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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Home-Made Pumpkin Spice Latte/ Hot Chocolate

Pumpkin Spice Latte
Every fall a certain coffee shop chain comes up with the awesome pumpkin spice latte and I marvel at how expensive it is! I absolutely love it and I want to have it all the time, so I decided to make my own, which is loads cheaper, I know exactly what goes into it and is quite easy to make. I like making a big batch of the pumpkin spice milk enough for around 5 servings and I keep it in the fridge, so I can just warm it up and add it to my coffee when needed. It keeps for quite long, almost for a week, depending on what type of milk you use. If you don’t like coffee, you could turn it into a pumpkin spice hot chocolate by adding Nutella, or some ground chocolate (white, milk and dark work great) instead of the coffee. Just don’t forget to adjust the amount of sugar you put as chocolate already has quite some sugar in it.

If you want to go in for the kill, you can make it into a mocha if you have both chocolate and coffee. Conversely, if you can’t find pumpkin/ pumpkin puree, skip it and you have yourself gingerbread latte.
Anyway, enjoy it with some home-made cookies! J

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Home-made pumpkin spice latte/ hot chocolate recipe
(makes 5)

4 cups milk + some for frothing (optional) – I used 3.5% but you could use any kind, including soy, rice, etc.
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. dried ginger
¼ tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. powdered cloves
1 tsp. vanilla extract/ a couple of drops vanilla flavouring
8 tbsp. pumpkin puree (or butternut squash) - check out how to make it here.
5 shots of coffee or 5 tbsp. Nutella (if you are an instant coffee fan, you can use that instead)
Sugar to taste
Whipped cream (optional)

1. Pour the milk, spices, sugar, pumpkin puree and nutella (if you’re going for a hot chocolate version) in a pot and bring almost to a boil over medium high heat, while stirring constantly.

2. Sieve if you want the latte to be super smooth.

3. Pour a shot of hot coffee (if gone for the actual latte version) and then pour some of the pumpkin spice milk, leaving a little space for the topping, if you’d like some.

4. Make the topping of your choice. I have 3 offers. Either froth some of the pumpkin spice milk, normal milk, or top with some whipped cream. If you decide for the pumpkin spice milk, it will be orange-brown. If you have a milk frother, you can froth your drink up straight in the cup you are serving it. If you are going for the milk version, froth it up in a separate cup and spoon the froth on top. If you don’t have a frother, you can use a stick blender; just have the liquid that’s being frothed up be the same temperature as the other parts of the drink (almost boiling). Also, you could top your pumpkin spice drink with some marshmallows, smarties or powdered cinnamon.

5. Serve with some cookies! 
Would you make these lovely cookies at home?