“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – Anne of Green Gables
Yes, sweet little Anne Shirley, yes. I completely agree with you. I LOVE Octobers. I love falling leaves, crisp air, family gatherings, good books and warm, sweet pumpkin spice lattes. But, because my husband and I are on a budget, you won’t find me driving through Starbucks every morning to get my PSL fix.
Over the years, I have tried several PSL recipes. None of them have really stuck with me, so I decided to keep things simple and create my own. This recipe is actually very similar to my original homemade latte recipe; the only real difference is that you add pumpkin pie spice to the coffee grounds! It’s so simple but so incredibly delicious.
I also wanted to share with you a little snapshot of my DIY coffee bar so you can see how it’s coming along! I would love to hear your comments and suggestions since this is still a work in progress (I hope to paint that old desk, or replace it with something that has cabinet doors/more drawers). Anyways…keep scrolling for the recipe!
Here’s what you’ll need:
* Your favorite dark roast coffee beans, ground finely (espresso roast is a good idea, but not required)
* Milk of choice (my favorite is Silk Original Coconut Milk)
* Stovetop espresso pot (this one has great reviews on Amazon)
* Electric milk frother (such as this one or similar)
* Raw sugar, if desired
* 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice (I used Trader Joe’s)
* Your favorite microwave-safe coffee mug
1. Follow your manufacturer’s directions for filling your stovetop espresso pot with coffee grounds and water. The only thing you’ll want to do different is, when you go to add the coffee grounds, mix in 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. Put the pot on the stove on high heat and follow your directions for the perfect brew.
2. I’ve found the quickest way to prep the milk is to do it in the microwave. While the espresso is brewing, grab your favorite microwave-safe coffee mug and fill it about halfway with your milk of choice. Microwave for about 1 minute, or until hot. (Note: don’t go crazy on the milk your first time. If you’re using dairy milk or cream, your milk will increase greatly in volume once frothed. You may only want to fill the mug 1/3 and see how it goes. If you’re using non-dairy milk, you don’t have to worry as much.)
3. Using the electric milk frother, froth up the milk to your liking.
4. Add as much of the brewed espresso to your mug as you like. You’ll have to play with the milk-to-coffee ratio, since everyone’s preferences are different. If you like sweeter coffee, you can add raw sugar to taste.
That’s it! Now go enjoy your delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte!