Spiced Mochaccino, a delightfully rich, creamy, spicy coffee, that you could enjoy right in the comfort of your own home, without breathing in the smog in a drive thru, or standing in line at the counter of a cafe.
Spiced Mochaccino, flavored with nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon sticks, swirled and frothed steamed milk. A delicious gourmet coffee made right in your own kitchen. Simple, easy and so so comforting.
When I think of coffee, I always get a visual of a famous coffee commercial. The setting a beautiful home, with a veranda, and chairs overlooking the beach. A couple with coffee cups grasped in their hands and that look of ahhhhhhhhhh! You know that feeling of peace and serenity. Then the jingle: "The best part of waking up is - - - - - - - in your cup." I have this thing with jingles they stay with me, even ones that I heard when I was quite little, quite the memory I have, lol.
It is funny, a drink that is supposed to wake you up and get you going through the aid of caffeine actually makes you feel calm. I used to love watching people have their morning coffee, legs crossed and body in that slightly crouched but relaxing posture, reading the morning journal, and sipping their coffee. The aroma of those roasted beans, and that sound of the paper being rustled, it put me in a sort of trance. In our house growing up I would love being woken up by the smell of coffee brewing, the rustle of the morning paper being replaced by the radio and my parents favorite station Panorama Italiano. The waft of espresso in the air and that romantic Italian singing, taking me out of my slumber, who needed an alarm clock!
Imagine that, just plain instant coffee being replaced by this wonderfully flavored Spiced Mochaccino. Wait, why imagine, you can make it with this easy recipe.
Time sped up a few years, okay quite a few years, and we are in the age of cafes and specialty coffees. Cappuccino, lattes, caramel Macchiatos, vanilla bean lattes, etc. Well, this Spiced Mochaccino can be added to the roster. The best part is when we are full into winter, and you wake up to find the temperature is sitting at a chilling -30 plus the wind chill. No need to go outside, get a nice fire going, if you have a fire place that is, and get into the kitchen.
Go into the spice cabinet, and get a few sticks of cinnamon, nutmeg, good quality cocoa, some brown sugar and cardamon. Out of the fridge you will need the left over espresso coffee from yesterday, some milk.
The process is quite easy. Heat up the milk with the cinnamon sticks, cardamon, and nutmeg, simmer and then set aside to infuse the milk with all those wonderful spices. In another pot warm up espresso and sugar, add in the cocoa and blend with a whisk till it is melted. Mix in the spiced milk and warm a bit while whisking to ensure it is well blended. For the topping, warm up some milk. To froth it we have a simple kitchen tool that aerates the milk making it creamy and frothy. Just what you need to take this spiced mochaccino to a luxurious level. Pour through a sieve the coffee/milk mixture into your favorite mugs, Here we used these beautiful coffee mug/plate combinations that we bought at a store called Bling! located on 124 street, Edmonton. This store has a lot of beautiful things from house accessories, to furniture, statuary, and of course kitchen wares, oh yeah even a cappuccino bar. We are not being compensated for this just love the products there and want to share that experience. Now back to our coffee. After you have finished filtering the spiced espresso into the cup, take the frothed milk and pour it into the coffee. To finish things off, a dusting of powdered cocoa and cinnamon, and you are set to sit back, relax, grasp that mug and nurture your morning Spiced Mochaccino!
The flavor of this mochaccino is wonderful. The acidity of the espresso spiced milk with that unmistakable flavor and aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg. The cardamon offering a slight tingle to your tongue, and the richness of the cocoa dancing with the flavors of the espresso. The milk, silky and creamy, and those hits of spice with the cinnamon, and cocoa sprinklings, decorating the surface of this lavish Spiced Mochaccino. If you really want to go full throttle on this mochaccino whip up some whipping cream and top it off with that. We opted for the lighter version. Nicoletta and I enjoyed it with a slice of my Father's home made ciambellone. What is ciambellone you ask? well that's another story..........................
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