Pumpkin Pie Spice Syrup – A quicker way to make your pumpkin spice latte



Ok, I have to apologize for posting so many coffee related recipes. I keep getting requests for different things and I just can’t say “no.” It really has nothing to do with feeling obligated, it has to do with loving the challenges that are presented to me. Who doesn’t love a good challenge?

Last night I decided to make Pumpkin Pie Spice Syrup. When I posted my Pumpkin Pie Spice latte receipe last weekend, it generated a lot of interest. But, after doing some research, I realized that Starbucks does not follow the same recipe that I posted. While it tastes the same, it is far too time intensive for them to do all of those steps. What I discovered was that they use a special pumpkin pie spice syrup. I guess I should have figured that out, but I never gave it much thought.

The syrup not only makes sense for Starbucks to use, but it makes sense for me to use it too. With how easy it was to prepare, I thought I would give it a try. I threw all of the ingredients together and had fresh, yummy syrup within 10 minutes.

I made myself a pumpkin spice latte this morning using my syrup, and it was very good. It was quite a bit easier than having to follow the other recipe and it tastes the same. The best thing about the syrup is that you can use it for all different kinds of coffees and teas. This would also make a good gift for someone, although it does have to be refrigerated.

It’s supposed to get cold this weekend, so enjoy your pumpkin pie spice drinks and stay warm.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Syrup
Recipe adapted from: Pennies on a Platter
Yield: About 1 1/4 cups syrup

Ingredients:

3/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks (or ground cinnamon)
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1-1/2 tablespoons pumpkin puree

Directions:

Pour the water and sugar into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, whisking until fully disolved. Whisk in the remaining ingredients and turn the heat to low (do not simmer or boil) whisking frequently.

Using a coffee filter or paper towels, strain the mixture into a bowl or jar. A fine, mesh strainer does not strain out all of the little flecks of spices, so I used both a paper towel and strainer. Place a lid of the syrup and store in the refrigerator.

To make a hot pumpkin spice latte:

Stir together 1 1/2 tablespoons of syrup to each shot of espresso. Add frothed milk and stir to combine.

To make an iced pumpkin spice latte:

Stir together 1 1/2 tablespoons of syrup for each shot of espresso, then add desired amount of cold milk. Serve over ice cubes.

To make a pumpkin spice iced coffee:

Stir together 1/2 cup of milk to 1/2 cup toddy (iced coffee), then mix in 1/4 cup syrup. Serve over ice.

To make a pumpkin spice blended coffee:

Stir together 1/2 cup of milk to 1/2 cup toddy (iced coffee), then mix in 1/4 cup syrup. Pour into a blender, add 2 cups ice and mix until well blended. Optional: Add a teaspoon of white chocolate powder when blending.

Other options: Add a splash to hot coffee, hot chocolate, smoothie, etc.

Starbucks Copycat Pumpkin Spice Latte – Save yourself some money and make these at home



On Sunday morning I made a huge mistake. In fact, it was a very costly mistake…I tried a Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice latte for the first time. I had heard people talking about just how good these are, but I had never tried one. I have no idea why I hadn’t, but now I’m wishing I had continued living without them. After taking the first drink of my $5, venti, non-fat, no whip Pumpkin Spice latte I was HOOKED! I drank it quickly and began dreaming of my next one. I even found myself thinking of ways to get out of the house so I could go and get another one. I may need to be committed to a treatment facility…this just isn’t natural. Anyway, I remembered seeing a copycat recipe on FoodGawker.com, so I decided to look them up. Apparently, I’m not the only one with this addiction. The recipes are everywhere! They are all very similar, so I decided on this one. I had all of the ingredients on hand, so I made it right away. It was just as good as I expected it to be. I had already spent all day in my kitchen; why not spend another 10 minutes making something that was just for ME?! It did require me to pull out my broken blender, which causes a huge mess, but it’s worth it. I think I’m going to get one of those “stick” blenders for when I make this the next time. It would be much easier.



Save yourself the $5 and make this recipe. You will love it!



Starbuck’s Copycat Pumpkin Spice Latte
Adapted from Original Recipe: The Family Kitchen

Ingredients:

2 cups half and half, whole milk, reduced fat, skim milk, or 1 cup heavy cream + 1 cup skim
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
1 – 2 tablespoons sugar, stevia or splenda
2 tablespoons vanilla extract, yes tablespoons
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (1/8 tsp. each of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger and a dash of allspice)
1-4 shots espresso or very strong coffee (double the amount of grounds used per cup to get strong coffee)

Directions:

Brew your espresso or strong coffee. If brewing strong coffee, use double the amount of grounds you would in your regular coffee.

Combine half and half or milk, pumpkin, sugar, and pumpkin pie spices in a small saucepan.
Heat until very hot, but do not boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Transfer to a blender or a milk frother and blend until frothy.

Pour 1 cup warm pumpkin milk mixture into coffee mug and add 1-4 coffee shots. Dust with more pumpkin pie spice if desired.

Makes about 1 – 2 servings.

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