Friday, November 16, 2012

Colors of Fall & Pumpkin Spiced Latte

It's that beautiful time of the year again. Fall is in full bloom with leaves changing their colors daily. Temperatures here are finally cool enough to snuggle up with the little ones around the fireplace, and warm up with some hot chocolate. Or if you addicted to coffee like me, a pumpkin spiced latte does the trick to get me into fall and winter spirit. I made my own little Starbucks version the other day, and I thought you guys might like it too. Look below for the recipe:)

 The holidays are uproaching quickly, and things are being extra busy lately, so, I decided to take a little break from my design work yesterday, and have some fun in the kitchen. My little helpers and I  baked a pumpkin/whole wheat bread, and persimmon cookies from the last view persimmons we had left on the tree.  We even had time for  a little walk and enjoyed the beautiful colors of autumn.

To make 2 pumpkin spiced lattes:

400 ml Whole Milk
1 Star Anise
1/2 Cinnamon Stick
1/2 teaspoon ground Cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground gloves
1/3 cup canned pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon Honey 
200 ml brewed Espresso, or very strong coffee

Top with: (Optional)
10 oz Whipped cream 
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 

Place Star Anise with Cinnamon Stick in a pot with Milk. Bring to a boil.Meanwhile, place pumpkin, cardamom, glove, and pure vanilla extract in the bowl of a mixer. Beat until combined and smooth. Slowly add the spiced hot milk, and coffee. Pour into two cups. Add the whipped topping and sprinkle with the pumpkin pie spice. That's it. Hope you like it!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!!

xxx, Diana

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