my brother invited me out to lunch with him and his family. On our way, we stopped at Sparrow Bakery, so he could buy his favorite treat. Everything looked amazing and full of stuff I knew would upset my stomach.
Being a classic French bakery, nothing was gluten-free. So I stood there, looking like a kid in the candy shop with no money to buy anything.
The sweet lady working there was determined to get me something, so she offered to make me a French Toast latte. I had never heard of one before so I asked what was in it. “Just cinnamon and honey,” she said. “But it tastes like French Toast.” Sold!
I’ve been hooked on them ever since and decided that if I’m going to drink them so much, I needed to learn how to make them myself. Thankfully, it’s not terribly difficult to make a latte at home when you don’t have an espresso maker.
I’ve made the espresso using a French Press and just a mason jar and a brewing basket (when my French Press was broken). Either method works fine. Here’s what you’ll need for a 12 oz. French Toast latte:
- 1 1/2 tbsp coffee beans (decaf or regular – your preference)
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- 1 tsp – 1tbsp honey (depends on how sweet you want it)
- Ground cinnamon
- French Press OR a canning jar and brewing basket
- Coffee grinder
- Tea kettle or other method to heat water
- Sauce pan
- Immersion blender or milk frother (optional)
Start heating your water. While you’re waiting for that to boil, grind your coffee beans. You’ll want to grind them super fine. Add them to your French Press/canning jar. Once the water comes to a boil, take it off heat and let it sit for just a bit. You want to use hot water to brew the coffee, but not boiling hot.
Measure out your milk and put it in the sauce pan. Turn the heat on medium high. Heat the milk to 150 degrees (If you don’t have a thermometer, heat the milk and pull it off before it boils). If you want the milk to be frothy, pull it off the heat once it hits 150 degrees and use your milk frother or immersion blender to create some foam.
Get your coffee cup. Add the honey and just a dash or two of cinnamon (a little goes a long way). Pour your heated milk into the cup (reserving some of the foam) and give it a little stir.
Now, pour 1/2 cup water over the ground coffee and let it brew for just one minute. If you’re using the French Press, push down the plunger and pour the espresso into your cup.
If you’re using the canning jar, grab an oven mitt and your brewing basket. Put the basket in the coffee cup and pour the espresso in there. Lift the brewing basket up a bit so it can all strain through.
Give it a little stir and put the foam on top and add a tiny dash of cinnamon. Now sit back and enjoy a delicious latte you didn’t have to leave the house or pay any money for.
Mmmmm, tastes good!