One day, not too long ago, I was sitting around and minding my business, maybe giving into some sort of baking-related temptation (the sort I'm not so good at resisting) when my life changed... forever! (not to be over-dramatic or anything, but I'm totally serious)
Kimberly from The Cupcake Cuppy commented on my pumpkin scone post and mentioned that she had just made pumpkin spice lattes. Um, excuse me? Where have you been all my life Kimberly? I replied, begging her for the recipe to this holy grail of autumn-time treats. She sent me a link to the blog A Year of Slowcooking and my head exploded. Okay, I was being over-dramatic there. But really, I was totally blown away.
These are delicious, and they are the easiest thing evveeeeeer.
First, throw all the ingredients (except coffee) into your snazzy red $5 doorbuster mini-slowcooker from Black Friday '09. Or, you know... whatever you have.
Stir with a whisk, turn the slowcooker on low, and wait...
...and wait... (ugh!! I hate this part!)
After you wait an excrutiating hour or two, add the coffee (or don't... I know some people don't drink coffee and if you like steamed milk this yummy mixture might just make your day on its own).
Then choose your fate: you could whip it up in a blender if you want it to feel more whipped-coffee-shop-fancy, or you could strain it to remove any floaty pumpkin bits that will settle and possibly gag you out a little bit when you get to the bottom of your mug.
Or...you could just pour it and drink it because you've already been waiting a couple hours and you can't wait any longer!!
Friends, meet my poorly styled DIY pumpkin spice latte photo:
I'm not a food blogger, I have no beautiful mugs or cutely-patterned napkins! I have no time (or desire) for whipped cream or fancy cinnamon stick garnishes. I? just want my drink.
DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte (adapted for taste and laziness from A Year of Slow Cooking)
2 c. milk (I used skim)
2 Tbs. canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 - 2 Tbs. white sugar (depending on your love of all things sweet)
1 Tbs. vanilla
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 cloves (or throw in some ground cloves, whatev!)
pinch ground nutmeg
pinch ground ginger
1 - 1 1/2 c. strongly brewed coffee
Mix first eight ingredients in a slowcooker, turn on low and leave for 2 hours. Add coffee, pour into a mug, drink, repeat. Or pour into two large mugs and share... but then you'll just have to make it again because you'll want more.
I'm linking this recipe up to Remodelaholic,
and Hope Studios -- go check it out!