My friend and colleague Annie Mitchell Egan sent me this recipe and asked if I had ever made it. I had not, but decided I should try it.
I made some changes several times – here’s the latest.
PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE LIKE STARBUCKS
The success of this drink depends upon the espresso. Don’t use regular coffee no matter how strong. And some of you may want even more espresso than the 1/2 cup in the latte, so feel free to add as much as you like.
3-4 tablespoons pumpkin puree
3/4-1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice + extra for garnish
Bit of freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons sugar or more to taste – next time I think I’ll try half white & half brown sugar
1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1-1/2 – 2 cups half & half
1/4 to 1/2 cup strong espresso or more, depending upon your taste.
If you’re making it from instant espresso powder, use a very generous tablespoon tablespoons to every 1/4 cup hot water.
I just put everything but espresso, extra spice & whipped cream in a pan, brought it to a simmer and started whisking. You could also use a hand blender, hand mixer or regular blender. It will get frothy, but the froth dies down fairly quickly. I added espresso to taste and whisked again, then poured it into mugs and topped it with whipped cream and more pumpkin pie spice.