Maple Leaf Latte — A new alternative to #PSL season

Every fall I get super excited for return of one of my favorite things.  No, it's not the Pumpkin Spice Latte (I prefer my pumpkin in baked goods). It's Maple Leaf cookie time!

I don't care what the nutritional facts say. A box is two, maybe three, servings tops.  

Now I get that much like so-called "seasonal" drinks these cookies actually are often available year-round, but it's the same deal. When autumn rolls around, these delicious little cookies suddenly receive top billing front and center at the grocery store. And like a sailor of old, I am drawn in by their siren song.

Inspired by their awesomeness and the awesomeness of coffee, we decided to make awesomeness squared – the Maple Leaf Latte. Lattes are two parts milk, making them an ideal coffee compliment to cookies.

The Ingredients 

You will need: 

An AeroPress and S Filter

A beverage container

1 shot espresso (approximately 50 mL)*

2 parts milk (approximately 100 mL)**

1 teaspoon or so of maple syrup

These simple ingredients are going to make you the coolest kid at the coffee bar for the next fall block party.

(If you want a larger drink, adjust your measurements while keeping them roughly 1 part coffee to 2 parts milk)

A couple quick notes on your ingredient list: lower fat milks are supposedly better for steaming/frothing but use whatever your favorite is and experiment a little.  Also feel free to add more or less maple syrup, but keep in mind that it's easy to go overboard with it.

*Brew your espresso with 15g-17g of fresh beans ground extra fine and placed in an upright AeroPress.  Add just enough (approximately 200 F) water to reach the '1' mark.  Start pressing quickly after 30 seconds.

**There are two simple ways to get that steamed milk texture if you don't have access to a real milk steamer.  One way is to heat it on your stove top and whisk it furiously upon removing it from the heat.  (This is not a time to be distracted as milk scalds quite easily.). The other method requires a microwave-safe jar with a lid.  Pour your milk into said jar, cap it securely and shake like the dickens for 30-60 seconds (until the milk looks all foamy).  Take the lid off and microwave the jar uncovered for 30 seconds.  This method is great if you have a little helper or need to burn roughly 17 calories.

The Drink Process

Start by adding your maple syrup to the bottom of your cup. Next add your espresso shot.   Then, using a spoon to hold back the froth, pour your milk into your cup. Feel free to give it a stir and top with the remaining foam.

And there you have it! An easy fall-flavored drink that makes your taste buds stand out in a sea of pumpkin spice. Try it with your favorite cookie today!  Happy Fall!

The creation of this drink/post may have required additional cookies to be purchased as the inspiration kept vanishing.