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This maple latte is the perfect latte to make on a crisp fall morning. Made with a homemade pecan, maple and cinnamon syrup for a delicious, cozy latte.
- The homemade pecan & maple infused syrup is what makes this latte taste so good. All natural flavoring makes it taste better than any store bought syrup.
- Making this latte at home is much cheaper, and just as good (if not better) than buying a fancy drink in a cafe.
- The fall flavors mixed into this latte — maple, cinnamon, pecan, vanilla & brown sugar, give this drink an extra cozy feel.
- This is a great latte to serve at a holiday brunch.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Maple Syrup: This is what gives this drink its maple flavor. Make sure to only use authentic maple syrup, as it tastes much better than artificial maple syrup.
- Espresso: Use high quality, freshly brewed espresso. If needed, you can substitute this for instant espresso or a very strongly brewed regular coffee.
- Milk: Whole milk (3.25%) will give the most creaminess to this drink. However, you can use regular milk as well. If substituting with almond milk or oat milk, use a barista blend so it will froth well.
- Pecans: Diced pecans are used to infuse the syrup with pecan flavor.
- Brown Sugar: This adds a caramel flavor to the latte. You can substitute this with granulated sugar if needed, but it won’t have the same rich flavor.
- Fall Spices: Cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla extract are used to make the homemade syrup.
- Salt: A dash of salt helps bring out the other flavors.
- A saucepan to make the maple pecan syrup in.
- A fine mesh sieve to strain out the pecan chunks.
- An electric frother to froth the milk.
Step 1: Melt the butter on a small saucepan over medium heat. Add in the maple syrup, pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and cardamom. Continue to heat on low for 5 to 8 minutes, until the brown sugar has completely melted. Just before removing from the stove, stir in the vanilla extract.
Step 2: Strain out the pecan pieces, and mix the syrup together with the espresso.
Step 3: Use an electric frother to froth the milk. Pour it on top of the espresso and enjoy!
How to Froth Milk Without a Frother
The most effective way to froth milk is using an electric frother or a handheld frother. These give you the frothiest milk, and take the least effort. However, if you don’t have one, here are a couple alternative ways to froth milk:
- Blender: First, warm the milk in a pan or a microwave. Then add the milk to a blender and blend on high for 20 - 30 seconds until the volume increases.
- Mason Jar: First, warm the milk in a pan or a microwave. Add the milk to a mason jar and shake vigorously for 30 seconds to a minute.
- If you want to make this latte several days in a row, make a large batch of syrup and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. This way you can make this latte even on busy mornings.
- When making the syrup, don’t let it boil. Boiling the syrup can cause too much water to evaporate, leaving a sticky, goopy syrup. The syrup should have a liquid consistency.
- If you want to make this an iced maple latte, serve the drink over ice and use the “cold froth” setting on your frother to froth the milk without heating it.
Yes you could try a store bought fall-flavored syrup. However, the taste is never as good as homemade syrup.
Yes. For a vegan version, use a plant based vegan butter. Instead of cow’s milk, use barista oat milk.