Thursday, May 17, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Latte

To continue my week of pumpkin, I would like to tell you a story of how I love this drink. We all (if you have lived in the US of course) know that fall and winter time is accompanied by this divine (albeit overly sweet) drink at Starbucks. This would often be the drink I would order when I was living there, and the drink I ordered most times when I went back and visited over Christmas. It is an all time favorite of mine, but sadly, in New Zealand, they have never heard of such a drink. Not only that, but it IS Autumn here, which just makes me crave it even more!

I was perusing food blogs recently, as I often do, when I came across a recipe for a homemade version of the sweet drink! I knew right away that I had to make it soon! Now I know that the majority of the readers will be saying, "it might be fall for you, but it is pretty darn hot out here! Why would I want to make and drink that right now???" Well I am here to tell you, that Pumpkin Spice Lattes no longer need to be a drink for fall! I am telling you, this is an amazing substitute for your morning coffee, and when you are wishing that Starbucks would get it in their minds to have this drink around all year long; you can now make this simple drink at home!

I also must admit that I might even like this version better than Starbucks'. Although, I will most definitely be ordering this drink from them next fall (as we will be back in the States by then - more on that another time), I like that this version has less sugar. It really brings out the coffee and pumpkin flavor, which is what it is all about right?

I doubled this recipe when I was making it, so if the quantities seem more than I am saying, well, it is. I had to share the goodness with my husband after all. So to make the drink, you want to start out by brewing a strong pot of coffee. You only need 1/3 cup for one person, but make as much as you wish. Just make it a strong brew. While that is brewing, start heating the milk on the stove top over medium heat. Let sit on the heat for about 5 minutes, and then add the pumpkin, and stir together. I used homemade pumpkin puree, but you can use canned too. For instructions on how to make homemade pumpkin puree, check out this post.

Add a heaping tablespoon of sugar and stir (or whisk) in.

Finish this mixture off by adding a good sized pinch of pumpkin pie spice, store bought or homemade. Let this mixture heat slightly more, to your desired temperature, but don't let it come to a boil.

In your coffee mug, add 1/3 cup of your brewed coffee to the bottom, then add about 3/4 cup of the pumpkin mixture on top. Stir together and top with whipped cream and a sprinkling of nutmeg to bring out the beautiful flavors within. Now I made this in a smaller coffee mug (I need bigger mugs), so you may need to adjust the amounts in a larger mug. But if I can give a tip, start with adding more coffee. You don't want to skimp on the coffee part.

I made my own whipped cream, by mixing some cream or heavy whipping cream, and whipping the heck out of it, and some powdered or icing sugar. You can also used canned whipped cream for the ease, but again, I am sort of partial to the homemade version. It makes the top of the PSL creamy and just divine!

Pumpkin Spice Latte | Printable Recipe
makes 1 coffee cup

-1/3 cup strong brewed coffee
-1 cup milk
-1/4 cup homemade or canned pumpkin puree
-1 heaping Tbsp granulated sugar
-large pinch of pumpkin pie spice, homemade or store bought
-canned or homemade whipped cream, to top latte
-pinch of nutmeg to sprinkle

for the whipped cream
-1/4 cup heavy whipping cream, or cream
-1-2 Tbsp powdered/icing sugar (to taste)

To make the whipped cream, whip the cream using a hand mixer, until it holds stiff peaks, then add the powdered/icing sugar using the hand mixer until combined. Set aside.

Brew a strong pot of coffee. While it is brewing, heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat. After about five minutes, add the pumpkin, sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk or stir together, and let this mixture reach your desired heat, but remove before coming to a boil.

Add 1/3 cup coffee to the bottom of the coffee mug, and add about 3/4 cup of the pumpkin mixture. For a larger mug, add more coffee first, then more pumpkin. Don't skimp on the coffee. (Coffee to pumpkin mixture should be a little over 1/4 of the mug, pumpkin mixture 3/4 of the mug.) Top your mug off with whipped cream and a pinch of nutmeg. Enjoy while warm.

Adapted from A Taste of Madness

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  1. That was a fun post baby!! I loved it! And you are making me love all this homemade stuff, I can't go bak to store bought now ;). Awesome post honey! That latte is mouthwatering delicious :)

  2. Yum, yum, Yummy! :) This is amazing. Your pictures are amazing and mouthwatering. Ready to make these together!

  3. Now look what you've done, this post made me go out and buy a pumpkin :p

  4. I am watching my diet - would it be OK without the whipped cream on top?

  5. How do you make the homemade version of the pumpkin pie spice? (I'm just moved to New Zealand from the states so I have to make this concoction totally homemade haha)

    1. Oh my goodness I know what boat you are in haha! My hubs and I moved to NZ from the USA a few years ago (we are back in the USA now) so I completely understand how you feel haha! I made this recipe while in nz actually :) anyway, here is a great recipe for pumpkin pie spice:

      Good luck with the psl and I hope you enjoy New Zealand!!! :D


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