Monday, February 15, 2010

New Orleans Style Café au Lait

A half and half mixture of half scalded milk and half of a Louisiana chicory blend coffee.

New Orleans Style Café au Lait

Really, this is another one of those non-recipe recipes, but I'm posting my beignet recipe and I have to explain the process of New Orleans style café au lait to go along with that or what kind of southerner would I be?!

Essentially café au lait is just half scalded milk with cream and half coffee and it's nice if you can froth up the milk with a milk frother or a rotary beater just a bit but it's not necessary. What is necessary, however, is that the milk be heated just to the point of almost boiling and that the coffee be a Louisiana chicory blend.  Café du Monde coffee stand, located in the Old Jackson Square area of the French Market has their own brand of chicory coffee, and actually has a coffee club you can participate in to receive regular shipments. There are other chicory coffees available of course - Community New Orleans blend is the brand I use most, but French Market brand is also good.

Recipe: New Orleans Style Café au Lait

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 15 min | Yield: About 6 servings


Prepare the coffee according to the coffeemaker and desired strength. Heat the milk in a heavy saucepan, over medium high, just until bubbles begin to form around the edges of the saucepan and milk just begins to steam up. Remove from heat and add the heavy cream to the scalded milk. Add desired sweetener to your coffee mugs and pour the mugs half full with the steamed milk. Use a milk frother if you have one, or just stir vigorously to mix in the sweetener and create a slight froth. Top the mugs with the hot coffee and enjoy with some hot beignets.


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  1. Do you have the CDM brand of coffee there? Have family in the New Orleans area, and she says that is Cafe Du Monde's generic brand. She says it's the same coffee, but less expensive.

  2. Hi Patricia! Yes, as far as I know CDM is just another brand of Cafe Du Monde. Since we are right on the Gulf Coast and not far from New Orleans, we have it in several stores where I live.

  3. Is there a brand that can be bought in stores that would work good with this recipe?


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