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spiced almond steamer

June 27, 2012
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We are almost through the end of June and aside from a couple days, the Pacific Northwest has not been very warm. In fact, I still find myself in sweaters usually. After finding Joy’s post while browsing, it reminded me the cozy feeling that comes with a warm steamer. Although her take on it is in regards to a cold winter day, with this weather a warm steamer still seems justifiable. If you are looking for a substitute to your usual coffee beverage, try this wonderful recipe.

Here’s the plan:

Heat about 2 cups of almond milk in a small saucepan.  If it’s unsweetened almond milk… you might want to add a touch of honey.  If it’s already sweetened… no need.

Add about 1/8 teaspoon of ground cardamom and a good sprinkling of fresh ground nutmeg to the heating milk.  Also add the scrapings of half a vanilla bean… heck, throw the pod in too.  If you don’t have vanilla beans on hand, no worries (!) just throw in a dash of pure vanilla extract.  If you want to add a bit of bourbon… I won’t tell a soul.

Heat until steaming hot.

Serve hot with cookies from your favorite bakery.  Enjoy while reading a cookbook studded with Polaroids of your friends as bookmarks.  (Suggestions… no biggie.)

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