Guest Recipe: Butterscotch Hot Chocolate from Megan at CountryCleaver.com

We’re holding onto winter with a deliciously sweet hot chocolate recipe from Megan at CountryCleaver.com.

Megan’s blog features mouthwatering country cooking and baking recipes, beautiful food photography and styling, fun stories and adorable photos of her dog, Huck. We partnered with Megan on a review of the Capresso froth TEC and she created a wonderful Butterscotch Hot Chocolate recipe.

Butterscotch Hot Chocolate

Butterscotch Hot Chocolate from CountryCleaver.com

1 serving

Place the frothing disk into the froth enhancer of your Capresso froth TEC and ensure it is securely snapped inside the bottom of the pitcher. Add milk to frothing pitcher. Place lid and press the Warm button. After about 2 minutes, slowly add hot chocolate mix. Wait for frother to automatically shut off.  Pour into a glass, and top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.

Tips for Brewing Espresso with a Bottomless Filter

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Showcase your espresso brewing skills with the EC PRO and its bottomless filter.

A bottomless filter produces a shot of espresso with a thicker, richer crema because the coffee has less contact with the portafilter. The filter also preserves the natural coffee oils to make a tastier brew.

While using a bottomless filter requires a little more skill, we’ve got some tips to help you with your technique so you can brew barista-style.

  • Use a burr grinder to ensure consistency of ground coffee. The right grind size depends on the type of coffee bean; adjust grind size as necessary.
  • Always start the process of extracting with a clean, dry portafilter basket.
  • Even distribution of coffee grounds is critical to avoid uneven extraction.
  • Fill portafilter so it is slightly overflowing and use fingers to evenly distribute grounds and level.
  • An even tamp means an even extraction. Rest the flat section of the bottomless filter on the side of a countertop to level the filter when tamping for even distribution.
  • Aim for a 20-30 second extraction and adjust the time of the brew by changing the grind size.  For a faster brew, use a coarser grind.  For a slower brew, use a finer grind.

For more tips and information about using the EC PRO’s bottomless filter, visit Capresso.com.

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

Share a warm drink with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. Our Red Velvet Hot Chocolate is sweet, delicious and filled with love.

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Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

2 servings

–       10 ounces milk

–       2 tbsp hot chocolate mix

–       ¼ cup dark chocolate, shaved

–       2 tbsp powdered sugar

–       Red food coloring

–       whipped cream, for garnish

Place frothing disk into the froth enhancer of your Capresso froth TEC and ensure it is securely snapped inside the bottom of the pitcher. Add milk to frothing pitcher. Place lid and press the Warm button. After about 2 minutes, slowly add hot chocolate mix, dark chocolate, sugar and 6-8 drops of red food coloring (or enough to turn mixture red). Wait for frother to automatically shut off.  Pour into glasses, and top with whipped cream.

To find out more about Capresso products, visit Capresso.com.

Make Your Own Affogato

We’re creating a unique dessert with just 2 ingredients: espresso and ice cream. Brew espresso with your Capresso EC PRO, then pour into a glass over your favorite flavor of ice cream or gelato. It’s simply delicious!

Affogato 

Affogato

1 serving

  • ½ cup ice cream or gelato
  • 1.5 oz. espresso

Scoop ice cream or gelato into a glass, add espresso and enjoy!

 

Suggested flavor combinations:

  • Talenti Old World Eggnog gelato and espresso
  • Peppermint ice cream and espresso
  • Chocolate gelato and espresso
  • Vanilla ice cream and espresso

For more information on the EC PRO, visit Capresso.com.