I had some pumpkin leftover from making scones that I did not want to go to waste, so I decided to make pumpkin spice lattes! I wait all year for the pumpkin lattes at Starbucks. I also get excited about the peppermint mochas and gingerbread lattes at Christmastime, so I will probably try making those this year as well. I have been seeing a lot of recipes for pumpkin lattes on foodgawker and tastespotting over the past couple of weeks, but I really wanted to try it out even though it isn’t very original.
Just as with the scones, I had some trouble deciding which recipe to try. They all sound really amazing, but the ingredients are pretty much the same for each recipe. I started categorizing them based on method instead, and I ended up going with this one because it uses a crockpot. I had never heard of making lattes in a crockpot before so it seemed like the most interesting. You have to wait two hours for these, but they are so good that it’s worth it.
The recipe calls for either espresso or double-strength coffee. My mom recently got me a little stove top espresso maker that is considerably cheaper than a real espresso maker, so I used that. It worked beautifully! I am not sure where she bought it, but I have seen them at World Market if you are interested. Otherwise, just brew your coffee using double the amount of grounds for water that you would normally use. The recipe as is will make enough for two people plus a little extra.
Pumpkin Spice Lattes
2 cups milk
2 Tbsp canned pumpkin (I used about 3)
2 Tbsp white sugar
2 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup brewed espresso or 3/4 cup strong brewed coffee
Whipped cream and cinnamon for garnish
Put the coffee or espresso and milk into the crockpot and stir. Whisk in the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours if everything is cold. I put the espresso straight in after being brewed, so it was already hot. I only left it in the crockpot about about an hour and a half.
Whisk again when finished. Ladle into mugs and top with whipped cream and cinnamon.