Amidst a sea of Starbucks red cup controversy (seriously, who cares?) we have decided to bypass the battlefield and get our caffeine hit elsewhere.
At home, to be precise.
Although Starbucks didn’t actually bring the Pumpkin Spice Latte to the UK until 2012, it’s now the winter warmer everyone’s talking about.
But you can save yourself the hassle of cup-gate, and a good few quid, by following our quick and easy recipe to make your own at home.
You’ll need to buy a couple of ingredients but you can pick up a whole tub of pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice for less than the cost of one single shop-bought latte. And it will probably last you until next Christmas. Unless you’re some sort of caffeine addict, that is.
These measurements can be changed to suit your taste. If you like it really sweet, put in a bit more vanilla essence, and so on.
The following recipe serves one. Adjust the recipe accordingly if you’re making it to share.
You will need:
1 cup of whole milk
1 tablespoon of sugar (nobody said it was going to be healthy…)
1 tablespoon of Pumpkin Puree
1 teaspoon Pumpkin Spice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (you can use syrup if you like it really sweet)
1/4 cup of brewed espresso coffee / 1/3 cup strong coffee (if you don’t have an espresso machine)
A fine-mesh sieve
Whisk (hand whisk is fine)
As much whipping cream as you fancy
What you need to do:
1. Get 1/4 cup of espresso, or 1/3 cup of really strong brewed coffee ready to go.
2. Start off by whisking up half of the cup of milk in a pan with all of the sugar, puree, spice and vanilla extract. Simmer the mixture on a low heat for five minutes. Then whisk in the remaining half cup of milk.
3. Once it’s all whisked together and looking good, you’ll need to pour the mixture through the fine mesh sieve to remove any pumpkin puree pulp.
4. Pour the (now lovely and smooth) milk mixture back into the saucepan and simmer gently, lightly whisking it for two minutes.
5. Add the espresso/coffee and continue to whisk for around 1 minute, until the mixture is foamy.
6. Pour the mixture into your favourite festive mug, whip up as much cream as your heart desires, plonk it on the top and sprinkle a pinch of pumpkin spice over it.
7. Get your onesie on, crank up the heating and watch Home Alone. Perfect.
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