Because it is fall now, the weather has cooled down, you can smell the faintness of smoke from someones fireplace in the air, perhaps you are raking leaves from your lawn now?
Fall is a great time of the year. I always looks forward to fall, although, living on the coast in San Diego we don't experience fall or even winter for that matter like the rest of the country. Instead, I depend on Starbucks
and their Pumpkin Spice Latte to help me feel the fall in Southern California.
I have always been hesitant to make any sort of latte at home because honestly, it is never the same or as good. I tried one or two recipes for homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes but they tasted a little "off" to me. I gave up on trying
to make one at home until I was at the commissary last week and I spotted a bright orange bag of Godiva Chocolatier Pumpkin Spice Coffee. Suddenly, I had an idea! I knew this coffee would make the difference. Most of the recipes call for pumpkin spice but
it tends to settle into the bottom of my cup regardless of long I try to stir it in. Also, most of the recipes call for pumpkin. I find adding the pumpkin itself gives it a slight taste that I can't quite put my finger on.
Back to the Godiva Chocolatier Pumpkin Spice Coffee. I have had great success making Pumpkin Spice lattes at home using my Pumpkin Spice coffee. The basic ingredients are:
Pumpkin Spice Coffee
I will write up the recipe very soon, I promise!
Now before I could make any of the Pumpkin Spice Lattes at home, I needed to get some Vanilla Syrup as most of the recipes called for it. I browsed my local grocery stores and I found the Torani syrup, but I wasn't sure that I
wanted to may a lot of money for a large bottle of vanilla syrup that I was unsure if I would ever use more than once. I looked at a small bottle of Starbucks Vanilla Syrup for sale, but I noticed the ingredients were mainly water, some other stuff I couldn't
pronounce, and no vanilla? Huh?
I went home, did some research, and came up with my own homemade Vanilla Syrup. This recipe makes 1.5 cups of syrup and I have been using it up in my homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Unlike the store bought brands, this syrup contains
real ingredients and it is very simple.
1 Cup Water
1 1/3 Cups White Granulated Sugar
1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
Place a saucepan on the stove on high heat and immediately add water and sugar. Whisk together until the white sugar dissolves and bring to
a boil. Once the mixture has reached a boil turn down to a medium heat and continue to stir for a couple of minutes until smooth. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Let the mixture cool and transfer into a container with lid for storage.