ROCKY MOUNT — One of my weaknesses is Starbuck's Grande latté with 3 packets of Splenda. However, I live in a small town, like Tarboro, that doesn't have a Starbucks and I'm a cheapskate and don't want to spend that kind of money on a regular basis. The answer to that is to learn to make your own. Obviously I am not the only one who has that I idea as I found recipes all over the internet. Many of the called for buying expensive equipment. If I have to do that, I might as well drive to Starbucks. So, these recipes don't require anything except blenders and pots. In a few cases they require a little patience. Find me on Facebook and let me know what you think!
Pumpkin Pie Latte
2 Cups Milk
2 Tbsp Canned Pumpkin Pie Mix
2 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tbsp Vanilla
1/2 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 Cup Strong Coffee or Espresso
Mix the milk, pumpkin pie mix and sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly until hot. Remove from heat and add the vanilla, pumpkin pie spice. Transfer to a blender and blend on high or whisk until light and frothy. Divide into two large mugs. Add the hot coffee slowly, pouring down the sides of the mug. Add whipped cream and sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice and enjoy!
Instant Coffee Indian Style
1 Tsp Instant Coffee
Sugar to taste, make a little on the sweet side
A few drops of water
3/4 cups of milk
Add 1 tsp of coffee per desired cup of coffee. Add desired sugar. Add drops of water to form a paste. This will form a dark brown gooey paste. Whip this paste, either by hand or with a small electric whisk, until it becomes light and foamy.
While whipping coffee, bring 3/4 cup of milk (per desired cup of coffee) to almost boiling. Once coffee is light colored and foamy, add to milk. Pour mixture back and forth from one mug to another until thoroughly mixed and slightly cooled.
If you do this in true Indian fashion, you will pour from a height of several meters. I don't recommend this as the milk should be almost boiling! Please be careful!