Hot Milk with Gingerbread Spices and Molasses

Servings: 1 serving(s)

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

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My great grandmother used to say “If there’s room in your heart, there’s room in your house.”

warm milk with gingerbread spices and molasses

Hot Milk With Gingerbread Spices…Like three drinks in one.

  • This warming drink is like a holiday hug, something you can enjoy in the evening when you’re wrapping gifts into the wee hours.
  • Hot spice milk is a great stand-in for eggnog too for those of us who find old fashioned, or store-bought, eggnog far too rich.
  • And finally, I like to drink in in place of hot chocolate after a walk in the cold. It’s just sweet enough and isn’t as filling as chocolate.

Sometimes I add a little coconut milk to mine for extra sweetness. You could also froth the milk if you like your milk foamy on top.

You can turn this into a Gingerbread Latte with a little strong coffee. Here’s how:

Getting back to simple…

In the final rush and preparation for Christmas I hope you find time to pause.

Wishing you much warmth and joy throughout this happy season.

 

hot milk with gingerbread spices and molasses

Hot Milk with Gingerbread Spices and Molasses Recipe

  • 1 cup of milk (can use coconut milk)
  • 1 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • Generous pinch of gingerbread spices
  1. In a small pot bring the milk to a simmer.
  2. Remove from the heat and whisk in the molasses and spices.
  3. Pour into your favourite cup.

Makes one serving.

Gingerbread Spice Blend

  • 2 tsp. ginger
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. allspice
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. cloves

Blend spices and store in a cool, dry place.

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Gingerbread Latte | An Excuse to Slow Down

Servings: 1 serving(s)

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

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Gingerbread Latte naturally sweetened with molasses

A cosy drink for chilly days…

The Gingerbread Latte is new to me. And I have to say that although I have never been drawn to flavoured coffees this new concoction has become a favourite.

Lightly sweetened with molasses and gently spiced with a lovely gingerbread spice blend, this Gingerbread Latte has become a very comforting drink. Sipping one is a way to slow down during this very busy time of year, which is a gift of sorts.

Making a Gingerbread Latte at home couldn’t be easier, although it feels like a bit of an indulgence. All it takes are four ingredients and a couple of minutes. Molasses is such an ideal way to sweeten this spiced drink. It adds flavour that complements the coffee and the spice, and molasses isn’t too sweet. So unlike hot chocolate, a Gingerbread Latte doesn’t leave you feeling like you over did it.

In this hectic week leading up to Christmas, take a moment for you, curl up in a cosy chair and enjoy a warm Gingerbread Latte.

Gingerbread Latte with Molasses Recipe

One serving

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup espresso or strong coffee
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1/8 tsp. or a generous pinch gingerbread spices (recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup milk

Instructions:

  1. In a mug stir together the coffee, molasses and spices.
  2. Bring the milk to a simmer, either on the stovetop or in a microwave.
  3. Froth the milk with a whisk or frother.
  4. Pour frothed milk over the coffee, sprinkle lightly with gingerbread spices and serve.

 

Gingerbread Spice Blend

  • 2 tsp. ginger
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. allspice
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. cloves

Blend spices and store in a cool, dry place.

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Servings: 2 serving(s)

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

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 When you make your Pumpkin Spice Latte at home you know exactly what you’re drinking. No unknown ingredients. No funny flavours. And you can adjust the flavours according to what you like best.Pumpkin spice latte recipe

Enjoy your pumpkin Spice Latte at home when you learn how easy it is to make yourself.

I never knew what all the fuss was about — this Pumpkin Spice Latte craze.

These flavoured lattes are on the menu in coffee shops everywhere but I always steered clear of them because I was never quite sure what was in them (artificial flavours? Artificial sweeteners?) But a coffee lover can only hold off so long and I finally caved in. Only, instead of heading off to my nearest Starbucks or Second Cup, I searched up a recipe and made my own at home.

When you make your Pumpkin Spice Latte at home you know exactly what you’re drinking. No unknown ingredients. No funny flavours. And you can adjust the flavours according to what you like best. Make it sweeter, less spicy, add more whipped cream, less whipped cream. Use this recipe as a guide and make your perfect Pumpkin Spice Latte.

This is a warming drink that feels like a real indulgence. The pumpkin flavour is mild but noticeable and the pumpkin puree thickens the latte a bit. Molasses is the perfect sweetener since it complements the spice and is such a great pairing with coffee.

Make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice blend

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

All natural, homemade

Serves 2

  • 1 cup strong coffee or espresso
  • 1 cup milk (can use coconut milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or a pinch each of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • pinch salt
  • Whipped cream (can use whipped coconut milk)
  1. Pour coffee, milk and vanilla into a medium saucepan. Wisk in pumpkin, spices and salt.
  2. Warm gently and remove from heat just before it comes to a simmer.
  3. Pour into a blender, add molasses, and whirr for 5 seconds.
  4. Pour into two mugs and top with a dollop of whipped cream.

 Recipe adapted from Mommypotamus

 

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Iced chai tea latte with molasses

Servings: 1-2 serving(s)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

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Iced chai latte with molasses; a little slushy, a little frothy and a little sweet.

Cold drinks are a joy in the summer. Even better are cold drinks that are a little bit slushy.

To me that’s a back-deck indulgence. One of those little ways to enjoy summer just a little bit more. Like sitting to admire the flowers growing, and giving thanks that another school year has finally wrapped up. (To bid goodbye to Wow Butter until September.)

I remember that giddy feeling of freedom as we’d  walk out of the school and into summer holidays on that final day each June. It was always hot and sunny, and our over-stuffed backpacks were an effort to drag home. Report cards were an afterthought.

We’d eat lunch on the deck and marvel at the fact that, at that particular moment, the entire summer stretched before us.

Do you have those sorts of memories?

Iced chai latte with molasses; a little slushy, a little frothy and a little sweet.
 

What never occurred to me was that my mom was probably about to explode with the thrill and relief of packing away the school routine for two months.

I know that now because I’m a mom and the final two weeks of school can practically do you in with thank you note writing and thank you cookie baking and teacher gift buying and remembering to send in a white t-shirt for tie-dying on Friday and signing the permission form for the end-of year field trip and packing the sunscreen for the field trip…

This is a sit-in-the-sun drink to usher in the beginning of summer…

Iced chai tea latte with molasses

Makes one generous serving

  • 1 cup milk (can substitute nut or soy milk)
  • 1 tea bag chai tea
  • 2 tsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 6-8 ice cubes
  1. Place milk and tea bag in a small pot and bring to a simmer.
  2. Remove from heat and let steep 5 minutes, pressing down on the tea bag with a spoon a few times.
  3. Remove tea bag from milk, transfer to a blender and add cinnamon, molasses and ice cubes.
  4. Whirr until it’s slushy and a little foamy.
  5. Transfer to a glass and garnish with a sprinkling of cinnamon.

Try this with coffee too! Simmer coffee with milk (you decide on the proportions) and add it to the blender with the molasses and ice cubes.

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