I'm all about comfort, and from now until it warms up again, I'll be looking for ways to warm my bones- from the inside out- mainly scouring websites and cookbooks for comfort food and drinks that warm me up during my favorite season; Autumn.
Last weekend, we took a trip to Bandy's Pumpkin Patch and now I am in the mood (more so than usual) for all things pumpkin! Foods, drinks, decor....
I purchased a cooking pumpkin for homemade goodness and it had me searching for some new recipes to add to my ever growing list of pumpkin favorites.
I want to share this one though, first off, because it is simple and ABSOLUTELY delicious! If you are a Starbuck's fan but feel like paying $4-$5 for a cup of their creations is a bit over the top, you can make this version of their Pumpkin Spice Latte for pennies on the dollar!
This is from A YEAR OF CROCKPOT COOKING
PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE
--2 cups milk (I used 2%)
--2 T canned pumpkin
--2 T white sugar
--2 T vanilla (not a typo. it asks for tablespoons)
--1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
OR: 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp cloves, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, and a teeny tiny pinch of ground ginger
--1/2 cup brewed espresso or 3/4 cup strong brewed coffee (I used strong coffee)
--garnish with whipped cream (optional)
I did not the first day, I did the second time. Great either way.
This will make enough for 2 people to have a big mug with a bit leftover. If you are having friends over, adjust the recipe accordingly.
Add the coffee/espresso and milk to the crockpot. Whisk in the pumpkin, spices, sugar, and vanilla.
Cover and cook on high for 2 hours if everything is cold. Whisk again.
Ladle into mugs, and garnish with whipped cream and additional cinnamon.
My guys keep bugging me to make this again and again. You must try it for yourself!