I’ve been think a lot about change lately. It feels like recently the world has been in a constant state of flux between the political craziness, disastrous weather, the more mundane cycles of weddings, births, deaths, people leaving, moving, and the changing of the seasons. The default is entropy, and the most we can do is hold on with a white-knuckle grip and hope not to fall off. Sometimes its just too much to deal with. The mind craves stability but the surface is constantly shifting, like quicksand.
“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley,
I feel like my duty is to be engaged, be active, save the world, be there for everyone. But my instinct tells me to withdraw, curl in on myself like a caterpillar, and hibernate until things settle. Sometimes the necessary thing is to be selfish. I find comfort in the banal patterns of my everyday life, where my husband and my dog are the primary players. Netflix and comfort food and cuddles and a warm beverage.
Maybe the 50 to 70 degree days are a subconscious signal to hunker down for the cold months. I’m still not used to the mildness of DC winters. I find myself mentally preparing for the New England marathon cold season that I experienced for 24 years – where going outside is a trial consisting of several layers of fleece and functional, not fashionable, shoes. Whatever the reason, I find myself seeking comfortable things, among them this Easy Maple Latte inspired by many delicious breakfasts at Joey’s Junction.
Equally good as a morning path to caffeine or an afternoon indulgence, this drink evokes fall, flannel, and foliage. It is my answer to Pumpkin Spice everything. Simplicity has a way of cutting through chaos, which is one of the reasons I love this drink. Nothing could be easier – just three ingredients and minimal equipment.
I start by brewing around 6 ounces of coffee. I typically use my AeroPress because its fast, easy, and has minimal cleanup (hint – warm your mug with some hot water before brewing your coffee, that way your coffee will stay hot longer). Once you get your coffee going, its time to start steaming your milk. I don’t have a steamer so I typically use the mason jar method.
There are a couple ways of doing this depending on how frothy you want your milk to be. For a latte I want a greater milk to foam ratio so I put 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and 1/2 cup of milk in a pint-sized mason jar, microwave for 45 seconds, cover, and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. If you want more foam/a cappuccino you can use this tutorial from The Kitchn.
Add your maple steamed milk to your mug of coffee and sip immediately. Goes well with a heated blanket and a good book.
This Easy Maple Latte is a great pick-me-up or an easy indulgence when you feel like treating yourself. Goes well with a heated blanket and a good book.
- 6 ounces coffee, brewed with your preferred method (I use Aeropress)
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1 tablespoon vermont maple syrup
Brew 6 ounces of coffee using your favorite method. I am personally a big fan of the ease and simplicity of the Aeropress.
Place maple syrup and milk in a mason jar and microwave for 45 seconds.
Remove the jar from the microwave and place a lid on it, tightening firmly. Grasp the jar with oven mitts or a tea towel to protect your hands from the heat and shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds, or until you see a layer of foam form at the top of the milk.
Pour coffee, followed by the steamed milk into your favorite mug.
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