One of those things that I wanted to make was a coffee creamer. My parents 'must' have their morning coffee and my mom usually ends up buying some sort of coffee creamer at the grocery store to keep in my fridge while she's here. Have you seen the ingredients on one of those bottles? Here's an example of one:
"water, sugar, corn syrup, palm oil, carrageenan, cellulose gel, cellulose gum, mono and diglycerides, sodium stearoyl lactylate, salt, dipottasium phosphate, polysorbate 60, sodium caseinate, natural and artificial flavours, artificial color"
Hmmm...for one, yuck!, and two, why isn't dairy the first ingredient? The ingredients are really concerning actually.
My friend Stephanie (Twitter: @cafeaulait) made a couple of different coffee creamers this month so I thought it would be a great idea to make my own. To make a Vanilla Coffee Creamer you only need 4 ingredients; and they're ingredients that are actually familiar and that you can pronounce even!
- 1 cup cream
- 1 cup milk
- 4 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 vanilla bean
Heat the milk, cream and maple syrup on medium heat until it begins to steam and add the vanilla bean (halved and seeded). Remove from heat, cover, and steep for 30 minutes. Put the mixture through a fine sieve and transfer to a bottle or container. Keep refrigerated and use within 2 weeks.
The opportunities are endless with this kind of recipe. To change up the flavour, rather than using a vanilla bean, use almond extract or peppermint extract instead. Add some cacoa powder for a chocolate kick.
I feel better serving this homemade creamer rather than letting my mom buy her store-bought one instead. This morning we made a pot of coffee using some beans that I picked up at the Western Fair Farmers' Market last weekend from the Fire Roasted Coffee Company and tried out our new creamer.