Bonjour, coffee lovers! It’s your pal Bertram here, tipping my white safari hat to the magnificent city of Paris. Today, I’m thrilled to share a coffee recipe that captures the essence of Parisian elegance – a classic Café au Lait with a Bertram twist. With its perfect balance of strong coffee and creamy milk, this beloved coffee drink is a staple in the charming cafes lining the Seine. Let’s embark on this culinary journey to the heart of France, where coffee is not just a beverage but a symbol of style and sophistication. But first, the adventures of Bertram and Beatrice…
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After soaking up the culture of Cartagena and indulging in its coffee traditions, Bertram and Beatrice noticed a mysterious shadow lingering at the edge of their vision. It was a shadowy figure reminiscent of something she briefly remembered from her childhood and the day her Grandma gave her the locket. The shadowy figure, his features obscured, yet his presence unmistakable. He seemed to be trailing them, blending into the crowd, then reappearing at odd intervals.
Unease settled over the pair. With his safari hat slightly askew, Bertram whispered to Beatrice, “Let’s try to lose him.” They zigzagged through the vibrant streets, ducking into quaint shops and bustling marketplaces, their hearts pounding from the thrill of the chase and the uncertainty of this unexpected twist in their adventure.
Despite their efforts, the shadowy figure was always a few steps behind, his motives as unclear as his obscured face. Growing increasingly worried, Bertram and Beatrice decided to head back to where they had first arrived in Cartagena.
As they reached the familiar cobblestone area, the intricate golden locket began to emit a soft glow again. Bertram held it up, his brow furrowed. “It’s only been 12 hours,” he noted. Beatrice, her southern belle hat casting a shadow over her eyes, nodded in agreement. “Maybe the locket only allows us a limited time in each place, and we must return to our arrival point to reactivate its power,” she speculated.
The locket’s glow intensified, casting a warm light on its surroundings. Then they saw the shadowy figure approaching, his steps deliberate, yet no sense of malice emanated from him. Bertram and Beatrice braced themselves, unsure of what to expect.
But before the mysterious raccoon could reach them, the locket burst into a brilliant light, and everything went black. The next moment, Bertram and Beatrice found themselves in an entirely new location, the air and scenery vastly different from the warm hues of Cartagena.
They looked at each other, a mix of relief and bewilderment in their eyes. The locket had saved them, but many questions lingered. Who was the shadowy raccoon? Why was he following them? And where had the locket taken them now?
Their adventure was far from over, and as they stepped into this new world, Bertram and Beatrice knew one thing for sure – their journey with the locket would be full of surprises, each destination holding its mysteries and stories to unravel.
The bewildered couple realized they had arrived in Paris…and it was a century unfamiliar to them. This trip was short-lived, as the locket was forced to transport the couple quickly. And just as quickly, the locket began to glow, all went black again…..
- 1/2 cup of freshly brewed French roast coffee (strong and bold)
- 1/2 cup of whole milk (preferably from a French dairy to keep it authentic)
- One teaspoon of vanilla extract (a nod to the French love for fine vanilla)
- One tablespoon of French cognac (for that Bertram special touch)
- A pinch of sugar (optional, but adds a Parisian sweetness)
- Cocoa powder for garnish (to add a touch of French flair)
- Brew the French roast coffee using your favorite method. I like using a French press – it feels more authentic!
- In a small saucepan, gently heat the milk until it’s warm but not boiling. If you’re feeling fancy, froth the milk for that extra creamy texture.
- Stir the vanilla extract into the brewed coffee.
- Add the French cognac to the coffee mixture for a delightful twist.
- Pour the coffee into a large, elegant mug, filling it halfway.
- Gently add the warm milk, creating a perfect balance with the coffee.
- If you like your coffee sweet, stir in a pinch of sugar.
- Garnish with a light dusting of cocoa powder for a chic finish.
Ah, the aroma of this Café au Lait is like a stroll down a Parisian boulevard. The robust French roast coffee, rich and powerful, blends harmoniously with the creamy milk, while the vanilla and cognac add layers of complexity and warmth. This coffee isn’t just a drink; it’s a journey through the heart of Paris, with every sip reminding you of the city’s timeless charm and elegance.
So, there you have it, my dear friends – Bertram’s special Parisian Café au Lait. It’s more than just a recipe; it’s a tribute to the art of French living, where coffee is savored, moments are cherished, and every day celebrates life’s simple pleasures. Bon appétit!
And don’t forget to check out our other coffee recipes on our blog. Happy brewing!