One of life’s great ironies is that just when you need coffee the most, you’re too tired to make it. Like when you’re a new parent and sleeping no more than 45 minutes at a time… that is when you need coffee! But I tried it once and ended up putting the milk away in the cupboard instead of the fridge.
(On the bright side: I didn’t try to grind the coffee beans without putting the lid on the grinder, which is what my husband did the next day. :))
Then this past week, a miracle happened. Our baby boy started sleeping for three – sometimes four! – hours at a time at night. Those of you who don’t have children and are spoiled by seven, eight or even nine hours of uninterrupted sleep at night won’t appreciate the truly celestial nature of this change, but trust me, the heavens parted and angels started singing the first time I woke up at 5:30AM and realized I’d been asleep for four whole hours. Yippee!
So anyways, I started making coffee again this week. Coffee is probably my favorite drink in the entire universe.
I started off simple, with plain coffee, milk and sugar – no need to be too ambitious! Then I started making honey-vanilla lattes… and today, I came up with a new coffee recipe. Can you believe it? I haven’t done that since 2008. This particular recipe for Chocolate Almond Cafe Au Lait is made with Dagoba milk chocolate, almond extract and whipped cream. Most mornings I’ll probably have a cup of regular coffee but it is nice to indulge in a fancy concoction now and then, don’t you think?
Chocolate Almond Cafe Au Lait (My Recipe)
Ingredients: Serves 1
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1 oz Dagoba milk chocolate (or any other good quality chocolate)
- 1 teaspoon sugar, or more to taste
- A smidgen of almond extract (I used my smidgen measuring spoon – yes, there is one! – which translates to two or three drops)
- Freshly brewed coffee, about 1 cup
- Whipped cream
In a small saucepan over medium heat combine the chocolate and whole milk. Stirring constantly, heat until the chocolate has melted completely and has fully combined with the milk.
Pour chocolate milk into a large coffee mug and add a smidgen of almond extract (a few drops, depending on how strong you want the almond flavor to be). Stir in your sugar and coffee. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!