Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Latte!

I found this recipe on Pinterest. (How many times have I said that lately!) Here's the lovely website where you may find the recipe, although I'll put the recipe below and show how I altered it slightly. Julia is slaving away on drawing a large map of the Mediterranean region so she can chart Odysseus's travels. She needed a treat.
I started by making some nice strong coffee. I'm not really a coffee-drinker, but I ground the beans ...
And used our nifty Starbucks French press for some nice strong stuff.
I assembled my ingredients ...
And started the milky mix. It smells yummy.
I also made my own whipped cream. I just don't buy that canned stuff that college boys squirt into their mouths.
The finished cuppa pumpkin spice latte -- delish! Julia and I both say this is a keeper, and it will grace our mornings for the fall and winter.
2 cups milk (I used whole.)
4 tablespoons pure pumpkin (I was generous with this. I like pumpkin.)
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (I thought 2 tablespoons sounded excessive.)
pumpkin pie spice (I don't own this product. I keep 'pumpkin pie spices' -- plural. So I used cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. I used 1/4 tsp of cinnamon and nutmeg, a little less of allspice, and a very tiny amount of clove and ginger, since they are strong. This was a good combination.)
whipped cream (I made my own with liquid whipping cream and a tsp. of sugar. Whip to a stiff peak.)
1/2 cup of strong coffee

Blend the first five ingredients in a saucepan on medium-high heat and keep stirring well with a whisk until the mixture is steaming but not yet boiling. Do not let it boil. Remove from heat and whisk quickly for a minute to get a little froth. Pour evenly into two large mugs. Pour 1/4 cup hot strong coffee into each mug gently. Add whipped cream to the top. Homemade cream will melt a bit, but it tastes so much better. Sprinkle your choice of spices on top; I used a teeny bit of cinnamon and allspice. Allspice is my new favorite spice.


  1. This looks absolutely gorgeous! I shall definitely try it!
    Thanks for sharing. I can almost smell the fragrant spices from h
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  2. Every year I think this looks and sounds so good. And every year I try it. And every year I think, "Blech." This year included. I just don't like the taste or texture of pumpkin in my coffee. Maybe next year I'll learn to avoid the slick marketing of all things autumn in a pretty mug and break the cycle. Maybe.

  3. I see/hear much talk about the PSLatte but I have never had one. Just think of all the money you will save...and possibly calories, too. I bet it is healthier than store bought.

    So you word verification has a green blob on the picture portion where there is usually a number. I always feel like these things are IQ tests. I have no idea how to translate a green booger blob into something representational on my keyboard. Just thought I'd share 'cause I think it is kinda funny.

  4. Oh, I do apologize for the IQ quiz!! I hate those. I've tried switching to approving each comment, but that's tiresome. I wish they'd come up with a better idea. Julia wants one of these lattes every day, I think. Not hardly! As Mags says, it's a lot of effort!

    Carolyn, you're so funny :) I love the pumpkin taste, but I couldn't really detect the texture at all. I just used canned pumpkin, nothing stringy. And now I have leftover pumpkin, so I can make some of your pumpkin bread -- YUMMMM.

  5. Sounds so delicious, especially with all the raw ingredients! Thank you for sharing!

  6. I may have comments appear twice, since I've now typed it in three times! This sounds delicious, and I especially appreciate all the raw ingredients, down to the French press and fresh-ground beans! I hope to try it soon on a cold fall day. Thanks for sharing!


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