Friday, March 11, 2011

Homemade Coffee Creamer

I have been busy enjoying my homemade chai and its been delicious, but I am missing my other love: coffee. Like everything in life, I want flavour. Coffee is good on its own, but its great with some vanilla or cinnamon or something. I find flavour in coffee helps me not want to sweeten it.

These are frequently on my counter :D

Ireland is big on instant coffee and I don't mind it myself, but I really prefer the brewed version. I always bring back Tim Horton's coffee when I visit home (Tim Horton's coffee is a Canadian tradition) and I discovered a new love a couple of years ago: Highlander Grogg coffee. Its kind of got a butterscotch-y flavour to it. It was my birthday present from my mom last year (she knows me very well. Not everyone would be happy to receive a bag of coffee beans for their birthday but I did a happy-clap dance :)
See? Exclusively roasted just for me :) My mommy is the best.

I add 3 scoops of the Timmys to one scoop of the Grogg and its totally awesome. However I still need to add my milk and I saw a recipe for homemade coffee creamer I had to try. I really like the flavoured coffee creamers I've seen at home but they are so full of all kinds of artificial stuff, plus they're not available here, so I figured it was a good time to make my own.

French Vanilla Coffee Creamer (from Deliciously Organic)

1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 vanilla bean

Whisk together milk, cream and maple syrup in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cut vanilla bean in half, and scrape out seeds. Add seeds and vanilla bean to milk mixture. Turn off heat, cover the pot and steep for 30 minutes. After mixture has steeped, strain through a fine mesh sieve, pour into a glass bottle and store in the refrigerator. (If you don’t have a vanilla bean on hand, simply replace it with 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract)

 Look at all the yummy vanilla caviar! Yummmmmm!!!
It is delicious! Carrie has lots of different recipes on her site so you can find one that suits you. Next time I'll make it with just milk as it was a little rich for my taste, but its still really good in a nice cup of coffee.

So do you like coffee?


Jenn x


  1. That does sound delicious, i'm a coffee lover too - i think we have a lot in common :)

  2. Mmm vanilla caviar! What a perfect way to put it! :D

  3. Oh my, Jenn, I think part of the problem is starting with Tim Horton's coffee rather than freshly roasted can you detect the subtle flavours of each area in which the beans are grown when it was roasted months ago and ground for who knows when?! Coffee is like wine - if you want it to taste good, find the good stuff! (I'm still Canadian even if I don't like Timmy's! And now I'm tempted to send you some good coffee, but you'll need a grinder).