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Pumpkin spice syrup!

This is not a food blog. This will never be a food blog. I’m a decent cook, and heaven knows I love to eat, but I’m awful at actually planning meals or buying all the groceries I need or cleaning the grunge off my stovetop. So this is not a food blog. But I make this very rare exception to post a recipe because I am a coffeeshop junkie and I have spent the last three and a half weeks mustering all my willpower to not spend our month’s grocery budget, $4 at a time, on pumpkin spice lattes. And then this afternoon just when the urge to drink designer caffeinnated beverages was at its strongest, I found a dusty can of pumpkin in the back of my pantry, and the heavens opened and angels sang and I poured and mixed and simmered and tasted until I had a darn close approximation of the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte. So here you go – enough for a big jarful!

2 c. sugar

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. ginger

1/4 tsp. cloves

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1.5 cups pumpkin puree (one 15-oz can)

1 c. water

4 T. vanilla extract (one 2-oz bottle)

Stir together sugar and spices in a medium saucepan. Whisk in pumpkin and water; stir frequently over medium-high heat until mixture is smooth and comes to a low boil. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, and allow to cool. Makes approximately 1 quart. Use to taste in lattes – I started with about 1/4 cup in 12 oz milk and 4 oz espresso.

Bear in mind that this isn’t a very syrupy syrup – once it cools it has more a molasses consistency. But it is so delicious that I am using every ounce of my restraint not to fill my bathtub with it and coat myself in sticky, pumpkiny deliciousness, and then paper myself with all those extra four-dollarses I’ll have lying around.


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