Coffee is definitely a must, but sometimes it is too cold outside to run to the coffee shop. This amazing recipe lets you keep a big batch of pumpkin spice lattes warm in the slow cooker. Now you can cozy up with a fuzzy blanket and stay inside instead of going out to get coffee!
makes about 8 cups
6 cups water
3/4 cup ground dark-roasted coffee
1/2 cup pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 cups half-and-half
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Sweetened whipped cream, for serving (optional)
Freshly grated nutmeg, for serving (optional)
Brew the coffee with the 6 cups of water in a standard drip coffeemaker. (Alternatively, do it in batches in a French press.) While the coffee is brewing, cook the pumpkin and spices.
Place the pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until heated through and very fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the sugar and cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is simmering at the edges of the pan. Scrape the mixture into a 3-quart or larger slow cooker.
Add the brewed coffee, half-and-half, and vanilla and stir to combine. Cover and cook on the HIGH setting until the mixture is hot and the flavors blend, about 2 hours total, stirring halfway through. When ready, whisk to recombine and switch to the WARM setting; it can be kept warm for up to 2 more hours. (If the bits of spices floating on top bother you, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth and return it to the slow cooker.) Serve in individual mugs topped with whipped cream and nutmeg.