DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

I can't confess to being a DIY Queen or a culinary creative, but this is so appropriate for #Blogtober, I just had to.

This is a recipe formulated by trial and error and I have tried my best to measure accurately, but like I've said, I'm not experienced in the kitchen so please forgive me if terminology is not entirely accurate. I am a fully trained Barista (albeit not from Starbucks) but I do feel that my past work experience has given me some advantages and I've tried to share some tips with you along the way.

I'd be lying if I said homemade Pumpkin Spice latte had any advantages, it's more expensive and more time consuming than just popping to Starbucks and buying one for £3. But this is very fun to do and definitely gets you in the Autumn spirit!  If you live for this time of year, you'll definitely enjoy doing this. Plus, it's definitely more Pinterest/Instagram-worthy. So, without further ado, on with the recipe:

You will need 
Canned Pumpkin
Vanilla Essence
Espresso (I am using Vanilla espresso pods from Nespresso)
Cinnamon Ground
Crushed Cinnamon Sticks (I bought mine ready crushed)
Cinnamon Stick/s
Ground Pepper
Whole milk
Whipped cream

Espresso machine
Wooden Spoon

Step one: In a saucepan, mix a table spoon of canned pumpkin with a heap tea spoon of cinnamon ground and a dash of pepper over medium heat. Stir continuously until you have a thick brown jelly-like substance and it smells cooked.
Step two: Add a tablespoon of sugar and stir until you get a bubbly, viscous liquid.

Step three:
Barista tip: To measure how much milk you need, first pour it into the mug you'll be drinking the finished PSL from. Remember to account for space for the espresso.
Add milk and two tablespoons of vanilla essence. Stir until it's piping hot, but don't let it boil over!

Step four: Pour into a blender and blend until there's no more lumpy pumpkin and the milk is frothy. Then pour into your mug.
Step five: Add one shot of espresso. I've used vanilla espresso pods for the sweeter flavour. Barista tip: Espresso is supposed to be added last when making a latte. Add it to the milk in one swift, quick movement, this will make the espresso 'melt' into the milk like an even gradient, resulting in the best texture, flavour and aesthetic (because Instagram is important, right?!)
Step six: Add whipped cream. Barista tip: Don't add whipped cream in a circular motion. Instead use zig zag/side-to-side actions to build a stable base, then use a circular motion at the very top. Creating a zig zag base will stop the whipped cream melting into the coffee.
Step seven: Add ground cinnamon sticks and stick a cinnamon stick in the whipped cream for the most Instagram worthy PSL you'll have this year. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed this slightly different post from me, I really enjoyed formulating my own PSL recipe so the whole process was fun! Do let me know if you have a go yourself!

PS: love the photos in this post? Check out my guide for taking the perfect Autumn photographs!
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  1. This looks splendid. Even if it costs more, the advantage is the fun you had making it. :)

  2. Oh wow!! This looks very yummy, I always carve pumpkins with my children but have never used them in recipes xXx

  3. I have never been a spiced latte fan but I have to admit this looks delicious and so fun to make!

  4. That looks amazing. Going to try and give it a go

  5. As a trained starbucks Barista, espresso is actually supposed to be added first to a latte! But this looks delicious, and way better than the one Starbucks actually sell (which is just a luminous orange syrup, yuk!) and I will defo try this!!!

    1. I think it's mostly because Starbucks tend to do coffee art on their lattes, which obviously can't be done adding Espresso the proper way. All about aesthetics but personally I wouldn't say it creates the same texture, ends up being more like a cappuccino consistency whereas a latte should be quite thin and milky. I was constantly taught to add espresso last in a quick fashion to get the gradient.

  6. Good mouth is watering. Scrumptious:-))

  7. This sounds lovely and well worth the effort in making it.

  8. Hello
    Lovely recipe!
    Thanks for sharing

  9. Sounds lovely 🤞 perfect for Halloween

  10. sounds delish! really miss drinking coffee, but it makes me feel queazy

  11. This looks so good, can't wait to try this :)

  12. Yes. Yes. Yes. I finally found a pumpkin puree so yi will try it today ☺️