Drink Up! Celebrate National Cappuccino Day With These Fun Recipes

Cappuccino has always been a favorite of mine to ask for when dining out. After a great dinner, ordering a dessert, with a cappuccino always feels so indulgent, and fun! Driving through to grab a cappuccino is a treat before a busy workday.

But more and more, there are great machines that allow you to make your own cappuccino at home. And since today is National Cappuccino Day, we are most definitely celebrating!

Making a cappuccino at home is easier than you would think; and all you need is standard coffee. You can grind your own whole beans, or buy a bag already ground.

To celebrate Cappuccino Day this fall, the first recipe I’m sharing is a Maple Cappuccino; warm, comforting, and it tastes like fall! This Maple Cappuccino will be a staple all season long.

I like to top with cinnamon, and while it will seep into the froth, it is delicious, no matter – enjoy!

Maple Cappuccino

Makes 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ tbsp ground coffee
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of cinnamon, to garnish
  • ¼ cup milk (cow’s, nut, etc – any milk will work for frothing!)

Instructions:

  1. Make one cup of espresso in a cappuccino machine. Follow manufacturer’s directions. Pour the brewed espresso into a mug, and stir in the maple syrup.
  2. Mix together milk, cinnamon and vanilla. Froth and warm milk mixture using a machine, or by simply placing it into a jar, closing the lid, and shaking vigorously, then microwaving it for 30 seconds.
  3. Slowly pour your frothed cinnamon milk mixture into mug with espresso. Top with extra cinnamon and serve hot.

If you love french toast, then up the ante with a warm plate of Cappuccino French Toast! It’s a standard french toast recipe with freshly brewed cappuccino. For fun, I like to smear a little hazelnut spread (think: Nutella) in between each slice, before dolloping with whipped cream!

Cappuccino French Toast

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 8 thick slices of bread
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk (or almond milk)
  • ½ cup freshly brewed espresso (from cappuccino machine)
  • 2 tbsp honey, or sugar
  • 4 tbsp hazelnut spread (Nutella), optional
  • Whipped cream
  • Cinnamon, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. To a mixing bowl, or shallow dish such as a 9×13 casserole dish, whisk together the espresso, honey (or sugar) and milk. Add the eggs and whisk again until well combined. Dip bread into the egg wash; leave to soak for 2 minutes on one side, then flip and soak for another minute. You may need to do this in batches.
  2. Preheat a large nonstick pan, skillet or griddle with a light coating of butter. When hot, cook the french toast in batches until browned on both sides, and cooked through. Spread 1 tbsp of Nutella between two slices, and allow to melt slightly (this is optional, but very delicious!).
  3. Dollop each stack with whipped cream, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Each plate will make two slices of Cappuccino French Toast.
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