Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pumpkin Spiced Latte - Autumn in a Coffee Cup

For the first day of October, I am proposing you a delightful recipe that brings fall in a coffee cup: pumpkin spiced latte

For the first day of October, I am proposing you a delightful recipe that brings fall in a coffee cup: pumpkin spiced latte. Prepared from organic pumpkin purée and traditional fall spices such as cinnamon, cloves, star anise, ginger and a pinch of nutmeg, this delicious, flavorful coffee will warm your mornings.

For the first day of October, I am proposing you a delightful recipe that brings fall in a coffee cup: pumpkin spiced latte

I first discovered pumpkin spiced latte last autumn, upon my arrival to US. At the beginning, I was quite unsure about the idea of adding pumpkin in coffee but after I tasted it, I realized how perfect it is for this time of year. All the warm spices combined with espresso, steamed milk and topped with whipped cream create a wonderful, authentic fall drink. So, I decided to prepare something similar, at home, using organic and natural ingredients and spices.

For the first day of October, I am proposing you a delightful recipe that brings fall in a coffee cup: pumpkin spiced latte

This pumpkin spiced latte recipe is very easy to prepare especially if you have the pumpkin spiced syrup ready in advance. The syrup it's very simple and effortless to prepare and the best part about it is that it can be kept in the refrigerator for weeks. It has a rich and creamy texture and the smell that fills your kitchen as it simmers is just amazing. Add it to freshly brewed coffee, mix it and sip!

For the first day of October, I am proposing you a delightful recipe that brings fall in a coffee cup: pumpkin spiced latte

Yield: 2 cups pumpkin spiced syrup                      Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 4 cups pumpkin spiced latte

Ingredients for the pumpkin spiced syrup:
  • 400 g (1 and 1/2 cups) organic, pumpkin purée
  • 240 ml (1 cup) water
  • 200 g (1 cup) granulated white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 star anise
Ingredients for latte:
  • 500 ml (2 cups) strong brewed coffee
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) milk
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) half and half
  • 4 tablespoons pumpkin spiced syrup
Directions:
  1. For the pumpkin spiced syrup preparation, in a medium saucepan, mix all the ingredients and bring it to a boil. Let the syrup simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, on medium-low heat.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool at room temperature. 
  3. For the pumpkin spiced latte preparation, in a small saucepan, heat the coffee and pumpkin syrup. Set aside.
  4. In a separate small saucepan, heat the half and half and milk. Divide the mixture into 4 coffee mugs and using a froth maker, create a milk froth on all the cups. If you don't have one, you can use a blender or small whisk.
  5. Pour the pumpkin spiced coffee on each of the cups and, if desired, top it with whipped cream.
  6. Dust with cinnamon and serve.
Enjoy!

Tips and Tricks:
  • Store the pumpkin spiced syrup in an airtight jar, in the refrigerator.

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