Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Make-at-Home Pumpkin Spice Lattes

We love fall. The sweaters, the scarves, the leaves - it's a lovely season. What we don't love about fall though is those cold, dreary days that, in Bowling Green, are often accompanied by rain. But we have the perfect cure for those days that make you want to stay in bed - pumpkin spice lattes. It's one of our favorites at Starbucks, so we thought we would research ways to make it ourselves, Stovetop Baristas style.

We found a recipe online, which you can also find here. It was really simple to use and what's better, the extra ingredients we didn't have on hand (pumpkin pie filling, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract and whipped cream) only ran us about $10. Plus, if you don't want to spend the money on pumpkin pie spice you can substitute with cinnamon.

The first thing you're gonna want to do is brew some extra-strong coffee - that will be your substitute for the espresso. Make a couple cups.

So while that coffee is brewing, grab a saucepan out of the cupboard and let's get started. First, combine 2 cups of milk, 2 tablespoons of pumpkin pie filling and 2 tablespoons of sugar in the saucepan and put it on medium heat. Stir the mixture until it starts steaming.

When the mixture begins to steam, remove it from the heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon). Once you put the extract and spices in, transfer the mixture to a blender and process for about 15 seconds, or until foamy (we went a bit longer than the 15 seconds). No blender? No problem! A wire whisk will do the same job.

All right, now you just have to pour that pumpkin mixture into your mugs. The recipe said it makes one to two servings - we filled three mugs. Once the pumpkin mixture is in the mugs, add the coffee!

Now it's just time to end with a flourish - put some whipped cream on top, then sprinkle with a dash of pumpkin pie spice!

See how easy that was! And, better than Starbucks? Yeah, we think so.

--Becky and Alissa
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