Cafe au Lait

Cafe au Lait (French for "coffee with milk") is prepared with strong, hot coffee and scalded milk. It is the national breakfast drink of France, where it is served steaming hot, often in large, wide bowls, to begin the day.

Recipe excerpted from Coffee: Scrumptious Drinks and Treats 2007 Chronicle Books

Cafe au Lait

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    1 1/2 cups whole milk 1 1/2 cups extra-strength brewed coffee


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      Put the milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

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      Heat until it is hot and small bubbles form around the edge of the pan.

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      Remove the pan and add the hot coffee. Stir to mix. Pour the mixture into warm coffee cups.


    Use 3/4 cup dark-roasted ground coffee to 2 cups water to yield about 1 1/2 cups extra-strength brewed coffee.

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