Make at Home Pumpkin Spiced Latte
A couple of weeks ago I proclaimed on Twitter that I had made the best coffee of my life. Now I know that might sound like something of a wild statement, but I assure you after a couple of weeks of enjoying this fantastic coffee recipe I can honestly, hand-on-heart say that this isn’t a crazy caffeine induced exaggeration!
The craze amongst us hot bevvy loving folks for seasonal beverages seems to get bigger each year, so I am over the moon to be able to share with you this delicious how to for making Pumpkin Spiced Latte at home (please send my apologies to your local barista, I get the feeling you wont be seeing them quite so frequently with this little recipe under your belt!)
As the name suggests, this recipe is a simple one – pumpkin and spices delivered to your coffee in a delicious syrup. Now, I know a lot of folks Stateside can get their hands on a wonderful ready blended Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix, but what if (like us Brits) you can’t get your hands on this warming blend? You make it yourself, that’s what!
Grab your supplies…
Pumpkin Pie Spice (can’t get hold of a pre-blended mix? No problem, grab nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, all spice)
A darling friend from the US0fA KimiLove shared with me her mix of spices that makes up this intoxicating bend of autumnal goodness.(Not only is Kimi a total doll, she is also the creative talent behind one of my all-time favourite Etsy stores BumbleNBirch – you really should check it out, you’ll find some amazing and unique art prints that make perfect Christmas/Birthday/Anniversary or ‘Just Because’ gifts!)
To mix up your very own warming blend of spices to recreate pumpkin pie spice, simple mix together a one part ground ginger, one part ground cinnamon, one part ground nutmeg and half a part of all spice (that’s all spice folks, not mixed spice – they are a little different, I promise!), and mix together until fully blended.
The pumpkin I used in this recipe is a pre-packed puree which again isn’t on the shelves in most UK grocery shops, so check out your favourite deli or search online. If you have the time, use fresh pumpkin, removing the flesh and mashing into a smooth pulp.
The pumpkin and the spices are combined in a simple sugar syrup made by boiling together sugar and water, once the all of the granules of sugar have completely disappeared leaving a clear liquid, it’s time to stir in the flavourings. Be super careful when heating and testing the syrup mix, as it will be extremely hot and I don’t want you getting any nasty burns.
Using a ratio of one part pumpkin puree to two parts spice mix add in the flavourings and stir through to blend the flavours through the syrup. Remove from the heat and continue stirring until it is fully combined. The flavoured syrup will take on a glorious rich caramel colour and your entire home will smell good enough to eat!
Allow to fully cool before decanting and adding to your coffee. Create your own latte by bringing a large cup of milk to near boiling point and whisking to create a light and airy foam. To your favourite fresh brewed espresso (or double espresso, if you’re anything like me!) add a generous splash of the Pumpkin Spice Syrup and mix fully. Top up with the steaming hot milk, adding a dollop of foam for a light frothy crown and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
Store your syrup in a sealed bottle or jar in the fridge and consume within a week (if you can make it last that long!)
This simple recipe can easily be scaled up to make larger batches which makes it a great gift for fellow coffee lover.
Why not decant into miniature bottles, top with a cork and add a twine bow for the perfect Christmas gift? These beautiful little vintage style milk bottles £9.95 from DotComGiftShop are just the right size for gifting, and they come in an adorable white crate perfect for toting along to a Christmas party – or why not make up a selection of different flavoured coffee syrups and really spoil someone special!
Now, if you’ll excuse me I’ll be supping yet another mug of this scrummy autumnal favourite and dreaming up other coffee syrup recipes – do you have a favourite flavour – I’d love to know your all-time best coffee creation!