Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Chai Latte

 I am really excited about this Pumpkin Pie Spiced Chai Latte for two reasons:
1. I made a very cool coffee house drink at home for pennies.
2. I made froth at home without any special equipment and made this drink really look like I bought it at a coffee house.

PS... don't want a hot drink.... allow the drink to cool down in the fridge.  Place drink with a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream in the blender and zap.  Voila, now you have a pumpkin pie spiced chai latte milkshake.  That's how my kids enjoyed it. :)   ( no foam needed for this preparation)

1 1/2 cups of milk (any kind)
1 bag of black tea
1 heaping Tbs pumpkin puree
1 cinnamon stick
2-4 green cardamom pods
2-4 cloves
grated fresh nutmeg ( 10 scrapes)
sweetener of choice (sugar, agave, maple syrup, splenda)

In a saucepan on medium-low heat gently simmer milk, cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom, pumpkin puree, sweetener (of choice), grated nutmeg until hot.

 Then turn off heat and steep tea bag for 2-3 minutes (or longer depending how strong you want the tea flavor).  Strain into coffee mug and drink while hot.  Enjoy. 

How to make foam at home (without frother or machine):

 Supplies: microwave safe container with tight fitting lid.

Place 1/4 cup of milk in container and shake for 45 seconds or longer until froth forms.  Take lid off and place in microwave so the froth floats to the top.  Use a spoon to skim the froth off the milk and place it on your latte.

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