Friday, October 10, 2014

Gingerbread Latte / 3 versions, homemade Cappuccino Drink and homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

I can't decide which of these recipes for Gingerbread Latte that I like best. I think you just have to try them and deice for yourself. I like #3 because it's easy to prepare. The syrup is also good. I'm not crazy about having to buy fresh Ginger for #2, but it does add a stronger flavor of Ginger. I don't usually use fresh Ginger in a recipe.
The Pumpkin  Spice and the Cappuccino are both favorites of ours.
You choose, you decide, you enjoy!

Homemade Gingerbread Latte #1.
1/3 C Water
1/3 C Sugar
A  2" piece of fresh Ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1/4 tsp ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Vanilla 
1/2 C Hot Espresso coffee (if you don't have an Espresso Machine, you can use Instant Medaglia d'Oro Espresso Coffee) It's delicious. 
1 C Hot Milk 
Whipped Cream
In a small saucepan: Water, Sugar, Ginger, Vanilla.
Bring to a boil, stirring until the Sugar dissolves.
Reduce heat and simmer 15 - 20 minutes.
Pour the Espresso into a Mug and add 1/4 C of the Gingerbread Syrup. Top off with heated Milk.
Garnish with Whipped Cream and sprinkle with Nutmeg.
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Homemade Gingerbread Latte #2.

Gingerbread Syrup:
1 1/2 C Water
1 1/4 C granulated Sugar
1 TBS ground Ginger
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground Cloves
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
2 tsp Vanilla

In a saucepan on medium heat:
Stir to combine and bring to a boil without stirring.
Reduce heat and simmer until it begins to thicken, about 10 - 15 minutes.
Swirl the pan without stirring the mixture.
Remove from heat and add Vanilla.
Cool completely.
Transfer to a jar and refrigerate.

To make a Gingerbread Latte:
Add a desired amount of Gingerbread Syrup to a cup of hot Coffee.

Gingerbread Steamers are made with Steamed Milk and added Gingerbread Syrup to taste.

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Gingerbread Latte #3

1/2 C Half and Half
1/2 C Water
1 TBS Instant Coffee ( I use Starbuck's Via)
1/2 tsp Ginger
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Nutmeg

In a saucepan on medium high heat.
Whisk all ingredients.
Heat and serve.

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Cappuccino Drink:

2 C non dairy coffee creamer
1 C instant dry milk
1 1/2 TBS Chocolate Nesquik
2/3 C instant coffee ( I use Medaglia D'Oro instant espresso) ( Folger's or Nescafe)
3/4 C sugar
3/4 C Confectioner's sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
a dash of vanilla

Mix all but the vanilla
Store in a sealed container

Use 3 rounded TBS of the mix per cup of hot water
Add a dash of Vanilla to each cup of Cappuccino.

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte:

1 C Whole Milk
2 TBS Pumpkin Puree
1 TBS Granulated Sugar
1/4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice + additional for garnish.
1/4 tsp Vanilla
1/4 C Hot Espresso Coffee ( I use instant Medaglia d'Oro Espresso Coffee if I'm too lazy to use the Espresso Machine)

In a glass bowl or measuring cup:
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Whisk well.
Heat in  a microwave safe bowl covered with plastic wrap and vent with a small hole.
Heat 1 - 2 minutes.
Whisk vigorously until the milk is foamy, 30 seconds.
Add Espresso Coffee to a Coffee Mug, add foamed milk, top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of Pumpkin Pie Spice.

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