Thursday, May 17, 2012
Pumpkin Spice Latte
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?
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.
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