I have never been a big coffee drinker, but once I was introduced to the Pumpkin Spice Latte, I was in love! Yes, I did read about how there is actually no real pumpkin in the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte but it is so delicious that I couldn’t help but treat myself.
Come February and all of a sudden when I have a craving for it, it is no where to be found, at least not until Fall. And honestly, I really can’t wait that long. So I took the plunge and tried making my own. Had a couple of misses that were pretty bad, but then I finally did. I made my own pumpkin spice latte, with real pumpkin puree, at home and it turned out delicious!
It’s so good that I have to stop myself from making it everyday. Now that it’s perfected, it’s ready to share with you. It may seem a bit daunting to tackle, but once you make it a couple of times, it becomes second nature.
So now it’s time for you to try your hand at a Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Ingredients (makes two big cups)
– 2 tbsp pumpin puree
– 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (you can also make your own)
– sprinkle of fresh ground pepper
– 2 tbsp of sugar (I like it sweet so sometimes I use 3 tbsp)
– 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
– 2 cups of milk
– 1/2 cup of boiling water
– 1 tbsp of instant coffee
– whipping cream (optional)
1. Add 1 tbsp off instant coffee to the boiling water. Mix, split into two cups, cover and set aside. (You can also use 1/4 cup of espresso)
2. Put the pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice and ground pepper in a small pot. Put it on low heat and stir it well for a couple of minutes.
3. Add the sugar and stir for another couple of minutes. It’ll become a bit more syrupy.
4. Stir in the milk and vanilla extract. Whisk over the heat until everything is well combined. Let the milk bubble and then take it off the stove. (Don’t let it boil.)
5. Next you will want to froth the milk and pumpkin mixture. This will work with any kind of frother. Here are some of my favourites.
6. Spit the milk froth between the two cups of coffee. Stir.
7. Add the whipping cream and sprinkle pumpkin spice on top.
Yes it’s a labour of love but the end result is delicious and totally worth it. Enjoy!