Are you ready for the fall season? I am. When I think of fall, the first thing that pops to mind is the delicious pumpkins that slowly start getting into the season. This is the main reason to make a homemade pumpkin spice latte, if you ask me.
In this article, I will go over the basics of how to make a pumpkin spice latte at home using fresh pumpkin! There is plenty of pumpkins to go around, so don’t hesitate to add one to your shopping bag the next time you are shopping.
I will show you how to make your own pumpkin puree, don’t worry, it’s the easiest recipe you have ever followed.
What is a pumpkin spice latte?
A pumpkin spice latte is a latte made with pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice mix and, whipped cream. Although comparing this to a regular latte, this pumpkin spice latte hits different!
The combination of the spicy pumpkin spice mix and sweetness of the pumpkin puree will get you through the colder days.
Why is this drink so popular?
The pumpkin spice latte was made popular by Starbucks. Starbucks has had this coffee on their menu for a couple of years now, for the fall season.
For most people, including me, I immediately think of pumpkins when thinking of the fall season. I don’t know why, but there is something about it that makes it special. This then reminds me of a warm, pumpkin spice latte.
When reading along, you will find the recipe to make the pumpkin spice latte at home. You can make the pumpkin puree used for this recipe at home as well, and I will tell you how to do so further down. Your house will smell absolutely delicious after making this coffee.
Which ingredients do I need to make this pumpkin spice latte?
For this recipe, you will need quite a few different ingredients, but it will be worth the time and effort you put into it.
How to make the spice mix for pumpkin spice?
To make the spice mix, you will need ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves. This is the somewhat “traditional” spice mix. But for this recipe, adding a bit of black pepper will up your pumpkin spice latte.
- Ground cinnamon 20 grams.
- Ground ginger 10 grams.
- Ground cloves 5 grams.
- Ground nutmeg 2 grams.
- Ground black pepper 2 grams.
You are also going to need your homemade pumpkin puree (or the canned version if you don’t feel like making your own), whipped cream, milk, a shot of espresso, and some sugar.
Now, let’s jump into the recipe, and I will tell you step-by-step how to make yourself a pumpkin spice latte.
- Pumpkin puree: 20 grams
- Spice mix pumpkin spice: 2 grams
- Milk: 200 grams
- Sugar: 10 grams
- Vanilla extract: 2 grams
- Shot of espresso
- Whipped cream
- Grab a little saucepan and add the milk, spice mix, pumpkin puree, and sugar to it.
- Heat the mixture until just below boiling, whisk vigorously to fluff up the mixture.
- Meanwhile, pull a shot of espresso or prepare a good coffee using any other technique.
- Add your freshly brewed coffee to your favorite mug and top this off with your hot milk mixture.
- Top your coffee off with some additional whipped cream and a dash of your homemade spice mix.
You can also switch out the milk for a milk substitute you really like. This will change the flavor of the pumpkin spice latte, which might suit your favorite flavors more.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170
Here are some photos of when I made the pumpkin spice latte at home to give you some additional information.
How to prepare the pumpkin puree from scratch?
First off, let me tell you that this pumpkin puree is the easiest recipe you have ever had to make—no stress, and just one ingredient needed; pumpkins.
You can use any edible pumpkin for this recipe, although I would suggest using the same kind of pumpkin I am using, as this will give the coffee its distinguished flavor it is known for.
I choose a relatively small pumpkin for my recipe but feel free to make a larger amount of this pumpkin puree at once. The pumpkin puree can be easily frozen and kept well in the fridge for a few days.
- Start by preheating your oven to 200°C or 420°F. Now start washing your pumpkin. After that, cut the stems off your pumpkin on either side of the pumpkin.
- Now cut the pumpkin in half and place and remove the seeds using a spoon. Put the two sides on a baking tray lined with a piece of baking paper. Ensure the pumpkin’s shell is facing outwards, as this improves the flavor of your pumpkin puree.
- Place the baking tray into your pre-heated oven and set the timer to 40 minutes; the pumpkin should now be fully cooked. You might want to check if this worked out; you can use a fork to check if the pumpkin is cooked through.
- If the fork goes right through the pumpkin’s shell and the inside of the pumpkin feels soft to touch, it is cooked through, and you can start to cool the pumpkin down to room temperature.
- Once the pumpkin has had the chance to cool off a bit, remove the skin and throw this out.
- You now have a clean, cooked pumpkin. Simply add this to a blender and swirl till a smooth structure is achieved. I am using a Magimix to make my pumpkin puree, but you can use any blender or hand-held blender you have at home.
You will be able to use this puree for this recipe, but also in pumpkin pies and other things. The puree will keep well for a few days in the fridge and up to a few months when frozen.
Which coffee is best used for this recipe?
For the best pumpkin spice latte, you will need to use a good quality espresso. To make a good espresso, you are going to need good coffee beans to start with. You might want to go to your local coffee roaster and ask for a nice medium or dark roasted coffee bean to make that espresso.
You can also make a strong cup of regular coffee to add to the pumpkin spice latte if you don’t own any coffee brewer to make an espresso. Just make sure you are using a good amount of coffee beans to get that espresso-like strongness.
If you are going to use regular coffee in this recipe, double the amount of coffee. Otherwise, the pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice will dominate your coffee, and it will just be a sweet bomb instead of a well-balanced latte recipe.
Can I change around some of the ingredients?
If you don’t feel like making the pumpkin puree from scratch, you can always use the canned pumpkin version. Just follow the recipe like you normally would, as it is the same ingredient.
The fun part about making your own coffee at home is that you can change the ingredients you don’t want to use.
You can change around the spice mix to make it to your liking. You can completely remove a spice from the spice mix, or you can lower the amount used. This can be replaced by the rest of the spices use or a spice you really like.
I used a bit of black pepper in this spice mix, and I would suggest you try this out. The black pepper gives the coffee a bit of punch, which bites through the coffee’s sweetness.
Any milk substitute can replace the milk used in this recipe. I would recommend using either oat milk or almond milk as a replacement, as this will keep the flavor profile of the pumpkin spice latte intact.
If you want to use different milk for this recipe, feel free to do so. I went with whole milk this time around, as I had this at hand already. You can get lower-fat milk, like 2% milk. Or even non-fat milk (or fat-free milk).
The fall season is here, and now you have a delicious pumpkin spice recipe you can start making at home right away.
I think this coffee is best enjoyed sitting near a campfire (or heater) on a chilly day. You will feel hot from the inside in a matter of minutes when drinking this pumpkin spice latte.
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