Thursday, October 29, 2009

knock-off pumpkin spice latte

see, i put up with a lot. i've got every other tom, chris and jason telling me about the wonders of their pumpkin spice coffee. singing its praises for all of its restive benefits. and here i sit in 90 degree heat at 7:30 in the morning with no pumpkin spice coffee for hundreds of miles. my friend an hour away isn't even running her coffee shop regular hours and thus it really is hundreds of miles. then dear Owlhaven links to this lovely lady's site. Now, mind you I don't have a can of pumpkin. But my morning plans now involve going to the store to buy a pumpkin, roasting said pumpkin and then storing the pumpkin puree so as to have homemade "canned" pumpkin. but i have a sneaking suspicion that it is going to be SO worth it!

Just Like Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte
Makes 1-2 servings

2 cups milk
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute – adjust to taste
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee (or 1/4 cup of espresso if you have an espresso machine)

Directions:In a saucepan stir together milk, pumpkin and sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until steaming. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and pumpkin pie spice, transfer to a blender and process for 15 seconds or until foamy. I don’t usually bother with the blender and just whip the mixture really well with a wire whisk.
Pour into a large mug or two mugs if you decide to share. Add the coffee or espresso on top.
Optional: (But don’t even think about skipping this step. I mean it). Top with whipped cream and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or cinnamon on top.
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