Growing up in Michigan, Fall was always my favorite season. The leaves turn colors, the air becomes crisp and cool — perfect for a hot drink and a stroll to see the beauty of it all. Fall in Florida is much different. Each day you wake up hoping you won’t sweat just walking out to your car and praying for the day when the humidity and temperature breaks so you can start enjoying the sunshine. This time of year leaves me a little homesick for the one perfect weekend that captures all the Northern Fall glory. My remedy is pumpkin. I love using it as many ways as I can, and pumpkin in a hot, caffeinated beverage is even better. Needless to say I love the pumpkin spice drinks from the coffee shops and couldn’t wait until the creamers were out in stores. That was until I looked at the high prices and the ingredient list — which, most of the time, shows no evidence of real pumpkin. So why buy what you can make.
After trying several different base creamer recipes I settled on this one from Reclaiming Your Castle that uses milk and sweetened condensed milk. The sweetened condensed milk mixes nicely and gives a rich creaminess in the coffee. Once I had the base then I started adding my pumpkin spices.
Many recipes call for only using pumpkin pie spice. To me the real flavor of a pumpkin pie comes from all that spicy goodness. My husband often make his own Chai tea lattes so I used those spices as well as the packaged pumpkin pie spice. The whole spices really do make the difference and are worth the effort of finding.
And, here’s the kicker: this recipe contains real pumpkin — or canned, anyway. While roast pumpkin would be wonderful, canned works just as well. And it saves you time.
Since milk can scorch easily this is not a dish to walk away from and will need to be stirred frequently at the beginning and occasionally later on. If it boils, it gets too thick and hard to pour.
The end result is a warm and flavorful taste of Fall.
Pumpkin & Spice Coffee Creamer Recipe
- 14 oz can Sweetened condensed milk
- 2 cups milk
- 3 oz pureed pumpkin
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie seasoning
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 star anise
- 6 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
- 6 cloves, lightly crushed
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Bring milk, sweetened condensed milk and pumpkin to a simmer, stirring constantly
- Add pumpkin pie seasoning, cinnamon, cardamom and clove and continue to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Add honey and stir for 1 additional minute
- Remove from heat and strain
- Stir in vanilla extract