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Homemade Pumpkin Coffee Creamer

Fall is here!  Sadly, we don’t have fall in Guatemala… I would love to watch the leaves change color in all the beautiful trees we have around, but I know I shouldn’t complain, we have mostly great weather all year long.  Even if we don’t get to watch the leaves turn into orange and red hues, the weather does begin to get a little chillier, and we have the best sunsets this time of year.   So, to start  settling into the season, I made this coffee creamer using canned pumpkin puree.

I wasn’t sure about using maple syrup for this, but it’s a definite key ingredient. Don’t skip it, and use pure maple syrup, if possible.  Another critical step and I urge you not to skip, is to strain the mixture.  If you don’t, you’ll get grit at the bottom of your mug… you’ll feel like you’re drinking coffee with dirt in it.   You can guess how I know…

As far as the flavor goes.  It is sweet, you can taste the maple, spices and pumpkin, which make it a lovely fall beverage.  I wouldn’t drink it every day, but it’s a definite must for this season.

 Helga

Homemade Pumpkin Coffee Creamer

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Corn Atole (Sweet Corn and Milk Beverage)

This is one of the most popular beverages in Guatemala, and it can be made with yellow or white corn.  I learned how to make it using yellow corn, and you can choose to make it either with water or with milk.  I prefer to prepare it with milk, because it gets a more consistent and creamy texture, but it is up to you.   When you reach step 5 of the procedure, it is important that you stir the mixture all the time, otherwise it can curdle.

For those of you who are not familiar with corn atole, this is a traditional Central American hot beverage made from corn that is blended (raw) with a little water or milk, and then cooked with some sugar an cinnamon until it thickens up, resulting in a silky smooth beverage.  In Guatemala we especially like to drink this in the “cold” months at the end of the year.  We would love to hear about you trying our recipe!

Helga

Corn Atole (sweet corn and milk beverage)

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Homemade Almond Milk

Have you tried Almond Milk?  I’ve tried both the homemade and the store bought version.  The difference I find between the two is that the store bought version seems thicker (thanks to the added xantan and /or gellan gum you’ll find in the ingredients), but there definitely is a cost benefit to making it yourself.  Of course, who the heck has the time to make it regularly, right?

Homemade almond milk is really easy to make though, so if you can find some time, on a Sunday perhaps… you should definitely try making it.  Just soak almonds in boiling water inside the blender for a while, then add more water and blend. That’s it!

The time consuming part comes with the straining.  You need to strain it to separate the solids left over from the blending process.  Actually, I had to strain it twice because I only had a fine sieve to do it.  I’m sure if I had some cheesecloth, or maybe a new and clean tea towel I could use for this purpose, it would have been easier.   I did find it a bit too watery, though.  I used a 1 cup almonds to 4 cups water ratio.   Maybe next time I’ll add another 1/2 cup of almonds to make it a bit “creamier”.

Hot Vanilla

This is the opposite of hot chocolate. Before I wrote this post, I wanted to try it out for myself. I figured it would only taste like sugared milk, and… well, frankly I didn’t want to give you a crappy recipe. I simmered the ingredients, poured it into my Irish coffee mugs, not expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised!  This hot beverage is so delicious, all I can tell you is… go heat some milk, you need to try this. Right now.

I used McCormick’s pure vanilla extract, and added some whipped cream and marshmallows on top. This will go into my favorite hot beverages list… next to hot chocolate, of course.  Oh, and coffee.

This post also reminded me about how warm milk before going to bed can supposedly help you sleep. Have you tried it? I don’t have an issue with sleep myself, I’m gone 3 minutes after my head hits the pillow! But I did a little reading on the subject, and here’s an interesting article  I thought I’d share with you: Is it true that warm milk can make me sleepy?

Helga

Hot Vanilla

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