If you're like us, our morning routine involves waking up, making coffee and heading straight for the store-bought creamer. Turns out, you can make all your favorite coffee creamers yourself—and they're so much better. In our version, a vanilla bean and toasted hazelnuts are steeped in creamer for the perfect punch of flavor in your morning joe.
Just remember: When you're bringing the creamer to a simmer, it's crucial to keep stirring so the sugar in the sweetened condensed milk can caramelize. Otherwise, the mixture will scald on the bottom.
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Homemade Coffee Creamer
Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen
Yield: 2¼ cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus cooling time
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes, plus cooling time
One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
One 12-ounce can evaporated milk
½ cup peeled hazelnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
In a small saucepan, combine the ingredients over medium heat. Bring to simmer, stirring constantly, then remove from the heat and let cool completely. Strain into a airtight container; use immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.