My daughter is in love with my perfect cup of pumpkin lattes. She can have one every day and still want more. She enjoys hers with oat milk, but I like mine with dairy milk. This recipe can be used with any dairy or non-dairy milk of choice. Make it your way and as sweet or spiced as you like. It’s such a wonderfully versatile recipe.
The Ingredients for The Perfect Pumpkin Spice Latte
With a handful of spices, you can have yourself the best pumpkin drink you will enjoy in the fall. It’s such a comforting fall recipe.
Ingredients list for The Perfect Pumpkin Spice Latte:
- 4 cups of milk of choice
- 1/4 cup of pure pumpkin puree (see notes)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 pinch of allspice
- 1/4 pinch of clove powder
- 1/4 pinch of nutmeg
- sugar, honey, or maple syrup to taste
- 4 individual shots of espresso
The Pumpkin Puree
Let’s start with the puree. I make mine using fresh sugar pumpkins, but you can use store bought – just be sure to get the non spiced, non sweetened one. Here is how to make your own. Once we have the puree ready, we can start making our drink. What I do is make the puree and add the spices to it and store it in the fridge so it’s ready for use. It can be kept for up to a week, so I make enough for a week’s worth of lattes.
Making the Pumpkin Spice Latte
In a small saucepan, add the milk, the puree, and the pumpkin spices. Mix them all together using a small whisk or a fork as the milk starts to heat up on medium heat. Continue to whisk and allow the milk to come to a near boil. I like to add the sweetener at this point, but you can wait to add it later too. I use maple syrup or honey, but if you’re using sugar, it might be best to wait till later to add it.
Once the milk has heated up, pour it into a jar or a frothing jug, and using an electric frother or an espresso machine frother, froth the milk. The frothiness of the milk will depend on the type of milk you use. Since froth comes from the fat mostly, if you use skimmed milk, there will be much less froth than if you use full fat milk. Similarly, if you use oat milk or soy milk, it might not froth up as much as full fat dairy milk will.
While the milk is heating up, we can make an espresso shot. If you have an espresso maker, it’s the best way to enjoy the drink we’re making, but if you don’t, you can always make a strong shot of coffee and use that.
Pour the espresso into a jar or a cup and pour the frothed milk over top of the espresso. If you did not add your sweetener to the milk while it was heating up, you can sweeten your drink now. Or if you are like me and like to enjoy it without any sweeteners, enjoy it as is.
I make one espresso shot at a time and add it to the cup as I go. But if you are using regular coffee, you can make the whole batch together and then pour it into 4 cups and add 1/4 of the frothed milk into each cup and enjoy it that way. It will taste just as good because of the puree and the spice mix we are using.
My daughter enjoys it with a sprinkling of cinnamon on it, but I like to add a dollop of whipped cream. You can always add a sprinkling of store bought spice mix.
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The Perfect Cup of Pumpkin Spice LatteCourse: DrinksCuisine: CanadianDifficulty: Easy
My pumpkin spice latte is the perfect combination of espresso, frothed milk, real homemade pumpkin puree, and the right amount of spices.
4 cups milk of choice
1/4 cup of pure pumpkin puree (see notes)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 pinch of allspice
1/4 pinch of clove powder
1/4 pinch of nutmeg
sugar, honey, or maple syrup to taste
4 shots of espresso
- In a small saucepan, add the milk, the puree, and the spices. Mix them all together using a small whisk or a fork as the milk starts to heat up on medium heat.
- Continue to whisk and allow the milk to come to a near boil.
- Pour it into a jar or a frothing jug, and using an electric frother or an espresso machine frother, froth the milk.
- Make an espresso shot and pour it into a jar or a cup.
- Pour 1/4 of the frothed milk into the jar containing the espresso.
- Add sweetener of choice. Mix everything well using a spoon.
- Sprinkle some cinnamon or add a dollop of whipped cream onto it and enjoy!
- Repeat steps 4-7 until you have 4 cups of latte.
- – I make my own puree. Look here to find out how you can do it.
– I make a batch of puree and spice mix and keep it in the fridge for later use.
– You can use 1/2 teaspoon of store-bought pumpkin spice instead of the spices.