I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Latte

So easy to make and much cheaper than Starbucks.  If you really like the pumpkin flavoring, pour in the full 2 ounces of syrup.  You can make the coffee as strong as you like it, or just use a couple shots of expresso.  I do not like coffee, but everyone I made it for seemed to love it.   I'm thinking this is about 50 cents to make (if you already have the spices).


Pumpkin Syrup Ingredients:
*1 1/2 cups water
*1 1/2 cups sugar, sifted
*4 cinnamon sticks
*1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
*1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
*1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
*3 tablespoons pumpkin puree

Directions for Pumpkin Syrup:
~Sift sugar 4 or 5 times.
~In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine the water & sugar.
~Cook until the sugar dissolves, stirring often.
~Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
~Simmer for 10 minutes (Do Not Boil).
~Remove from heat.
~Put a small mesh strainer over a small/medium bowl.
~Place a piece of cheesecloth in the strainer.
~Pour pumpkin syrup into the mesh and let it drain into the bowl (let it drain on it's own, without pushing it through).
~Allow syrup to cool, and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Ingredients to make the latte:
*1/2 -1 cup very strong brewed coffee
*1 cup milk (whole is best, but 2% is better for you)
*1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
*1-2 ounces pumpkin syrup
*dash of pumpkin pie spice
*whip cream (I use homemade)

Directions for making the latte (per cup):
~Brew 1 cup of very strong coffee.
~In a small saucepan, mix milk, 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice & pumpkin syrup.
~Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is hot but not scalding.
~Pour hot mixture into blender.
~Mix at highest setting for 30 seconds, until frothy.
~Pour hot mixture into coffee cup.
~Pour in coffee.
~Top with whip cream.
~Sprinkle a dash of pumpkin pie spice & enjoy.

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