Giada De Laurentiis' Easy Hack for 'No-Frills' Cappuccino – In Your Microwave

Cappuccino in your microwave? Yes you can. Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis shows how you can do it in your own kitchen.

And it’s easier than you think.

This isn’t De Laurentiis’ only coffee hack

The Roman-born De Laurentiis has another quick coffee recipe that requires only two ingredients and a limber wrist ready to shake things up. It’s the Italian iced coffee called Shakerato.

Shakerato is a shaken coffee drink that’s quick to prepare and enjoy. De Laurentiis warns that the beverage is “super easy to whip up at home. Just beware – if you make one, you’re going to want to make it every morning.”

As she noted on her lifestyle and food blog Giadzy, “All you need is some coffee (room temp or cold will work best!), some sweetener, and any other flavorings you want to add.”

She uses cold coffee and agave nectar to make her Shakerato but says lemon zest and even Nutella are great additions as well.

Here’s how to make your own Shakerato: Add prepared coffee, agave nectar (or maple syrup or honey) in a shaker or container with a few ice cubes and a lid that will close tight. Shake it strongly for half a minute and enjoy!

Here’s Giada De Laurentiis’ cappuccino microwave hack

First off, De Laurentiis says to have your brewed, hot espresso ready to go. “This is a hack to make cappuccino at home without any fancy machines,” she began in her video.

Here’s the fun part: fill a mason jar halfway with two percent milk (“So you’ll need a mason jar,” the chef noted.) Then, put the lid on and “we’re gonna shake it vigorously until we get it all to be foam.”

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The foamy milk is heated in the microwave for 30 seconds, “so we can preserve the foam,” and so it can then be added to the espresso. In the video, De Laurentiis slowly and carefully poured the milk in to her mug of espresso (“because cappuccino is two parts milk, one part espresso so you gotta double the milk for what you have coffee-wise”). Lastly, the foam, now at the bottom of the mason jar, was spooned by the cooking show host into the mug.

Happy with the results, she said, “This hack totally works! A cappuccino without any special machine or special frills. Just basic mason jar milk…and help from a microwave.”

How the restaurateur chose the right coffee for her eatery

For her Las Vegas restaurant Pronto by Giada, the chef explained that “good coffee is so important to me. When selecting the coffee for Pronto, we went through weeks of tasting sessions before finally landing on the perfect blend from Counter Culture coffee. It’s bold, slightly acidic and delicious. I’ve been trying lots of different organic coffee brands, with a few of my favs being Java Planet and Groundworks’ ‘Bitches Brew’.

It’s official, coffee is life!

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