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November 15, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Syrup


Winter will be here before you know it, but there's always room for more pumpkin recipes!  I've been making homemade pumpkin spice syrup for about 2 years now and never got around to blogging the recipes, so for that I apologize!

This recipe is insanely easy and really, you need to try it. It tastes just like you'd expect from a coffee place, but without preservatives and ingredients you can't pronounce.  Plus, significantly cheaper!

Pumpkin Spice Syrup
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons pumpkin puree

Directions:
Combine water and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has completely dissolved.  Add cinnamon sticks, then whisk in remaining ingredients.  Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, but not allowing to come to a boil (reduce heat as necessary).  Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.  Strain syrup through cheesecloth into an airtight container.  Store in refrigerator.

To make a pumpkin spice latte, add about 1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons of syrup for each shot of espresso. Add about 5 ounces stead milk and stir to combine.  Adjust as necessary.  Top with whipped cream and caramel drizzle or cinnamon if desired.

Source: Cook Like a Champion


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