Friday, September 23, 2011

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Bubbly apple pie.Warm bread. Steaming soup. Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin muffins. Pumpkin bread. Pumpkin cake. Pumpkin soup. Pumpkin cookies. Pumpkin granola... Ok, I'm a little pumpkin heavy when it comes to fall. Although I miss Austin a WHOLE LOT, I am so happy to be in the land of four seasons, where fall treats match the weather!

I'd like to blame my fall obsession on something worthwhile. I'd like to say that maybe just maybe I'm going nuts for fall over here with garlands and homemade goods because I'm trying to encompass the fall spirit for my upcoming performance of Vivaldi's Autumn. But this ritual happens every year, so there's no excuse. Good thing I know most of you are crazy for it, too. I'd love to hear about your favorite fall dishes and traditions!!

To kick this thing off right, I'd like to share a recipe with you from my friend Katelyn. She shares the pumpkin obsession and made a pumpkin syrup that really kicks up your classic latte, chai or cup of coffee. In fact, I'm sure you could put this in a ton of things to make them seasonal.

This is the one syrup you can't buy in stores, so when Katelyn concocted this delicious recipe, I nearly cried with joy. The first time she made it, she used fresh ingredients and whole spices (ground in the coffee grinder.) Highly recommended but jarred spices do the trick quite nicely, too.

Katelyn's Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup
makes about 2 cups

1.5 c water
1.5 c sugar
1 can pumpkin
1 tbs cinnamon
1 tbs nutmeg
1 tbs cloves
2 tsp allspice
1 tsp mace
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp vanilla

- In a small saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil to dissolve. Stir in spices, reduce to a simmer and stir in pumpkin and vanilla. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Allow to cool and store in the fridge in a jar for up to one week.


  1. This is amazing! And has made my fall. I can't wait to make it.

  2. I adore the new header...also, this recipe looks spectacular! Happy fall :)

  3. amazing..but if you want to be really accurate... i usually add in some extra cinnamon when nobody is looking :)

    and also a tsp of vanilla!!!

  4. also that jar is a great success.

  5. whoops! forgot about the vanilla! added it :D :D

  6. Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious.

  7. What a lovely and very original idea! THis could be good with so many things.
    *kisses* HH

  8. Ooh this sounds wonderful. It's always nice to add some festive cheer to a cup of my morning Joe and this is perfect. My daughter loves pumpkin spice lattes, I'll be sure to pass this along to her as well. YUM!

  9. I wonder if you could make a pumpkin martini with your syrup? Only for fall, of course.

    You've changed your picture on the mast head. What are the little buds that you're holding there?

    And about pommes Anna,can't wait to read your post on them! That is a fall dish if there ever was one!

    Really I like fall foods just fine, but I get blue when the sunlight starts to diminish. I think that I start to crave sweets, esp fall themed pies, to lift my spirits.

  10. Creative, poetic and delicious; need to make it for my son and daughter, they will love it!