A simple hot morning beverage made with brewed coffee, steamed milk, and a honey-based simple syrup infused with roasted chestnuts.
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks
Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 5minutes
Infusing Time 30minutes
Total Time 10minutes
6Roasted Chestnutsroughly chopped
4ozFreshly Brewed Coffee
6ozMilk of Choice
In a small saucepan, combine the honey and water and bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring to dissolve the honey. Once it comes to a boil, turn off the heat and add the chestnuts. Let sit for at least 30 minutes (longer for a stronger chestnut flavor) and then pour through a fine-mesh strainer into a jar.
In a 16-oz mug, combine the freshly brewed coffee with 3 tsp of the syrup. Steam the milk with an espresso machine (see note), and slowly pour on top of the coffee, stirring gently to combine. Scoop out any foam that remains and add it on top.
Serve the café au lait immediately, since it does not store well once combined. Store leftover syrup in a sealed mason jar in the fridge for 3 weeks.
How to steam milk: If you don't have an espresso machine with a built-in milk steamer, try one of these methods instead:
Heat the milk in a microwave safe mug for 45 seconds until warm, and then froth using a standalone milk frother.
Add the milk to a mason jar. Seal tightly, and shake vigorously for one minute. Then uncover and microwave for 45 seconds.
Make an iced version: Pour iced or cold brew coffee over ice, and stir in the syrup. Use a milk frother to whip up the cold milk, and mix in. Add any cold foam on top.
Honey Chestnut Café au Lait Recipe from Slumber & Scones https://www.slumberandscones.com/honey-chestnut-cafe-au-lait/