Sunday, November 17, 2013

Foodie Post: Pumpkin Spice Latte ♥

Hello my lovelies!

How are you all? ♥

Today I was planning not to open my laptop at all, but I got something I couldn't resist sharing with you. With the holiday season just around the corner, and the Autumn already behind, I've noticed so many people posting about the American classic, Pumpkin Spice Latte. Even though there are already the whooping amount of two Starbucks coffee shops in the whole Finland, I haven't had the pleasure to test out the infamous tasty treat.

So, what's a girl to do when there's no proper place to buy a food/drink, but there's the growing anxiety to try it out anyway? Well, the girl finds a recipe and makes some at home. (and if you actually can get this from Tampere, Finland, please correct my ignorance and point me to the right direction!)

So, for those of you who also want to try this out - or maybe wanna save some money for more Christmas shopping - here is an affordable (nearly fool proof) recipe you can whip up with very basic ingredients:

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I found the recipe here!
BrokeAss Gourmet's Pumpkin Spice Latte

3 tablespoons strong ground coffee
2/3 cup water
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoon honey or agave nectar
2/3 cup milk

And, if you are like me, and live in a culture where we don't have pumpkin pie spice regularly in our spice rack, here's how you can make your own:

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Pumpkin Pie Spice (found here)

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Mix the spices in a small bowl, and store in an airtight container.

Simple enough, right? Now that this is done, back to making the latte, shall we?

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1. Brew the coffee with the water in a regular coffee maker, French press or drip cone.

2. While the coffee brews, stir the pumpkin pie spice into the honey or agave nectar until completely blended. Set aside.

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3. Pour the cold milk into a microwave-safe bowl, the edges of which should come up a bit higher than the milk.

4. Keep the bowl slightly tilted to the side, so that the milk is gathered more towards one side. Using a wire whisk, quickly and vigorously whisk the milk in the bowl for about 2-2 1/2 minutes. If milk is not frothy after 2 1/2 minutes, continue whisking an additional 30-60 seconds. The milk should be very frothy at this point.

Note: this is the point where I personally screwed up. I didn't get the milk foamy enough, so it just got back to liquid when I put it on a microwave. I found this step easier with a clean (microwave proof) glass jar with a lid. Put the milk in the jar, close the lid tightly and shake it heavily for 30 seconds or more, just to get it thick enough. Then, take off the lid and and continue following the instructions.

5. Microwave the milk in the bowl on high for 8-10 seconds. It should puff into a high foam immediately.

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6. To serve the latte, pour the hot coffee into a mug and stir in the honey/agave-spice mixture until completely dissolved. Top with the hot milk, spooning the thick foam on top. A dash of additional pumpkin pie spice or some ground cinnamon on top is a nice touch. Serve immediately.

Or do as I did and add a ridiculous amount of whipped cream and cover the not-so-successful milk foam to have more of a coffee shop kind of experience with it.

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Last night I baked some brownies, so what better way to enjoy the latte than with a piece of brownie and an episode of one of my favorite TV series, Desperate Housewives. ♥

So, I hope you found this post helpful or fun, I have been wanting to taste this for years but only last night realized I could actually make my own. The best part: this doesn't contain the high fructose corn syrup that some claim is pretty bad for you, and those who know me, know that when I can, I at least try to pick the option with less artificial things in it.

The verdict: This was good enough to make another time, I loved the taste of it a lot. Is it even close to the infamous Starbucks one? I have no idea. What I can say that it smells heavenly, and brewing this baby can make your whole home smell adorable. I warmly recommend trying this out if you like coffee.

Have you tried making your own pumpkin spice latte? And, would you like to see more this kind of posts where I try to find easy, kind of healthy options for other classic treats? Let me know below in the comments ♥

Now, I'm off to try and wear off my caffeine rush by completing some DIY projects and washing the dishes and so (yes, I've found the right drug for the lack of energy it seems, haha).

Have a lovely day!

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna

14 comments:

  1. Mmm yum! I love the pumpkin spice latte, and it wouldn't be a bad idea to make it at home instead of burning a hole in my wallet going to Starbucks all the time.

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    1. Exactly what I had in mind while sharing this. Personally, I'm more comfortable making some of the special coffees at home instead of heading to a coffee shop just for that. ;)

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  2. Unfortunately my body cannot tolerate caffeine but for the sake of this delicious thing that you made I might give it a go! Thank you for asking the questions, of course I have covered all ;)
    Have a great week doll :*
    xx

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    1. Hehe, well, I'm not so sure my body handles the caffeine in the form of coffee so well either, but as this is a latte it can be done with such a little amount of coffee - or maybe mixed with some decaf coffee? :) ♥

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  3. I LOVE the idea of making a Pumpkin Spice Latte at home - this will be so perfect on Thanksgiving morning and for the rest of the season!!

    xx

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    1. Isn't it really? :) I love this too as I'm having a little more hectic work schedule than usual so I predict that little extra caffeine will sure come in hand for me. ;) ♥

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  4. I like your idea of the pumpkin spiced latte! It's fast and efficient- def doable in mornings!!

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    1. It sure is. :) I'm glad you found this post useful! ♥

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  5. Yummy! That would be so perfect for the cool months =) And it looks so easy!
    - Che

    style-che.com

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    1. It was pretty easy except for the milk foam, but it might be that I'm just incompatible with the technique :D ♥

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  6. mmm, looks great! we'll try it!
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    http://www.we-heart-fashion.com

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    1. Thanks, I'm happy if this was helpful! And yes, I will certainly visit you back! ♥

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