Wednesday, October 15, 2014

White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ahh, pumpkin. The season I look forward to the entire year.  Yes, pumpkin is a season in and of itself, I am a firm believer!  I love pumpkin everything, but what I look forward the most are the lattes.  The warm frothy, pumpkin spice drink that dreams are made of.

I can't count how many I had last year, and frankly I don't even want to think about it.  I can say it's probably way more than I'd ever care to admit.  But, enough about that.  During my pumpkin binge last year, I discovered yet an another amazing addition to my pumpkin latte.  White chocolate.

Yes, as if the delicious pumpkin latte couldn't get any better, the addition of white chocolate takes it over the top.  The  pumpkin, warm spices and brown sugar pair so well with the creamy, sweet white chocolate.
But, before now I always depended on the coffeehouse to provide me with my much desired pumpkin latte.  Since I started staying home with my little guy, I don't get out and about as much and I didn't want to depend on the coffeehouse provide me with my beloved latte.


So, when the time came for me to have my first pumpkin latte of the season I didn't hop in the car, drive through and place my order.  That's right, I decided to make my kitchen my very own coffee house.
Making this latte is so much easier than you might think.  With a few simple ingredients, your microwave and some hot coffee you've got your very own latte at home.  For half the price.

I combined pumpkin puree with milk, cream, spices, brown sugar, white chocolate and vanilla and heated until the chocolate was melted and the milk was frothy.  Then I took a dark brewed coffee and combined it with the pumpkin mixture.  To really give it that coffeehouse look, I topped it with whipped cream and some freshly ground nutmeg.

Now you can prepare your favorite fall beverage in your own kitchen.  So what are you waiting for?  Be your own barista, make your coffee and enjoy on your back porch while enjoying the crisp fall air.

And...happy pumpkin season!  I've had my first latte...plus some...so it's officially pumpkin season!

White Chocolate Pumpkin Lattes
Ingredients:

1/4 Cup milk
1/4 Cup half and half
1 1/4 Tbsp canned pumpkin puree
3/4 Tsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp white chocolate chips, or white baking chocolate finely chopped
1/4 Tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/8 Tsp roasted Siagon cinnamon
1 Tsp vanilla extract
1 Cup strong brewed hot coffee
Whipped cream, for topping
Ground nutmeg, for topping

Directions:

In a microwave safe dish combine milk, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, white chocolate, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon and stir to combine.  Place in microwave and heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring after each 30 second period.  Remove the mixture once the milk is frothy.  Stir once more.

Pour the mixture into a large coffee mug and top with hot coffee.  Stir, adjust sweetener and cream if needed.  Top with whipped cream and ground nutmeg.

Recipe source: A Lynsey Original

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