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Yields: 1 serving
2 teaspoons pumpkin purée (canned is fine)
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (*see my spice note)
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1½ teaspoons granulated sugar
1 shot (3 tablespoons) hot espresso
or double-strength coffee (**see my coffee note)
2/3 cup cold milk
Whipped cream and a bit more pumpkin pie spice (for topping)
Step 1: In an 8-ounce mug combine pumpkin purée, 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and sugar. Pour the hot espresso (or double-strength coffee) into the mug. Stir well to blend the flavors.
Step 2: Froth up the milk using an espresso machine steam wand. OR simply warm the milk in a saucepan over very low heat (do not allow milk to boil or you’ll get a scorched taste) and then froth with a whisk, hand blender, or electric mixer.
Step 3: Using a spoon, hold back the foam in your pitcher or saucepan as you pour the steamed milk fluid into the hot espresso. Add a cinnamon stick and stir to mix the flavors. Top with foamed milk, whipped cream, and a sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice.
*SPICE NOTE: Pumpkin pie spice is available in most grocery store spice sections. To make your own, simply mix the following ground spices for 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice: 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice or ground cloves, and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg.
**COFFEE NOTE: To make double-strength coffee in an automatic drip coffee maker, French press, or pour-over cone, double the amount of ground coffee that you would normally use. For example, instead of 2 tablespoons of ground coffee per 6 ounces of water, use 4 tablespoons and...
ICE IS NICE: Thanks to our Facebook friend and fellow author Wendy Wagner for her recent suggestion. Using some leftover pumpkin puree, she mixed up a batch of our Pumpkin Spice Latte and froze it in ice cube trays. Now she can pop some cubes out and microwave them in a mug whenever she feels like a nice, warm cuppa pumpkin spice joy! Or...she might try this idea. Throw the cubes in a blender with some Baileys for a chilly pumpkin spice cocktail.
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