Is it fall yet? Okay, I know, I know it’s technically not but with the weather we’ve been having up here in Minnesota it sure does feel like it! I have to admit fall is my absolute favorite season for a number of reasons including but not limited to: all things pumpkin, crisp fall air, gorgeous leaves changing color, jeans & hoodies, ‘nuggles with The Farmer, fires, the return of heartier food & of course harvest on the farm!
This morning I brought back one of our favorite fall items; Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes! Starbucks PSL ain’t got nothing on this drink y’all! I will admit I’m a recovering PSL addict; but once you try this drink made with real ingredients including real pumpkin you’ll quickly forget about the cloyingly sweet bux version- I promise!
This drink is absolutely perfect for crisp fall mornings & lazy weekends. It’s lovely & a staple at our home throughout the fall/winter seasons – so excited it’s back!
Here’s what you’ll need to make just enough for you & your favorite farmer:
2 shots of espresso (1 per cup)
1½ cups of whole milk (oh so naughty!)
½ cup heavy cream (whipped topping)
2-3 tbsp pumpkin puree, depending on the pumpkin flavor desired
3 tbsp local maple syrup
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Let’s get started!
Brew the espresso; shout out to Nespresso for making life easy; you’re looking for 1 shot per cup.
If espresso is too bold for you you can definitely substitute for coffee here. Once brewed and portioned, set aside.
Meanwhile in a small pot or saucepan, combine the milk, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and pumpkin over medium heat. Whisk together until heated through & the milk just begins to simmer on the sides.
Take the mixture off the heat & divide evenly between the two cups (on top of the espresso).
For your frothed topping you have a few options depending on the equipment you have; once again Nespresso makes life easy peasy with their Aeroccino that froths in seconds – praise the lord! If you don’t have one of these, you can froth a number of ways including a hand held froth wand or even your French Press!
Once your heavy cream (indulgent A.F!) or milk if you’re choosing to be a bit less naughty is frothed dollop it on top of your prepared cups.
Garnish Option: Additional pumpkin spice; cinnamon or even fresh nutmeg would be lovely here (Note: nutmeg will react with the foam/frothed milk so it won’t look as lovely but it will still taste just as good!)
Marvel at how amazing you are & enjoy!
I thoroughly hope you enjoy this drink & that it helps you welcome fall back into your life and heart!
Oh who are we kidding here, fall is always in my heart, totally obsessed!!