If you’ve ever been to Starbucks or any other coffeehouse, you know exactly what a hazelnut latte is. It’s that sweet, nutty drink that’s a bone warmer on a chilly fall afternoon. But why spend money on one when you can follow a hazelnut latte recipe at home. It’s so simple and affordable to make your own and you can tweak the ingredients to your liking. You don’t have to go out to get it anymore; you can stay in and make the delicious classic yourself. Read until the end to find out how in this quick tutorial covering everything from ingredients and equipment to techniques and tips.
What You’ll Need to Make a Hazelnut Latte
The first thing you’ll need for your homemade hazelnut latte is an espresso machine. Without an espresso machine, you won’t be able to make the espresso base in this recipe.
An espresso machine can be a bit pricey, but they’re worth the money for a higher bar in quality and there are good budget 20 bar espressos machines available if you look. You’ll want something that’s durable and reliable so you can use it for years to come. Next, you’ll need milk frother. This is the tool used to foam milk. You’ll use this to turn milk into a creamy, foamy substance that’s a key ingredient for lattes. They come in a few different formats from handheld to frother wands attached to espresso machines.
If you’re making a homemade hazelnut latte, you need to use milk to make the foamy base. You can use both cold and warm milk, though we use warm for a warmer beverage to make your foamy drink, whatever’s more convenient for you.
Ingredients You’ll Need
Once you’ve got all your equipment, you can start making your hazelnut latte. The first thing on the list is espresso. You’ll want about 6 ounces of espresso for this recipe. Make sure you’re using espresso and not just coffee. Next, you’ll need milk. You can use whole milk or 2% milk, whatever you prefer. You’ll want around 12-16 ounces of milk. You can also add some sweetener to your homemade hazelnut latte. You can use granulated sugar or even cane syrup (for a healthier angle to sweeten your drink). Bare in mind most hazelnut syrups already have sweetners inside.
- 3/4 oz. Monin Roasted Hazelnut Syrup
- 1 shot(s) espresso
- Steamed milk
- Glass or Mug
- Garnish: whipped cream
- Glass/Mug Size: 12 oz.
Step 1 – Make the Espresso Base
Firstly, you’ll want to make the espresso base. You can use an espresso machine to make the espresso. You can also use espresso grounds. If you’re making espresso with grounds, you’re going to want to use about 1 tablespoon of grounds for every 1 ounce of water. If you’re using espresso machine, you should follow the instructions for your machine. After making your espresso, put it in a pitcher.
Step 2 – Mix in the Frothed Milk
Next, you’ll want to mix in the frothed milk. Put your milk into your milk frother and turn the machine on. A steam wand will create more authentic cafe froth which is more likely to give your hazelnut latte a Starbucks tasty texture. However, stand alone and handheld frothers are very good mimics so the difference will be fractional. When the froth is a velvety, creamy texture after about 1 minute of frothing pour into the glass or mug.
Step 3 – Mix in the Nutty Bits
Next, you’ll want to add your nutty bits. You can use hazelnut flavoring, hazelnut syrup, or even chopped hazelnuts to add a nutty flavor to your homemade hazelnut latte. Whisk these ingredients into your frothed milk to finish your hazelnut latte.
You’re now ready to drink your hazelnut latte. You can serve it in a glass, cup or a mug. You can also add a curl of delicious whipped cream to the top of your latte for a bit of extra sweet decadent creaminess. Now that you’ve got you’ve hopefully mastered this hazelnut latte recipe at home, there’s no need to feel a yearning to go out to get one. Stay in, make the warming beverage yourself, save some money while you’re at it and keep your toes warmer.
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- Get your own milk frother: Handheld Electric Frothers