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Friday's recipe (10/12/12) - Aimee Fortney's pumpkin spice & caramel lattes

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These are so easy to make at home, you might never wait in line, or in a drive-thru line again!

AIMEE FORTNEY'S PUMPKIN SPICE AND CARAMEL LATTES
A stove-top espresso maker is inexpensive, and after making two or three coffee drinks at home, you have paid for it! Much cheaper than $4 and up, per latte.  I found my stove top espresso maker for under $14 at Publix, on the same aisle where coffee is sold!


FOR THE PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE

Espresso - about 3 Tablespoons
water
1 cup vanilla soymilk (or you may use skim or whole milk)
1 Tablespoon pure pumpkin (tip - after opening a can of pumpkin, you can freeze the mixture in a measuring cup, ice cube trays or small containers to use for other recipes, later)
1 Tablespoon sugar (optional)
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice (or cinnamon, etc.  Whatever flavor you desire)

Pumpkin pie spice or Apple Pie Spice for top

Directions:
Fill your espresso machine with espresso, packing it down as you go with the back of a spoon to pack in the espresso.  Follow the manufacturer's instructions for whatever type you have.  For mine, I place the water in the bottom, up to the steam section, then add the espresso in the middle section.  I screw on the "pitcher" which is the top, and place it on the stove top, with the lid flipped off.  Once it starts brewing, close the lid.  When the espresso has finished brewing, you will proceed with the following steps.

Heat 1 cup vanilla soymilk (or milk) with 1 Tablespoon sugar (if desired) and 1 Tablespoon pure pumpkin in the microwave while espresso is brewing.  Place heated soymilk (or milk) in the blender, along with pumpkin pie spice.  Blend to create frothy consistency.  Slowly pour frothy soymilk (or milk) mixture into mug.  Add espresso to the soymilk, then top with whipped cream and Pumpkin Pie Spice (or Apple Pie Spice or Cinnamon) on top.  This is such an easy, inexpensive way to have a treat at home!  

Whipped Cream:
1 cup heavy cream
3 Tablespoons sugar

To make homemade whipped cream, with a whisk or hand mixer, beat heavy cream.  (Always start with a cold bowl and beaters that you have placed in the freezer)  Add sugar and whisk or beat until desired consistency for whipped cream.  Set aside.

FOR THE CARAMEL LATTE

Caramel sauce:
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a sauce pan, melt the butter and stir the brown sugar and heavy cream into butter mixture.  Remove from heat and add vanilla.

For caramel latte, drizzle 1 Tablespoon caramel into soymilk mixture and proceed with the same directions as above.  Once latte is finished, and whipped cream has been added to the top, drizzle more caramel to the top and enjoy!

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