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Maple Pumpkin Spice Cold Foam
This enchanting and creamy topping for your coffee tastes exactly like a warm and oozy apple pie and chilly autumn day!
“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon!”
The first thing that happens to me when the air gets crisp and the leaves begin to turn is that I start craving pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. Muffins, Pancakes, lattes and more recently since Starbucks created it, Pumpkin Spiced Cold Foam for my iced coffee! However, the one and only time I had the Starbucks pumpkin cold brew I was disappointed. It was too sweet , weirdly spiced and not at all what I was craving.
Fortunately, I’ve been spending some time in Asheville North Carolina and recently we went to The Liberty House for coffee and breakfast. It took me 45 minutes of standing in line outside to get my order placed, so I knew that whatever I had was absolutely going to be worth that kind of wait and it was!
One of the things on the menu was a maple cinnamon cold foam which was really intriguing to me. It was over the top, absolutely delicious, creamy and full of cinnamon with a lovely maple flavor. Poured over my coffee, it was sublime. When I asked the server what was in it, he was really gracious and gave me the ingredients. I went backwards in time to when I worked at Williams Sonoma during the holidays and was the front of the store “Hello and welcome to Williams Sonoma “ girl. That was when I learned to use a Breville to make espresso and cold foam in a French press!
Yes! You heard me correctly! In a French Press! The French press is my favorite tool for creating a rich and velvety cold foam, but you can also use a battery powered hand whisk.
This cold foam is quick and easy to make, with 4 simple ingredients and it can be stirred into anything that you’d put milk or cream into. I love to pour it into iced chai tea as well as espresso or iced coffee. It’s also absolutely delicious blended with hot coffee and a couple of tablespoons of pie spiced pumpkin puree. For the record it’s every bit as delicious in your favorite hot drinks drinks as it is over iced beverages. It’s ultimately like the most delicious frosting atop an already perfect cake.
Here’s how you make it! You will need only four ingredients: Cinnamon or Pumpkin Pie spice, maple syrup (or honey!) , heavy cream and 2 % milk. If you can’t have dairy, you can make this easily with canned coconut cream or coconut creamer and coconut milk. Almost any non dairy milk that can be frothed will work! The milks you use should be chilled.
For one serving of cold foam, take 1/4 cup of heavy cream , 2 tablespoons of 2 % milk, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and a teaspoon of cinnamon and put it into the French Press. Truthfully? If I were you I’d double it! You don’t want to do much more than that because you need to give the liquid plenty of room to froth and expand.
Place the plunger into the French Press and move it quickly up and down about 40 times. Open up the French press and check the consistency of the cold foam, it should be just right but if it isn’t about 10 more plunges should do it.
If you’re using the hand frother, put the ingredients into a pyrex pitcher and whisk it until it is the texture you want.
When the cold foam is just right, ladle the rich , creamy foam onto your favorite fall beverage. If it’s a hot espresso or chai tea, please feel free to add a tot of bourbon. I promise you won’t regret it!
At this point I am imagining all of the possibilities. Pumpkin Pie cold foam at Thanksgiving…Rum Syrup and Cinnamon over eggnog….Nutmeg and Vanilla syrup and a touch of liquid smoke ladled over Bourbon Milk Punch and of course…Peppermint and Chocolate at Christmas time!
This last picture is from the day I went back and asked them for extra cold foam….I have no regrets. If you make this for yourself you won’t either.
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