This season Lattes seem to be all the rage! They come in many different flavors; the one that sparked my attention the most was the pumpkin latte I was seeing advertised in many places. So of course instead of paying a small fortune for one of these things at a local coffee shop I began to search the internet for a recipe. I came across many different ones, mixed some of them together and this is the delicious recipe I came up with.
Ingredients: Makes 2 servings
1 level tablespoon pumpkin puree
1 cup milk (whole if you dare!)
1/2 tablespoon light brown sugar (packed and leveled)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg (+ a pinch for dusting later)
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups strong coffee (brewed using 2 tbs per 1 cup of water)
4 tablespoons Coffeemate creamer
4 to 8 tsp sugar
1. Begin brewing coffee.
2. In a blender puree the milk, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, brown sugar and vanilla. Pour into a small saucepan and cook over low heat until the milk is warm and begins to froth slightly. (About 4-5 minutes.) Remove from heat.
3. For each serving: Pour 1/2 cup of the pumpkin mixture into your coffee mug. Add 2 generous tablespoons of Coffeemate creamer. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds, then add 1 cup of brewed coffee. Add 2 to 4 teaspoons of sugar (depending on how sweet you like your drink, I added 3 tsps.) Top off with a touch more ‘pumpkin milk’ then cover with whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg. Serve immediately.
This is a great drink because you can make it with just the milk to ensure you are getting your 2-3 servings of milk each day or you can make it with decaf coffee so you still get the flavor without too much caffeine.
Enjoy and happy sipping!