How to Make Vanilla Foam for Coffee
Vanilla cream foam is one of the most popular and delicious ways to top off coffee and espresso drinks. But getting that perfect, creamy texture requires a bit of know-how. Here are the basics on how to make a foam, plus some tips and tricks to give your concoctions that extra flair.
- Heavy whipping cream: Start with refrigerated heavy cream. This will emulsify better than a lower-fat cream and yield better foam stability.
- Vanilla extract: A teaspoon or two of pure vanilla extract will add a delicious flavor element to your foam.
- Sweetener (optional): You can also add a little sugar or honey to sweeten your foam, if desired.
- Add 1/4 cup of heavy cream to a mixing bowl and beat with a handheld mixer or immersion blender on medium-high speed until bubbles start to form.
- Increase the speed to high and beat until the cream forms soft peaks, which should take 1-2 minutes.
- Add the vanilla extract and sweetener, if using, and mix until combined.
- Fill a half-pint jar or other small container with cream and use the immersion blender to froth it at the top. Make sure to submerge the bottom of the blender.
- Pour the foam into your coffee and enjoy!
Tips & Tricks
- Vanilla bean powder: You can also use vanilla bean powder instead of extract for a more intense vanilla flavor.
- Aeropress: This espresso-making tool can be used to create creamier foam. Simply add the cream to the Aeropress and press instead of using the immersion blender.
- Whip it up!: For an extra creamy texture, add a bit of air to the cream by whipping it in a standing mixer with a whisk attachment until soft peaks form.
Now that you know the basic steps to making a perfect vanilla foam for coffee, you’re ready to get creative in the kitchen. Experiment with different flavors, textures, and sweeteners to find your favorite combination.