Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Homemade Vanilla Creamer
Like many, we have been purchasing store bought flavored creamer for years. And at Christmas, we stock up on all the flavors that come out, my favorite is the Gingerbread Latte. But every time we look at the ingredients on the back, we shutter to think what some of those words really mean. How the use of chemicals was ever approved, in the foods we eat, is still beyond my comprehension.
The first batch didn't turn out too great, we used whole milk and not even close to enough sugar. With batch #2, we knew had to step things up a notch. We opted for half and half and more sugar, now it's much sweeter and creamier than batch #1. Still not quite as sweet as the grocery store brands but then again their use of chemicals and high fructose corn syrup is not something we don't have access to, so we consider that a good thing. Our coffee actually tastes much creamier and has much more flavor than it did. Maybe the chemicals were masking the true essence of the coffee. So, Batch #2 YOU are a definite keeper!!!
Think of all the fun flavors you could do with this, almond, cinnamon, ginger, chocolate, etc..You could even infuse this with fresh mint to create a peppermint flavored creamer, really your options are endless. Maybe I will work on that Gingerbread Latte for you, who says we have to wait til Christmas to enjoy gingerbread. Besides Christmas was meant to be 365 days a year ;)
1 qt half & half
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
Place everything into a sauce pot and bring to a simmer (not boiling). Turn it off and let cool to so that the flavors infuse. If you infuse with herbs, just strain them out then place in refrigerator overnight, this will allow the flavors to really come together. ENJOY!!!!