It’s that time of year again. Pumpkin time.
And, as I wrote last week, nothing symbolizes the taste and smell of Autumn better than my beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte. Finally now available at Starbucks stores in the UK.
But, as much as I’m excited by this news, the reality is that I’m not going to Starbucks everyday. Plus, we’ve got a brand new fancy latte / espresso / cappuccino maker at home so it just seems silly to go anywhere else to buy coffee. But what about the Pumpkin Spice Latte? Does this mean I have to go without all Autumn?
Well, thank goodness, no. Yesterday, the lovely Creature Comforts posted a collection of delicious pumpkin recipes. Given how much I love pretty much anything made with pumpkin, I immediately want to make and eat all of these. But, check out number 16, Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup. A quick scan of the ingredients revealed that I had everything I needed in the house. Woo hoo!
So this morning, I got to work making my Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup. It was quick and easy. My batch made about 12 oz of syrup, certainly enough to last me most of the season. Maybe next time I’ll get some fancy bottles to put it in instead of the random jar I found. Wouldn’t that make a nice holiday gift?
How did it compare to Starbucks? Spot on. Delicious. No need to head to Starbucks anymore to get my Pumpkin Spice Latte fix. Just put a little of my homemade syrup in my mug, press latte on my super-duper latte machine, and top with a swirl of whipped cream. Yum. I’m even going to tell myself that this is healthier than the Starbucks version as it’s homemade with real pumpkin.
And, because I had plenty of pumpkin purée left over, I also made the Simple Pumpkin Pie Bars because they looked yummy, easy, and I had all the ingredients in the cupboard. I may even like these better than pumpkin pie. They’re that good.
The house was full of pumpkin goodness today. And that made me smile.