Isn’t autumn glorious!! The colours, the smells, the flavours that are inspired by this time of the year are simply incredible. Who doesn’t love curling up with a warm cup of coffee to read a good book while nature is getting ready for a long winter sleep. The only thing that makes a cup of coffee better is a slice of this Apple Spice Cake and a drizzle of Pumpkin Spice Syrup to go along.
When we first moved to England three years ago Pumpkin Spice Latte at a local Starbucks was something of a myth, a tale from a faraway land called America. The baristas heard of it but had not idea why anyone would want to consume pumpkins in a drink form. I complained loudly mostly on Facebook and a friend suggested making my own syrup. Now, since I own little and stylish Italian Gaggia, enjoying homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes has become an everyday treat. 🙂 My bank account and my waist line thanked me. Happiness is…
Ingredients: (Makes about 750 ml)
- Water-2 cups/500ml
- Demerara/Turbinado Sugar- 2 1/2 cups
- Cinnamon- 1 tsp. and 1 stick of cinnamon
- Nutmeg- 1/2 tsp.
- Ground Ginger- 1/2 tsp.
- Cloves- 1/4 tsp.
- Canned pumpkin (or use your own like I did)- 4 tbsp.
1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium pot and stir to combine, bring to a boil and then cook 5 more minutes over medium low heat.
2. Strain the syrup through a fine sieve and bottle it. Keep refrigerated!
3. If you have an espresso machine chances are you know already how to make a latte, so just add 1-2 tablespoons of Pumpkin Spice Syrup and a swirl of whipped cream for a special occasion. As for me, I rarely indulge ( by which I mean “never”) in a cream topping but I do love me some Pumpkin Spice Syrup!
4. If you don’t own an espresso machine, not to worry! Just brew some strong coffee and add steamed milk to it at 1:1 ratio, then stir in some pumpkin spice syrup to taste. Relax and enjoy!
Note: If you do decide to prepare your own pumpkin puree here is what you need to do. Split your pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds. Place your pumpkin halves on a baking sheet cut side down and roast at 400F/200C for 45-60 minutes depending on the size of your pumpkin. Pierce it with a knife to check for doneness, it should go in and out easily.