Here in sunny Florida, sweater weather does not normally roll around until late November, and then only during the later part of the evening. This does not stop us Floridians from getting in the pumpkin-and-spice-everything-kind-of-mood.
Every church lawn is overflowing with pumpkins and colorful gourds, inviting the sensation of fall time, igniting happy thoughts of holidays passed, and giving us hope for gathering with family and friends.
In our home, pumpkin is a standard ingredient on the shopping list from October 1 through November. Beginning with the most basic of all, pumpkin spice coffee. Many a night include pumpkin spice latte's which taste even more delicious when there is a feeling of crispness in the air. Of course the weekends would not be complete if it did not include some sort of baked goods.
Order your Pumpkin Spice Coffee today from our website to get your quick morning fix of that Fall Feeling. Then be sure to pick up some American Espresso and impress your friends and family when you serve them your home made Pumpkin Spice Latte's, even if you don't own an espresso or cappuccino maker.
Keep a small container of the spice mixture on hand (this recipe will make approximately 32 cups) by mixing 2 tablespoons cinnamon powder, 2 teaspoons of ground ginger, 2 teaspoons nutmeg and 8 finely ground cloves. Use 1 teaspoon of this for 2 large cups of the latte.
For the 2 large cups of latte, you'll need just a 1/2 cup of espresso brewed in your coffee maker. While the espresso is brewing, pour 2/3 cup of whole milk into a bowl big enough to froth by using a whisking motion with a fork, until the milk is bubbly. (Do invest in a mini electric whisk if you love frothy milk!) While whisking add 1/2 teaspoon of either vanilla or almond extract to it as an option, if you prefer this additional flavor. Set this aside.
Now prepare the pumpkin spice milk. In a non-stick saucepan, combine 1 1/3 cup whole milk, 1/4 cup of pumpkin purée, 2 tablespoons of condensed milk and 1 heaping teaspoon of your home-made pumpkin spice mix. Warm this mixture over medium-low heat, being careful not to bring it to a boil. As soon as you see the ripples in it and the steam from the heat, add in the espresso coffee. Stir well.
The anticipation is almost over! Let's assemble the latte. Pour the pumpkin milk into 2 large latte cups to just about full, leaving just enough to top with the frothy foamy milk. Dust with a little cinnamon powder using a fine mesh shaker and enjoy.
For those of us living in the tropics, sweater weather does not need to be the catalyst for Pumpkin Spice Latte Season. When do you start drinking PSL?
Pumpkin Spice Latte
- Spice Mixture (for 32 cups)
- 2 Tbs cinnamon powder
- 2 tsps ground ginger
- 2 tsp nutmeg
- 8 finely ground cloves
- Latte Milk (for 2 large servings)
- 1/2 cup brewed espresso
- 1 1/3 cup whole milk
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 Tbs condensed milk
In a bowl combine the ingredients for the spice mixture and set aside. In another bowl, whisk or whip 2/3 cup milk until it is frothy. Set this aside also. In a medium sized saucepan, heat the rest of the whole milk, the pumpkin puree and the condensed milk. Just before the milk comes to a boil add in 1 heaping tablespoon of the spice mixture and the espresso. Pour into large espresso mugs and top with the frothy milk, dust with cinnamon powder.