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Anyone for a Morning Cappuccino???

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Living in Italy has taught me so much about appreciating some of the simpler pleasures in life. Things that are truly beautiful but yet so simple.. For instance …one of my  favorite things in the mornings here in Italy is the smell  of espresso brewing…  …I can’t seem to start my day unless I have a cappuccino and a cornetto (the Italian version of the croissant)…one of life’s simpler pleasures..  It is  like my motor isn’t running correctly or something is just is not right, but alas comes my cappuccino and cornetto…. and all seems right with the world my day can begin!! What is that about ‘carpe diem’??? at that very moment that my cappuccino and cornetto arrive I want to just stop time-if only for a few minutes…

The cold weather and the coffee bars have inspired us to also work on some recipes for coffee drinks here and there are so many that even that famous coffee place in the US (you know who I mean) would be stumped.

Here is a recipe for a dessert coffee drink done at the coffee bars here…enjoy and keep warm….

 Caffe Mocha

1/2 cup honey

1 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 cups of hot espresso coffee

1/4 cup hot milk

1/4 cup whipping cream (unsweetened)

2 tbslsps powdered sugar

Place whipping cream and powdered sugar in a  chilled bowl, whip till peaks form. Place in refrigerator.

In another bowl. mix the honey with powdered cocoa and cinnamon and let sit for 5 minutes. Divide  and place mixture into 4 cups. Mix hot coffee with hot milk and distribute in cups. Stir and top with whipped cream mix.

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