Pumpkin Spice – A Halloween Treat
Pumpkin spice automatically reminds us of all things fall. It brings with it that warm, cozy feeling we get when we smell that aromatic blend of spices. After all, pumpkins are fall, right?
Well folks, there is absolutely no pumpkin in this spice!
It got its name from the mixture of spices that are in it and what the spice blend was originally used for.
It contains cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and allspice. These spices are the key ingredients in making pumpkin pies. Without these aromatic spices in the pie, it would just taste like, hmm, well you know!
In 1936 McCormick’s, a leading distributer of seasonings and spices combined the ingredients used in making pumpkin pies. Putting them altogether into one container so that consumers didn’t have to buy five different spices for their baking.
They cleverly named it, what else? Well, pumpkin spice of course!
Some uses for pumpkin spice
Pumpkin spice is used to flavor a variety of baked goods such as pies, cakes and cookies. However, it recently has become very popular in coffee blends.
As specialty coffees became more popular, retailers were on the hunt for a taste that was unique. This blend of spices filled the bill perfectly. The taste and aroma combine to make a perfect coffee blend. Not only can you taste the rich flavor, you can smell it. Pumpkin spice latte has become the #1 beverage for fall.
If you truly enjoy the flavor try adding it to your oatmeal, pancakes, waffles and muffins.
It’s super easy to make at home and any baker worth their salt will already have most of these ingredients in their pantry. It will take you just a few minutes to mix up a batch at home.
Pumpkin Spice Recipe
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. ginger
- 1/3 tsp. cloves
- 1/4 tsp. allspice
Put all the ingredients in a small bowl.
Mix well to combine the spices and store it in an airtight container.
Depending on how much you like it, you can double or triple this recipe.
It will store well in a cool, dry place for several months.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Pumpkin Spice Latte is something that you don’t have to line up for. You can make latte right at home for a fraction of the cost.
This extremely popular beverage was first introduced by Starbucks and released in limited numbers in the fall of 2003.
It quickly became a hit.
Fans of this beverage are more than willing to line up for it.
All the while they are anticipating that first official taste of fall.
It is well worth the wait!
While it is a treat to have a sip of that goodness at your favorite café, making it at home is much easier on your pocketbook.
Better yet, the ingredients are simple and come together in a snap. It will just take about 10 minutes to whip this up at home. Now there need to stand in a lineup for that first refreshing taste of fall!
How to make Pumpkin Spice Latte
This is a very versatile recipe and it is easily adaptable to individual tastes.
The amount of each ingredient that you use will depend on your own taste.
Experiment and create the taste that is just right for you!
You can get your own desired flavor and strength by experimenting with the ingredients.
You can add more sugar for a sweeter taste.
Try adding some more milk for a creamier texture.
If you prefer coconut milk, soy milk or almond milk you can easily substitute these for the plain milk.
If you like a richer pumpkin flavor, simply simmer the pumpkin puree until it has reduced, this will give you a more concentrated flavor.
Milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract.
Heat milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract together in a saucepan on the stove.
Heat just till bubbly.
Now just add this mixture to a mug of strong coffee and top generously with whipped cream. Finally top it with more cinnamon or nutmeg.
Sit back and enjoy!
Make it for yourself or make it for a crowd!