Move over hot chocolate this delicious maple vanilla milk steamer is taking over! Creamy, sweet flavorful frothy milk steamer wlll be your new favorite drink. You can get your fill at Starbucks with one of these, but you might as will make the milk steamer at home in your coat sweats and save a few bucks. It's super easy + fast and I'm showing you how!
What is a milk steamer?
A milk steamer is milk heated with added flavor. It is usually flavored with a sugar syrup or a maple syrup. Add spices, whip cream or garnishes to the top!! Whisk together with a frother for a nice creamy foamy top. It would pair perfect with a fancy, delicious Christmas Charcuterie Board like this one!
What kind of milk do I use?
2% milk is a great milk to use for a steamer. It has a nice creamy base without being too heavy so you still get a great frothy top. However, if you want a lower fat option use what milk you have in your fridge. You can even use a soy or coconut milk.
Ingredients for a milk steamer at home.
- MILK- you can use what you have at home. The higher fat the better it will cream.
- BUTTER, I know you are wondering WHY butter. Trust me on this one.
- CINNAMON- a must have for your drink to have the best flavor.
- MAPLE SYRUP- the secret ingredient and sweetener.
Gadgets needed for a steamer
I recommend picking up a frother. I'm telling you it will be your new favorite kitchen gadget and your kids will go bananas over it. It's a very inexpensive tool for making your hot drinks nice and frothy. You can grab a really inexpensive one at ikea ($2.99), target ($7.99) or walmart ($5). But the best one is this Bonsen Kitchen frother from Amazon.
How to make a milk steamer at home.
Start out by bring your milk and butter to a frothy boil while whisking.
Add a cinnamon stick to the milk while it heats up to a boil.
Once it is to the point where it rises quickly remove it from the heat so you don't scorch the milk.
Add in your maple syrup and whisk until throughly mixed.
What kind of maple syrup do I use?
When milk is heated the sugars are broken down into smaller simpler sugars which taste sweeter. So you do not need to us a to of sugar to make this drink sweet. You can use a pure maple syrup, or use can use whatever maple syrup you have on hand.
I don't like maple syrup, can I use something else?
Surprisingly, this steamed milk does not have a strong maple flavor. It is more of a sweetener- so give it a try! However, if you are really opposed to maple and want to use a different flavor do it! Try a Torani flavored syrup like vanilla, hazelnut, coconut.
If you are making a small batch you can use your frother throughout the whole cooking process. If you are cooking more than a few cups of milk you will want to whisk in the pan and froth the steamed milk in your mug.
A frother will make your milk creamier and create light foam top! It's so much fun. Just be sure not to turn it on before inserting or you will have milk everywhere! (turn it on inside the cup)
sprinkle with ground cinnamon. Or if your adventurous, add a little whipped cream, then cinnamon!
I highly recommend the whipped cream addition.
How do I keep the milk warm?
It is safe to make this recipe and keep it warm for a few hours, if you are serving it at a party for instance. You can keep it warm in an instant pot, slow cooker on warm for a few hours. A heavy duty dutch oven will also keep it warm for a while, but not as long as a slow-cooker.
Why is it separating?
As the drink cools to room temp or cooler some of the sugars and fats might start to separate. If you are still drinking your milk you can stir or froth it again to reincorporate the ingredients. By the time the ingredients might start to separate the actual drink will probably be cold. You can microwave to reheat, but only immediately. Don't store the leftovers and reheat.
Can I reheat leftovers?
No, after milk has been heated any leftovers need to be discarded.
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- 6 Cups Milk
- 3 tsps butter
- 6 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Pinch of Ground Cinnamon for garnish
- whipped cream for topping
- In a small sauce pan, bring milk and butter to a frothy boil while whisking.
- Once milk starts to rise quickly remove from heat and stir in maple syrup.
- Pour into mugs, froth and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.
- Top with whipped cream before the cinnamon if desired!