Sunday, September 20, 2009
30 Days of Happiness: Pumpkin Spice Lattes
(Day 26) It is starting to look like fall, the leaves are changing, the soybeans are yellowing, the grass is browning and the kids wore their sneakers to the park. I'm sure I've said this before, but this season leaves me nesting, cleaning, cooking, canning, knitting...
And drinking dreamy warm drinks.
I do like me a good Starbucks once in a while, but after a conversation about coffee shops this evening, I was craving a pumpkin spice latte. Starbucks is 45 minutes away, and I don't have a tank of gas and three bucks to blow. I thought I'd make one.
Lattes are in four parts--you know, syrup, espresso, steamed milk, and foam.
I had three of the four, I needed some syrup. I used my basic vanilla syrup recipe, then I made used a quick infusion method for the pumpkin spice syrup.
3/4 cup Sugar
3/4 cup Water
1 tbsp vanilla
Bring to a boil until sugar dissolves. Add 1 tbsp vanilla.
Pumpkin Spice Syrup
1 Batch Vanilla Syrup
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp of ground or some whole cloves
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 of pumpkin pie spice (redundant maybe, but I think it adds something)
Dash of allspice
Boil together for 5 minutes. Line a funnel or strainer with a coffee filter. Store out of direct sunlight in a glass jar, or in the fridge.
Use about 2 tbls of syrup (more or less to personal taste). And this is good in just coffee with a little milk too. You can use it as your sweetener. If you want it more Starbucks-y tasting, I'd use more, top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
I'm thinking this would be a good substitute in for sugar in our Microwave Hot Chocolate Recipe. Though I haven't tried it yet.
I'm going to take my latte and go get some knitting accomplished. After all-- my dears, this is fall.
*I've edited the recipe for stronger tasting syrup.