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Easy Salted Caramel Latte

Easy Salted Caramel Latte @ NancyC

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If you want to treat yourself on a chilly day, think about making yourself a nice hot caramel latte! This recipe makes a creamy and slightly sweet latte. I don’t like overly sweet coffee drinks myself, but if you like yours sweeter, you can add an extra Tablespoon of caramel topping to your coffee/milk mixture. And you’ll definitely want to top this latte with some whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel topping, and a dash of sea salt–the sea salt gives it just the right punch!

NonnisBiscottiWhen you’re enjoying this latte, you may want to have biscotti to go along with it. I recently had the chance to try some limited-edition holiday biscotti flavors from Nonni’s®–I received a box of their Cranberry Cioccolati Biscotti and Gingerbread Biscotti. The Cranberry Cioccolati flavor is dipped in rich dark chocolate, and since I’m a big fan of dark chocolate, that flavor was my favorite. But the Gingerbread biscotti, dipped in white icing, was also good and had a nice gingery, spicy flavor. There are also two other flavors that I haven’t tried–Caramel Apple Biscotti and Pumpkin Spice Biscotti–and those sound really good, too! Not only are these holiday biscotti flavors great for snacking, they also make nice stocking stuffers and food gifts, since they’re individually wrapped.

Easy Salted Caramel Latte II @ NancyC

Here’s the latte recipe if you want to try it out!

EASY SALTED CARAMEL LATTE by NancyC

Makes 1 serving

  • 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 2 Tablespoons Half & Half (light cream)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon caramel ice cream topping
  • dash of sea salt
  • Whipped cream and additional caramel topping for garnish

Combine coffee, Half & Half, milk, and caramel topping in a microwave-safe container. Heat for about 60 seconds, or until mixture is hot. Stir with a spoon to combine ingredients.

Pour mixture into a serving cup. Top with whipped cream, lightly drizzle with caramel topping, sprinkle lightly with sea salt, and serve.

This latte is so easy to make! And tastes great with biscotti! Do you make your own fancy coffee drinks at home?

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Pumpkin Pie Latte

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I was ready for a nice coffee break last weekend ago and decided to treat myself to a Pumpkin Pie Latte. No, I didn’t go to a coffee shop for my latte–I made it right at home, and it was really good! I substituted honey for sugar and made it slightly differently from the original recipe. If you’ve always wanted to try making your own coffee-shop style coffee drink, you’ll need to try this, especially if you are fond of pumpkin-flavored things!

HahnsCrumbCkAnd if you really want a sweet break, you can have your latte with a yummy piece of coffee cake! I had the opportunity to try some samples of Hahn’s Old Fashioned Crumb Cakes, also known as “a taste of Old New York,” and they were so delicious! Hahn’s is a family-owned and operated business (for over 30 years) and they bake all their cakes fresh every day, delivering within 1 to 2 business days. Their crumb cakes are made with extra-large handmade crumbs that are so yummy and popular you can even purchase a “Bucket of Crumbs” to snack on! If you love coffee cakes, you’ll definitely want to try one of their crumb cakes. I sampled three of them from their variety pack: their Old Fashioned Crumb Cake, Chocolate Crumb Cake, and Raspberry Crumb Cake. They were all wonderfully dense and moist with Hahn’s signature rich, buttery crumbs on top. Since I’m partial to chocolate, I think the Chocolate Crumb Cake was my favorite, but honestly, they are all really good. These cakes would also make great gifts for the holidays–you can order the cakes and have them delivered to friends and family for a special treat!

Now back to the latte–it has a great lightly sweet-and-spicy, creamy pumpkin flavor–not overly sweet or spicy, but just right. I made mine with skim milk, but if you want yours a little richer you can use whole milk. This recipe makes one serving–to make more, just multiply the ingredients by the number of servings you want to make!

PUMPKIN PIE LATTE by NancyC, adapted from Taste of Home

Makes 1 serving

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or substitute ground cinnamon)
  • 1/4 cup hot brewed Easy Espresso (see recipe below; you can use 1/3 cup if you want a stronger coffee flavor)
  • Whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice (or ground cinnamon)  for garnish

EASY ESPRESSO (makes enough espresso for 2 lattes)

  • 1/4 cup ground coffee
  • 3/4 cup cold water

Place ground coffee in the filter of a drip coffeemaker. Add water; brew according to manufacturer’s instructions.

In a small saucepan, combine milk and pumpkin. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until steaming (about 3 minutes; do not let the mixture boil). Stir in the honey, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice, continuing to heat for another minute. Remove from heat and transfer to a blender; cover tightly and blend for 15 seconds or until foamy (If you’re making multiple servings, I recommend just filling the blender no more than half full so the hot pumpkin mixture won’t overflow while blending; so you may need to blend several different batches).

Pour espresso into a mug and add the foamy pumpkin/milk mixture. Garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice.

I’m no expert at making fancy coffee drinks, so I was so pleased that this latte turned out well! Do you have a favorite special coffee drink you like making?

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