Are the Fall colors already in your area?
I am certainly digging the weather. No more humidity! One more point for Autumn.
Today is also my 5th year anniversary as a food blogger. Woo-Hoo! I have had ups and downs, but one thing that I love about this industry is that you meet incredibly talented people, you learn so much not only about blogging in general, but about yourself, too.
The thing is, food blogging takes so much time, and I have seen so many people quit because there is a pressure that starts to build. I think with any job you get that pressure. It gets really hard, especially if you have a family and not enough passion or support to continue.
Personally, I found something completely new to me 5 years ago and started to build Sandra’s Easy Cooking from ground zero. Didn’t know anything, or nobody in this industry
I didn’t even read food blogs. A little by little my love for food photography, recipe developing and writing woke up, with that, my passion too.
Seriously, what we do, it’s a very serious business. Thank you all for all your support, I truly appreciate your visits, emails, fan emails, comments, etc. Without you, this blog wouldn’t be alive.
Let’s talk about this Pumpkin Spice Latte. I know, it might be overrated, well, it is a lot overrated. Furthermore, you people wait for September to come just so Starbucks could start selling them
My daughter is one of those people, and she is like 12. Let me just tell ya, those pumpkin lattes are not cheap, and she is asking for them every single day. Hell to the NO!
So, Anna and I started to experiment. We made several mixtures and we loved this one the most. She drinks this in the morning and afternoon, without a coffee of course, although she is my mini-me, after all, and actually likes the taste of coffee
Let’s get down to the business.
Watch a quick YouTube video tutorial how I make my Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Pumpkin spice SYRUP PUREE
- 1 can or 15 OZ 100% Pumpkin puree
- 1 cup Brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. Pure Vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp. Pumpkin pie spice
- 1½ cup Water
- 1½ tbsp. Sugar
- 1-2 tbsp. Pumpkin spice SYRUP/PUREE
- 1 cup frothed milk
- 2 shots of espresso
- Whipped cream
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
Pumpkin spice SYRUP PUREE
- In a medium-sized saucepan, add 1 can of 100% Pure pumpkin puree. Stir it for a couple of minutes, then add 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 tbsp. of pure Vanilla extract, and 1 tbsp. Pumpkin pie spice. Slightly stir it to combine. Then add 1 1/2 cup/s of water.
- Stir, cover and lower the heat to simmer. After 10 minutes of simmering, add 2 tbsp. of sugar.
- Mix it, cover and continue simmering for 15 more minutes. Strain the mixture through the fine strainer.
- I used the metal whisk (it was much easier for me). Do this until the thicker part is left in the strainer.
- Mix it, and let it cool down before pouring it into a container or a jar. I keep it in the fridge.
- Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of Syrup/Sauce.
Froth the milk, then add two shots of espresso, or use any other coffee. Mix it well together with the syrup, to combine, and add whipped cream. Also, add a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
LATTE SECOND VERSION
In a pot, add milk. Let it simmer on a low temperature until hot, about 3-5 minutes, but do not let it boil. With a hand frother, froth milk until the foam is developed.
- Add frothed milk to pumpkin spice syrup/sauce, and coffee, stir and add whipped cream and/or sweetener as desired.
LATTE THIRD VERSION
In a microwave-safe cup, add syrup/sauce, milk (and coffee, if desired). Microwave for approximately a minute and twenty seconds, to a minute and a half.
Stir, add additional sweetener if desired, and enjoy!
- You can add additional sweetener to taste.
- Skip coffee for a KID friendly latte Keep it in the fridge, in an airtight container or a lidded jar for up to a 4 week. For kids just mix it with warm milk.
- It tastes fantastic, even without coffee. I used instant coffee like Folgers, espresso, and regular coffee maker coffee.
- Please, adjust to your own taste. Personally, I like strong coffee, but this latte I like with two shots of espresso. You can also add this to heat safe bottle, such as thermal and shake it to make it more bubbly or frothy.