MERRY CHRISTMAS Y’ALL!!!!
All you coffee lovers and the non-coffee lovers out there, I’m sure you’re all familiar with Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte. Very nice, warming and festive with all the flavours of winter spice seeping through it. Now I’m sure most of us love it, but how can we enjoy it this Christmas in the comforts of our own home all snuggled up on the sofa?
So, I decided to experiment and concoct one of my own versions of the drink using more available ingredients. Pumpkin isn’t readily available all year round aaannndd it’s pretty hard to find special pumpkin spice. Even if you did, it’ll most likely cost more than you’re willing to pay for it. So, true to the form of what I usually do and what I offer you as the primary aim of this blog, I substituted most of the main ingredients with easier to find and cheaper ones for your benefit and enjoyment.
Hope you enjoy it! 🙂
(Preparation/Cooking time: 20-30 Minutes, Difficulty Level: 1 – Super Easy, Cost: £ – Super Cheap)
(Suitable for Vegetarians)
Ingredients (Measurements are approximate ratios to stated portion of sweet potato):
- Sweet Potato (≈150-200g)
- Ground Cinnamon Powder (≈1 tbsp)
- 5 Spice (≈ 1 tbsp)
- Ground Black Pepper (≈ 1 tbsp)
- Vanilla Extract (≈ 1-2 tbsp)
- Sugar (≈ 2 tbsp)
- Coffee Granules
- Milk/Soya Milk
- (Optional) Ginger (Finely grated)
- (Optional) Double Cream to whip/Already Whipped Cream
- (Optional) Ginger Biscuits
- Small Pot
- Microwaveable Tub
- Lid for tub/cling film
- Your own personal hot cuppa mug
1) Start by boiling some water.
2) Then peel your sweet potato and cut it into little cubes.
3) Place your potato into your microwaveable tub, add a little bit of cold water to it, put your lid on or a layer of lightly perforated cling film and stick it in the microwave for about 10-15 minutes until soft enough to mash easily with a fork.
– Take it out every 5 or so minutes and give it a quick toss make sure all are cooked evenly.
4) Take it out, mash it up and thoroughly mix in your cinnamon, 5-spice, black pepper and sugar (and ginger if using).
5) Pour the mixture into your pot and place it on low-medium heat, add your vanilla extract to taste and cook it until it looks a bit slimy and sludgy.
– You can taste your mixture at this point, it needs to be quite strong in spice flavour and sweet as you will dilute it with milk later on, so if it doesn’t taste very strong you should add more spice at this stage.
– Also, start off with a little bit of vanilla first and then add more according to personal taste.
6) Now, pour a little bit of your milk into the mixture and combine it together with a whisk. Then, slowly add more milk as they get incorporated together and whisk together to make it as frothy as you can as you bring it to a slight boil.
– You want to get a consistency where it just coats the back of a spoon.
7) Next, make an espresso-strength coffee to about 1/3 of your mug.
8) Top the rest up with the spiced potato milk mixture and lightly stir it together.
9) (Optional) Top with some whipped cream and some broken ginger biscuits.
10) Serve and Enjoy!
- If you don’t like bits or just want a smooth coffee, try passing it through a sieve or stick it all in a blender first if you have one.