For many coffee hounds, autumn doesn’t officially start until Starbucks has released one particular flavoured coffee that has become a seasonal staple: the pumpkin spice latte.
Well, caffeine devotees, rejoice - it’s back on the menu.
While this winter warmer is always a treat, having your favourite beverage in front of the fireplace, on the sofa with your feet up adds to the overall hygge and makes for a supremely cosy experience.
Thanks to online coffee store CRU Kafe, you won’t need to venture out in search of the must lusted-after latte, and can enjoy your own version from the comfort of your own home.
If you really want to impress, you can add a shot of brandy to help you relax after a long day.
Makes enough syrup for 8-10 lattes
Ready in 30 minutes
For the syrup
1 small pumpkin
200ml maple syrup
250ml agave syrup
6tsp ground ginger
4 sticks syrup
2 whole cloves
For the drink
2 shots of espresso
6tbsp of syrup
1tbsp of double cream
1. To create the syrup, preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F. Skin and dice the small pumpkin, then roast it in a baking tray with no seasonings until slightly golden. Put it hot into a liquidiser with 50ml of the agave syrup and blitz.
2. Place the remaining syrup ingredients along with pumpkin puree into a saucepan and stir while bringing to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for a further 10 minutes. Strain the syrup through a muslin cloth or fine sieve and set aside.
3. To prepare your latte, place two shots of espresso into a glass – this should be approximately 70m. Add 6tbsp of syrup into the coffee. Lightly whip the cream and add a teaspoon to the coffee, then grate over a little nutmeg to garnish.
Photo and recipe credit: CRU Kafe
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