Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pumpkin Pie Latte

It's that time of year again...Starbucks has rolled out their Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and they are delicious! I look forward to those and the Gingerbread Lattes (at Christmas) all year long. But, of course, those Starbucks drinks sure are budget busters. And, believe it or not, there are people who don't live anywhere near a Starbucks and may not have ever experienced the beauty and deliciousness of a Pumpkin Spice Latte! So, for those who are pinching pennies and for those who don't have a local Starbucks, here's a simple and tasty knockoff that you can probably create with the things you have in your kitchen right now! I'll post the recipe as it was originally written, but I recommend that you don't use this quantity of pumpkin pie spice. Cut it in half, then if you want more, add it a tiny bit at a time.
Pumpkin Pie Latte
adapted from a recipe in Family Circle, November 2008
2 cups fat-free milk
2/3 cup water
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
3 1/2 Tbs. sugar (or Splenda)
4 heaping tsp. espresso powder or instant coffee
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (but this is way too much)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
In a small saucepan, whisk together all ingredients and simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Serve immediately. Makes 2 smallish servings.

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