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I've been trying to avoid the reality that it is officially Fall now. I love warm weather, days at the beach and summery drinks and the thought of the winter ahead always make Fall a hard time for me. All that being said, I'm finally and firmly on the pumpkin bandwagon and it started with the Pumpkin Iced Latte that I'm going to share with you all today. Iced because I still have one foot hanging onto Summer and Pumpkin because I have to acknowledge that Canadian Thanksgiving is only two weeks away.
I like simple, delicious and guilt-free drinks. This Pumpkin Iced Latte fits that bill perfectly and will be putting a big old smile on your face in minutes even if you have to put on a sweater to go outside. The other great part about this recipe? Very inexpensive and you can be making these for days on end with a very small investment in a can of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!). You can also personalize this drink even more by adding a little milk froth to the top and a little extra cinnamon and nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice.
If you want to add frothed milk there are two ways that I do this. One, I will often use an old school metal milk frother and froth by hand just like this one here. (affiliate link) I originally purchased mine through an Epicure Selections home party 10+ years ago. I'm also the proud owner of a Breville automatic milk frother but I rarely use it. Two, a trick I learned many, many years ago when I was using a magic bullet was to put a small amount of milk in the magic bullet and blend it for 10-20 seconds and then remove the blade and place the small plastic jar in the microwave for approx 30 seconds. You have to keep an eye on it because the milk will start to rise and foam. Voila! Frothed milk in seconds and you will wow your guests who will be amazed and delighted that you were able to produce wonderful lattes and cappuccinos without having a $1000+ machine in your kitchen.
A word of warning and expectation setting...from my own experience, cow's milk froths the best and the more fat the better but I've still been able to froth non-fat milk very well. My new favourite coconut/almond milk blend is what I used for the above recipe and while I was able to get the frothy texture the milk definitely did not expand as much as cow's milk.
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