Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice and All Things Nice!

The first time I discovered pumpkin I was about 5 years old and I dreaded seeing it! Why!? Because it would mean Cinderella might be found out and I really wanted her to enjoy the Ball and get her prince!

Forward to present day, and my romanticism hasn’t died but my feelings towards pumpkins have!
I absolutely LOVE pumpkins!
I love turning them into jack-o-lanterns every Halloween, then roasting and eating their seeds after.
I love putting them in yummy stews, making pumpkin pie and using them as decoration throughout Autumn and Thanksgiving dinner.

Although Pumpkin Spice Latte was invented by Stanford MBA, Peter Dukes, (a basketball player with a BA in economics), for Starbucks, more and more people have started making their own versions. I have to say I find Starbucks' lovely if only it didn't have so much of that 'syrupy' taste. That's me personally though - others were trying to get this through the black market back in the day!!

I looked on line and saw Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Latte to consist of the following:
  1. 1 cup milk.
  2. 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice syrup.
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla simple syrup.
  4. 2 shots espresso or 1 cup coffee.
  5. Whipped cream, to garnish.
  6. Pumpkin spice (equal parts cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and ground clove), to garnish.
I was hoping to try Pret's PSL but may not get a chance before I post this. Anyone tried it? Is it good? Oh and word of warning to those in London, I went to get myself my second pumpkin spice latte of the season from my local Starbucks yesterday and they told me they have now stopped making them for this season as they have sold out!! and that it was only for Halloween!!! But Halloween hasn't even happened yet I thought!! and then she offered me a Christmas drink!!! But It's October!!!! Thank goodness I was planning to make my own today anyway.

Now for my concoction!
What you need:
One mug
One saucepan
One whisk
French Press/cafetiere
1 level tablespoon pumpkin spice

2 tablespoons pumpkin puree

1 tablespoon good quality coffee (I can't drink coffee so I substitute with good quality ground decaffinated coffee)

2 teaspoons vanilla
1 full mug milk ( I use coconut milk, but I can imagine almond milk would be divine with this recipe) 
sugar or honey to taste

What to do:

Put the coffee, pumpkin spice and 1 teaspoon vanilla essence into your French Press and pour boiled water into it, and press as you would when making normal coffee.

In the meantime, cook the pumpkin with a mug of milk and the last teaspoon of vanilla on medium heat and whisk and watch it bubble.

Pour the milk/pumpkin into the coffee, how much is dependant on how milky you would like it. For me, the perfect measurement was half/half.

*Some people put everything in the blender after to make it super smooth but I feel that the whisk did the trick and there was no need for a blender on this occasion.

Add sugar, honey (or some even put mollasses) to taste!

and drink immediately!

Happy Pumpkin Day!


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