Ah, pumpkin: Every autumn, either you love it or you hate it. I know a bunch of peeps who are already sick to death of this season’s pumpkin onslaught.
Me? Never. Pumpkin really is one of my favorite things. And not just because I live here in Salem, Halloween capitol of the world.
This little baby is just like a hot chocolate, but with pumpkin instead of cocoa. Think liquid pumpkin pie. If you’re in the pumpkin loving camp, you’re in for a treat.
I could seriously drink these every day this Fall.
In fact, I think I just might.
What if you don’t have pumpkin pie spice?
No pumpkin pie spice? No problem. If you’re a baker, you probably have all the makings in your pantry. (And if you’re not, just throw in 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon or any combination of the spices below…it will still be very tasty.)
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 Tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground clove
Makes about 2 Tablespoons spice
Spike it up
This would be fantastic with a couple of shots of spiced rum. Just saying.
The short version of the recipe goes like this
This is so easy, it’s ridiculous.
Toss all the ingredients into a pot. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, whisking frequently to avoid scorching. Ladle into mugs, top with a generous dollop of whipped cream and dust with a little pumpkin pie spice.
I served mine with Stuffed S’mores Squares (recipe coming soon)!
Harvest Pumpkin Steamer
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup pureed pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Garnish with whipped cream and more spice
Serves about 2
Whip up your steamer
Grab a medium-sized, heavy-bottomed pot. (Why the heavy bottom? A thick bottom on a pot will help distribute the heat more evenly, which can help keep your milk from scorching.) Add the milk, cream, pureed pumpkin, sugar, spice, and vanilla extract.
Whisk until uniform. Bring to a simmer on the stove over medium-high heat, whisking frequently.
Simmer for about 5 minutes, whisking frequently.
Garnish, serve + enjoy!
If you’re adding booze, throw in your shots now. Ladle the hot drink into mugs. Garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.