Sunday, October 9, 2011

Pumpkin Spice Latte

This recipe is dedicated to my dear, sweet grandma who passed away on September 21, four short days after my grandpa's passing.  

My grandma was an amazing woman - I can only hope to be half the woman she was.  She was kind, smart, strong (she could arm wrestle like no other!), beautiful, stubborn (yes, grandma, really), and a sharp dresser (she always wondered what happened to me...:)).  She loved dressing up, but had no problems going fishing, camping, hiking, hunting (she was a crack shot) or talking care of our HUGE yard.  "Can't" was not in her vocabulary.  She never complained, even on the day she passed away.  You just got up and "took care of business". 

But, my grandma did have one small weakness...she had a SWEET tooth.  I know that she would have enjoyed this (it would only have been better with something chocolate served with it!).  I served this to my family in her china, which has been passed down to me.  Hope you enjoy it (and one or two family pictures as well).

As always, please remember this is treat, not something for everyday.

Ingredients:
  • Coconut milk (enough to fill your cup most, but not all, of the way)
  • Pumpkin Spice Syrup (how much?  It really depends on the size of your cup...and your taste buds...I'd start with less and keep adding until it tastes right to you:))
  • Brewed coffee (if you're really into lattes, you want either espresso or really strong coffee...we're not really coffee drinkers, so regular-strength worked well for us -- and again, this really depends on the size of your cup)
  • Chilled coconut cream (the part in the coconut milk can that separates from the water) [optional]
  • Maple syrup [optional]
  • Cinnamon [optional]
Directions:
  1. Mix together coffee and milk and heat (you want this pretty hot so that the whipped cream doesn't cool it down too much).
  2. While the coffee/milk is heating, blend together coconut cream and maple syrup (I mixed about 1 cup of "cream" with 1 Tbs maple syrup -- this is a lot more than you need for a cup or two).
  3. Mix syrup in the coffee/milk, starting with less and adding more to taste.
  4. Add whipped cream.  Sprinkle with a little cinnamon and enjoy.
 

    Grandma & I - camping
    Grandma & I - going to "town" (i.e., shopping)

    Grandma & Grandpa - going to church

    4 comments:

    1. What a lovely tribute to your grandma! She sounds like a lady that will be sorely missed...I'm sorry for the loss of your grandparents in such a short span of time.

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    3. I love pumpkin recipes and I can not wait to try this.

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