February 17 is National Cafe au Lait Day!
Cafe au lait is French for "coffee with milk". It is made with a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio of dark roast brewed coffee to heated milk or half-n-half. Add sugar to taste!
Cafe au Lait Recipe
1 part French Roast Coffee
1 part hot milk
To heat milk, scald over low heat in a sauce pan just until a thin film forms. Alternately, you can scald the milk in the microwave. Just fill a mug ½ full of milk and heat until hot (about 40 seconds).
Pour equal parts hot scalded milk and hot coffee into a large mug. In some New Orleans establishments, you will find a pitcher of scalded milk and a pitcher of hot coffee on the table so that you can pour your own, exactly as you like it.
Sweeten to taste, if desired.