Flat White With a Twist

So, remember when I said I was giving up coffee? Yea well that didn't last long. Turns out I just love it too much! I'll go into that more in another post, but today I wanted to share with you my secret to a really delicious coffee. 

Last week a new coffee maker arrived on our doorstep. I was pretty excited about getting to use the ROK for the first time, but Adam was just beside himself. I had only just started to unwrap it and he was already getting out the coffee grounds saying, "can I give it a go? I'll read the instructions! I've heard you can make amazing coffees with this thing! Do you want a coffee? It's ok if I use it, right?"

And I thought I was bad...

When the weekend finally rolled around, Adam went on his stag do (bachelor party), and I had the house to myself. I made no plans, got a brand new book, and made making a good coffee the first order of the day. I also ended the day with a lovely dinner, Molly cuddles on the sofa and an episode of Midsomer Murders - I'm not even going to try and apologise for how much I love that show. 

But coffee first. Always coffee first. I love a really strong, but milky coffee - it's a hard balance to strike because lattes are always a bit weak, while something like a macchiato is just never milky enough. That's why I opt for a flat white whenever I can, yet even then I always find myself wishing it could have a little more milk, a little more... something.

Long ago I discovered the secret ingredient.

So Saturday morning, I woke up, let the dog out, and got ready to make myself my perfect coffee. I squeezed myself out a strong espresso, steamed and frothed some milk, and then just before I added it, I stirred in a tablespoonful of condensed milk. That's the secret.

I know coffee aficionados around the world will probably shudder at what I'm calling a flat white, but sometimes I like to play at being my own barista at home, and this barista says that a spoonful of condensed milk in coffee is just the thing. It's indulgent without being sickly, it's like a spoonful of dulce de leche without being too thick and sweet, it's just glorious.

Give it a try. I know you'll love it!

We got our ROK Original Espresso Maker from Selfridges who kindly sent it to us to try out. And I have to say I really do love it - needless to say Adam does too. I've never attempted to make my own espresso before, but this was quick and easy and I just can't knock it.