Cafe con leche recipe

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A typical Mexican style coffee, usually served with breakfast. Main ingredients are milk and cinnamon.
Preparation time: 5 minutes, Cooking time: 5 minutes, Serves: 4 


2 cups milk
2/3 cups freshly ground coffee
2 cups water, boiling
4 cinnamon sticks
Sugar, to taste


Put the coffee grounds in the bottom of coffee press and add the boiling water. Wait for 5 minutes, or until the coffee grounds sit at the bottom of the press. Press down to strain the coffee grounds from the coffee liquid. Pour the coffee liquid into an empty jar or pitcher.

In a medium saucepan over medium to high heat add the milk and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Using a slotted spoon remove the cinnamon sticks and save them for serving. Add the coffee to the milk, stir well and serve into cups. Add a cinnamon stick to each of the cups and add sugar as needed.
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My Mother would wake up 4:30am to start her day as a housewife and Mother of nine children. She and Dad were 100% Phoenician. They would start their day with Cafe con leche. Even I would drink it before or after school with my mothers hot out-of-the-oven flat bread. My parents did it a little differently. They would use a campfire coffee pot, wait till the water boils and throw in the coffee grounds, letting it foam awhile and then strain it. Instead of sticks, they would use ground cinnamon. Whenever I drink regular coffee now, my taste buds are never satisfied. So I try to stay away from coffee all together, to avoid the addiction to cafe con leche. Love it but it can throw your "sleep clock" off.
Posted by Suzanne Joyce on Apr 29, 2010, 04:04

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