Monday, October 26, 2009

Pumpkin Spice Latte

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There it is. Isn’t it gorgeous? Sigh. Oh, how I love thee Pumpkin Spice Latte. Warm and yummy. Definitely pumpkin-y, But not too pumpkin-ish. Cinnamon. Whipped cream. What’s not to love? Even my kids do (and they despise coffee).
One teensy problem- I only go to Starbucks when I happen to have a gift card to “spend.” Which is seldom in the fall. And that happens to be the only time Starbucks offers the delicacy known as pumpkin spice latte.
It soon became apparent that the only way some pumpkin spice would cross my palate would be if I made it myself. After searching for a recipe that closely resembles it and combining several, this is what I came up with.
Just Like Starbucks Pumpkin Spice LatteMakes 1-2 servings
Ingredients:
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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mmmmm. Can you smell that? Because I can and I need another one.
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38 comments:

  1. I've never had one of these before. Sounds interesting!

    My Sweet Thursday Dessert Carnival is this Thursday. You can submit your Halloween/Fall dessert to simplysweethome@hotmail.com.

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  2. Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely try it. I love pumpkin anything.

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  3. ooooohhhhh, i am so trying this RIGHT NOW!!! bye ;)

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  4. Oh my heavens that looks delicious! We had a starbucks come to town only to close a few months later :( But this I must make at home! Yum!

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  5. Oh, yeah! I have to make this one. Too expensive to keep getting them at Starbucks. Thanks for posting the recipe!

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  6. What a GREAT!!! hot drink on a cold morning.
    Geri

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  7. You are AWESOME!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the GREAT secret!! Who needs that Starbucks when we have you. Thanks again!

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  8. i made this and it was amazing!! :) thnx for a great recipe!!! :)

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  9. I've been craving one of these. Now I don't have to dish out $5, I can make it at home. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Yummy! I just had one of these last week in NYC for the first time ever.
    I linked to you!

    Mary

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  11. This looks fanTAStic. However, if you're short on time, I discovered the Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Latte this past weekend, and at 99 cents for a small cup, it is the perfect autumn indulgence.

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  12. Oh, YUM! Found my way over here from Owlhaven, and I am sooooo glad I did!

    Thanks!

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  13. Oh my gosh! I've got to go link this up for BooMama!
    She's just had her first taste yesterday of PSL from Starbucks!

    She's gonna lurve this recipe!

    I am too. Thanks!

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  14. Thank you. I just posted your link to my blog. I LOVE this drink and this really does taste the same. Thanks!

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  15. Very good! I didn't have vanilla, but it still turned out quite tasty! This is one of my favorites, as well. Now, I can have it all year long. Thanks for the recipe!

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  16. SO Good!! I linked you on blog! Thanks that was great!

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  17. I loved these back in college when starbucks was on my meal plan. I practically lived off of these in the fall. I wish I had a stove to try this on. I miss the starbucks on my meal plan. So sad.

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  18. Dude I think you just outted Santa Clause of Starbucks Fall...

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  19. for this recipe alone, i'm following you blog!

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  20. I'm not sure how I ended up here...but I'm thrilled that I did! I'm trying this RIGHT now! Thanks for being so creative!! ;-)

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  21. OH, SO GOOD! thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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  22. Yummy!
    I am sharing this recipe with all of my friends. This is my favorite time of year. Pumpkin is my divine. It makes you feel better in every way. I featured you at: http://southernbelleshoppes.ning.com/group/october-harvest-time
    Stop by and say hello...
    Jackie

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  23. It's chilly out and this is sounding delicious right now!

    Mary @ Piccola.
    http://piccolajellyfish.blogspot.com

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  24. Thanks for posting - I love the pumpkin spice latte, but I live in Switzerland and the Starbucks don't have them here.

    Hmm... do you happen to have a recipe for the peppermint mocha latte? My absolute favorite, but you guessed it - not in Switzerland!

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  25. Made this this morning and it was great! I used soymilk though because that's what we have around here and I really want to try it again with regular milk because I think I'd like it better (soymilk doesn't froth like regular milk!). Thanks for posting! Yum!

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  26. JUST found this via Pinterest and I'm so happy! Enjoying my cup (sans whipped cream...gasp...I'm lazy) right now!

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  27. Hi Brittany - Yay! So happy you found it and are already enjoying a cup!! :)

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  28. This sounds so great
    I also have found a " dark chocolate mocha frappucinno drink in the bottle. Would you happen to have a recipe for that?

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  29. Mission Valley Nana -- Sorry, I don't have a recipe for mocha fappucino :( Hopefully you can find one on pinterest!

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  30. I just whipped one of these up and it is SO good!! I love the flavors of fall, and this really hit the spot. Shhh, don't tell, but I didn't have any whip cream... I know, you're not supposed to leave it out, but I simply couldn't get away to the store I bet it'll be even better when I make it next time. :-)

    Chellie

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  31. Oh, this looks so good - thank you for sharing!!

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  32. Can't wait to try this. But I'd also like to make it like a "frappe"; do you think I can just blend it with some ice?

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  33. SoShawna - I haven't tried making a frappe, but it seems like that would work. Maybe you could try with a 1/2 recipe. Let us know if it works for you! :)

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  34. Ok I just threw this all in my vita-mix, threw in a bunch of ice, and voila. Incredible pumpkin spice frappe! Ummm whoa it's so good! I used sugar substitute and sorry, didn't really measure the ice. At the end my blender was full so I have extra in the freezer now, for tomorrow. Score!

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  35. I love the flavors in the PSL but I'm not a fan of the "silt" left at the bottom of my mug. I've started straining the milk mixture through a coffee filter and that helps. The flavor is still there but the pumpkin debris that grits up my teeth at the end of the drink is gone.

    Thanks so much!

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