Thursday, July 1, 2010
Edit Jan 2013--Lately this recipe has been shared numerous times! Thank you to all my supporters! It has been mentioned that this is not exactly "cheaper" than store bought creamers, back when I first posted this the costs of milk and SC milk were not so high. About a year or so after I first posted this I added in a recipe for homemade SC milk since that is where the bulk of the cost lies. I hope those of you who are interested in lowering costs try it out! As of right now, this is more of tastes better and I can pronounce the ingredients recipe LOL.
There have been many requests for flavors and I have tried to offer suggestions for all of them, so make sure you scroll through the comments for more flavors.
If you need dairy free I suggest looking up dairy-free sweetened condensed milk recipes with coconut or almond milks. I havent had a chance to test any out but I will add one in when I do.
Also for a flavor short cut you can get flavored coffee syrups like Torani (See all their flavors HERE) Just add in a few shots to your taste preference!
About Freshness Time: I am recommending that you use your sell by date on the milk product you use as a guide. Just remember that it is a SELL BY date, and it does not mean it is bad after that date. Stored properly it should be good for at LEAST a week after the pull date.
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk**
2 cups milk (any kind you prefer)
1 tsp xanthan gum(optional, but it thickens it up nicely)
(I have had reports that the xanthan gum doesnt blend in well or is thickening it too much. Try to dissolve it in 1/2 cup milk first, it takes alot of mixing...and start with 1/2 tsp if it is getting too thick)
Just these two ingredients makes an excellent basic creamer.
Add to (32 oz )bottle and shake well.
**The cost of sweetened condensed milk is threatening making this a "cheaper" creamer!
A cheaper solution is homemade sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup cold water
1 1/3 cup non fat milk powder
3/4 cup sugar**
1 tsp vanilla
** you can use whatever sugar substitute ( I prefer raw sugar) you please, just make sure you know your cup to cup ratio for conversions, they are not all the same!
just add liquid ingredients to the basic mix and shake shake shake!
For powdered ingredients, simmer them with 1/2 cup of the milk to thoroughly dissolve them.
2 tsp QUALITY vanilla extract
1 TB cocoa Powder
1 tsp Almond Extract
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp orange extract
1 TB cinnamon
1tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
2 TB caramel ice cream topping
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cocoa powder
2 TB raspberry syrup
2 tablespoon chocolate-flavored syrup
1 teaspoons instant coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 tsp coconut extract
2 TB chocolate syrup
1 tsp peppermint extract
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
I am adding in some of the simpler requests, others I will add in as I can test them.
These wont be "exact" but I am giving ideas to work with based on some suggestions...most of these have NOT been tested. If you do try one please leave a comment to tell us how you did it and how it turned out!
I made "Reese's Peanut Butter Cup" this morning...
I made the homemade SC milk so I added 1/4 cup cocoa powder and 1/2 cup peanut butter (I chose an unsweetened kind!) right to the recipe, if you are using canned SC milk, mix the cocoa powder into the peanut butter until smooth, then mix in 1 cup of the milk and heat over low heat until the PB is melted.
Salted Caramel Mocha:
A few Tablespoons homemade Salted Caramel Sauce (link is to my Salted Caramel Ice Cream , just follow first instructions for the caramel)
Chocolate Sauce to taste(I recommend more caramel then chocolate)
1-2 tsp pure Hazelnut Extract
start very small and add as you see fit on the extracts!
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp coconut extract
chocolate syrup or cocoa powder to taste
Replace part of all of the milk with a good eggnog recipe
a touch of rum or bourbon extract if you like!
1/3-1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
melt it in with 1 cup of the milk over low heat
I prefer a no sugar added PB
1-2 TB quality cocoa powder
1/2 tsp orange extract(start small and work your way up for flavor preference)
The possibilities are ENDLESS!!! Be creative!!! All of these can be adjusted for your particular tastes.