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    Caramel Coffee

    Festive coffee has never been easier to make

    I am a certified coffee addict but never had the pleasure of trying a Nespresso machine before. Having now owned the Krups Nespresso and Milk Coffee Machine for only a couple of days I have to admit I am totally converted. It makes absolutely wonderful coffee at the touch of a button and easily froths up milk at the same time – I may have powered through an entire selection of wonderful capsules in a day! Creating festive coffee variations is my new favourite pastime – from Gingerbread latte to Nutella and salted caramel – the only limits are your imagination!

    Here's what you'll need...

    For the gingerbread syrup

    • 150g Demerara sugar
    • 150ml water
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 3-4 whole cloves
    • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
    • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

     

    For the gingerbread latte

    • 1 x voluto or livanto coffee capsule
    • 1 tsp gingerbread syrup (or to taste)
    • semi skimmed milk
    • grating of fresh nutmeg
    • gingerbread cookies or cinnamon candy cane to serve

    Here's how it's done...

    Step 1

    A gingerbread latter maybe my favourite festive coffee but I find the store-bought versions too sweet and artificial. Make your own gingerbread syrup couldn’t be easier – and you are guaranteed a fabulous tasting coffee!

    Put all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Immediately reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve into a jar. Cool and keep in the fridge for up to two weeks.

    Step 2

    Put the gingerbread syrup in a tall latte glass.

    Use your favourite coffee capsule – mine is voluto or livanto to make the coffee in Krups Nespresso.

    Steam the semi-skimmed milk in the Aeroccino. Pour the hot milk into the glass pouring it carefully down the back of a spoon. Stir and add some of the milk foam on top.

    Step 3

    Drizzle a little extra syrup over the foam and add a grating of fresh nutmeg. Serve with gingerbread cookies or a cinnamon candy cane.

    For the Nutella Mocha

    Stir 1 tsp of runny Nutella into a cup of espresso – the limited edition variations sachertorte pod works well in this recipe. Top with whipped cream (fresh or from a can) and add mini marshmallows and chocolate chips.

    For the Salted caramel

    Use the limited edition variations apfelstrudel to make the coffee in Krups Nespresso machine. Stir in 1/2 tsp salted caramel sauce. Top with whipped cream (fresh or from a can) and drizzle with extra caramel. Add a dusting of ground cinnamon.