For as basic as the Pumpkin Spice Latte is, it’s pretty complex. You’ll want to set aside a Sunday morning for this treat. Our additional recommendations, put on a sweater, some fun fall music, and make sure there’s a nip in the air.
During this process, we discovered the difference between a good and great Pumpkin Spice Latte: the pumpkin puree. This is also the difference between a 10 minute latte and hour and a half long latte.
If you have the time, we recommend making your own pumpkin puree. We have included this in the recipe below.
1 cup of milk (your choice of milk, but we recommend whole milk)
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
½ to 2 tablespoons of sugar (2 if you’re feeling sweet)
½ tablespoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus some to sprinkle on top
¼ cup hot strong coffee or espresso
Place milk, pumpkin puree, and sugar into a saucepan over medium heat, until the mixture is hot (not boiling). Once hot, remove from heat and whisk in vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and hot coffee for about 30 seconds. Pour into your favorite coffee mug. Top it off with whipped cream, a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, and a cinnamon stick on the side.
1 small baking pumpkin
Fine sea salt
Heat your oven to 400 degrees. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper. Rinse and pat the pumpkin dry. Carefully cut the pumpkin in half (don’t try and cut the stem in half). Scoop out the seeds. Lightly sprinkle salt along the inside. Place the inside of each half down on the baking sheet. Bake until pumpkin can be easily stabbed throughout (between 45 and 60 minutes). Remove from the oven. Once cool enough to hold, remove skin and puree in the food processor (about 3-5 minutes).
Take your time and enjoy making this yummy fall treat inspired by Inspired Taste. We sure had fun making our DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte! https://www.inspiredtaste.net/35527/easy-pumpkin-puree-recipe/
Author - Meet Jessie Parmenter
Jessie is a Certified Home Stager. The right side of her brain has taken over her mind allowing the creative juices to constantly be flowing — and we love her for it. Luckily for us, her previous work in hospitality and events have landed her at Creating Home San Diego. In her free time she enjoys surfing, eating (everything), and visiting friends. Email Jessie.