Vanilla Steamer

I don't drink coffee. And that may come as a shock to some of you as you may think I need it for getting up early to own a bake shop. But, it's just something I never started drinking. I love the smell of fresh coffee as I woke up to it every morning growing up as both of my parents are coffee drinkers. And more times than not, coffee ice cream was the only ice cream in our freezer because it was my mom's and she didn't let us have desserts very often. So, I grew up loving coffee ice cream. Which of course made me think I'd like coffee too, but it's just not for me.

I have worked in many coffee shops and also frequented them with friends, yet I never get coffee. Sometimes I'll get a hot chocolate or tea, but my drink of choice for many years was a vanilla steamer. There was a little coffee hut at my home mountain, Nubs Nob, that was located in a small little corner of the lodge. It became the spot where my friends and I hung out on the regular, and while everyone else was getting a coffee or a mocha I was getting a vanilla steamer.

What is a vanilla steamer? It's basically warm vanilla milk and it's so good! Today I'm sharing a recipe for my Vanilla Steamer. I make mine using real ground vanilla bean, as opposed to a vanilla syrup (like most coffee shops use). And I make fresh whipped cream as well. Get the recipe below for my Vanilla Steamer.

Tips for making the best Vanilla Steamer

• Use whole milk. All coffee shops use whole milk, but it also gives more flavor and body to such a simple drink.

• Use fresh ground vanilla bean. You can also use a whole vanilla bean if you have one and scrape out the inside.

• Use a drink thermometer. This is super important so you don't burn your milk. Milk will burn after it reaches 160°F so I always heat drinks to 140°F as that is drinking temperature (I think) and there's no error for burning. If you like piping hot, go to 160°F but don't go any higher or your milk may taste burnt.

• You can use a frother to create a foamy top if you like as well.

Vanilla Steamer

Makes 2

Whipped Cream

1/2 cup organic heavy whipping cream

3/4 teaspoon organic cane sugar

1/4 teaspoon organic vanilla extract


2 cups organic milk

28 grams (2 tablespoons) organic cane sugar

1/4 teaspoon organic ground vanilla bean


To make the whipped cream: In the bowl of a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer) add the heavy whipping cream, cane sugar, and vanilla extract. Whisk on low and gradually increase speed to high as whipped cream thickens. Whisk until stiff peaks form.

To make the steamer: In a small saucepan, add the milk, cane sugar, and ground vanilla bean. Cook over high heat until it reaches 140°F on a drink thermometer. Remove from heat and pour into mugs.

Top with whipped cream. Serve immediately.

High Altitude - Follow the recipe as noted.

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