Pumpkin Spice Lattes have defined the advent of the autumn season for years now, with Starbucks leading the parade.
And while I love my morning Starbucks, especially on brisk mornings with richly colored leaves falling softly to the ground — it’s fun to bring the party home and brew the beloved latte at home as well. Usually my second… or third. It keeps the creative juices flowing, or so I tell my family.
This weekend, I was in my local market shopping for everyday items… and canned pumpkin.
I was surprised to find the shelf empty. I went to another local market with the same result. And yet a third… and a fourth. By the time I landed at the fifth store, I found 1 can left — the 30-ounce can. Of course I quickly loaded it in my cart. While in the isle I saw three other shoppers also with the intent of finding canned pumpkin. They had theirs, I was the last. Relieved, they joked with each other about their morning pumpkin spice lattes.
So, if you can find pumpkin in your market — and you’re a Pumpkin Spice Latte fan — try this! The Homemade Pumpkin Spice Pie Blend is a particular favorite, very similar to the pumpkin pie recipe we love in the fall.
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons pure pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more for sprinkling
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup hot espresso or strong brewed coffee
Sweetened whipped cream, for serving
Combine the milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla in a medium microwave safe glass measure, partially cover the top of the measure with plate to vent as it steams. Microwave until the milk is hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk vigorously until the milk mixture is foamy, about 30 seconds.
Pour the espresso or coffee into a large mug and add the foamed milk. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of homemade pumpkin spice pie blend.
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
3 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Mix together and keep in a spice container with shaker top.
Pumpkin Spice Lattes become even easier with an espresso machine. I have an inexpensive Mr. Coffee Cafe Latte machine where you brew the espresso/coffee in the top and froth the milk, pumpkin, spice blend and vanilla in the glass carafe at the same time.