Ah, the pumpkin spice latte. It’s become a seasonal favorite, but it doesn’t come cheap, and you often have to wait in frustratingly long lines in order to secure your frothy, spicy treat. Fortunately, it’s not that hard to make a fantastic pumpkin spice latte at home, and save yourself some time and money in the process.
If you’re making a PSL at home, you may as well make it extra special. This recipe—unlike many coffee shop pumpkin spice lattes—actually contains pumpkin instead of just pumpkin flavored syrup!
You’ll need the following ingredients and quantities to make your latte:
- 2 Tbsp canned pumpkin
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1-2 shots espresso
- ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice, more to garnish
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 2 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
- Fresh-ground black pepper
- ¼ cup heavy cream, whipped
You’ll also need the following equipment to prepare your drink:
- Espresso maker or coffee maker
- Hand blender or mixer
- Wooden spoon
The first step is to warm the pumpkin, spices and black pepper for about two minutes over medium heat until the mixture is hot and smells cooked. Stir the entire time so that the pumpkin doesn’t burn onto the bottom of the saucepan.
Next, stir in the sugar until the entire preparation has become a thick, dark syrup.
Add the milk and vanilla together and blend then into the syrup with the whisk. Keep the pan over medium to low heat and stir until the milk is warm. If the heat is too high or you stop stirring, the milk may bubble over.
Use a hand blender or traditional blender to quickly blend the heated milk mixture until it is light and frothy.
Finally, add espresso or coffee to the frothed milk, top with whipped cream and dust with a bit more pumpkin pie spice. You should have enough for two mugs of your homemade pumpkin spice latte.
Not only will homemade PSL’s allow you to skip the lines and save a little money (those $5 espresso drinks add up!) but they will also allow you to enjoy these beloved seasonal beverages any time of the year.
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