My Simple Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte!
(Better than Starbucks - I promise!)
Autumn. The leaves on tree-lined streets turn vibrant pops of reds, yellows & oranges. High boots and long sweaters come out of hiding as the lazy days of summer seem far behind. Whether we realize it or not - we somehow gear up to that 'back to school feeling' getting better organized & focused with the turn of the season. The air smells of a crisp beginning.
Nothing however, reminds me of my favourite season more than the scrumptious taste of a great Pumpkin Spice Latte. I will admit - when I am on the run and need my 'fix' I'll resort to the over priced Starbucks PSL. But when I do have the time - oh how worth it, it is!
Pumpkin Spice Latte:
This recipe yields one delicous cup - adjust accordingly.
1 cup of milk or almond milk divided into 2 equal parts.
1/4 cup of brewed espresso or strong coffee
1 teaspoon of brown sugar (add more or less to taste)
1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice (if you don't have this substitute 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg)
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
In a small saucepan heat together 1/2 cup of milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, sugar and vanilla extract over low heat. Whisk as it heats on and off for about 5 minutes.
Add in espresso or strong coffee and whisk together over low heat for another minute. Pour into mug using a fine-mesh sieve to remove pulp.
In the same saucepan add remainder of milk. Using an immersion blender, frother or whisk & blend warm milk until desired frothiness.
Add frothy milk on top of mixture.
Grate whole nutmeg for garnish.
Oh & Enjoy!