Tuesday, October 15, 2013

PSL: Pumpkin Spiced Love

A girl that loves pumpkin spice lattes? Ok, I get it - I'm about to be a huge cliche*. Some of you might be rolling your eyes reading this, thinking I'm one of those girls. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with loving something delicious, & I'm thinking maybe my guy friends just don't get it. 

Either way, this is happening.

I'm a coffee person. Of course, I'd much rather say I'm a hopoutofbedwithasmileperson, but I take my happiness in a cup, dark roasted. That being said, a few weeks ago I found myself making a morning & afternoon stop at Starbucks. Coincidentally, that was the day I realized I absolutely need to start making my coffee at home. I love you Starbucks, but I love my bank account more. 

So for you my darlings, I share not one, but TWO pumpkin spice recipes. A syrup, & a creamer. 
1 1/2 cups of water
2 cups of sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspooon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp vanilla

In a pot, bring your water to a boil. While you're waiting, go ahead & measure out your spices. It took me a little trial & error to get the spices just right, so feel free to adjust them to your taste. 
Once your water is boiling, add sugar, spices & vanilla. Stir until dissolved (2 minutes or so). Once your sugar has dissolved, remove from heat. (Don't keep boiling, this will make the syrup too thick). 
Perfect PSL's at home? Awesome. Just steam some milk, add a shot or 2 of espresso (I use a small stovetop espresso maker) & about 2 tbsp of syrup. 
1 1/2 cup skim milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspooon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp vanilla

Combine all your spices, milks, & vanilla in a mason jar (I'm using a 16 oz jar but an 8 oz will be just fine)
Now go ahead, shake it like a polaroid picture. ;)
The creamer is a little easier to make, but still so yummy! If I don't have enough time in the morning to make a latte (i.e, make espresso, steam milk etc..) I just add some creamer to my coffee & go. 
Wether you choose creamer or syrup is completely up to you, but I can promise that they're both easy, yummy, & way cheaper than a daily starbucks fix.
Enjoy!


*Confession time, there are pumpkin spice eggos in my freezer & pumpkin spice english muffins in my pantry. Maybe I'm already a huge cliche...

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