The moment I hear the word maple, my eyes light up. The syrup’s resiny sweetness and its gorgeous golden-amber color get me in the right mood every time. Now imagine using authentic maple syrup to flavor a fluffy cloud of whipped cream and using it to top a warm shot of espresso — now we’re talking, right?
Here’s a fantastic recipe for a spiced maple cream coffee, and it’s easier to put together than you think. You only need five ingredients and five minutes of your time. The result? The most heartwarming and comforting drink to keep you warm even during the coldest winter nights.
Let’s start with the coffee. Of course, we need coffee. I like making this drink short and intense, so I use a shot of espresso. When topped with a tablespoon of spiced maple whipped cream, you get a lovely drink reminiscent of the Italian affogato, but instead of using ice cream, we’re using cream.
Now, if you want a taller drink, substitute the espresso for a cup of freshly brewed coffee, the result is equally tasty, and you get a larger drink.
Then we have the whipped cream, and we’re making it by whipping heavy cream infused with pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup for a fluffy cloud of pure goodness! This is what I call a topping.
The cream alone will turn the coffee into something extraordinary. And although you want to take the first sip of coffee through the cream to feel its airy texture on your lips, by stirring the coffee, you’ll infuse it with the cream’s warm flavors.
As for the sweetener, I like using brown sugar for this one, but I totally understand if you want to use something with fewer calories, so use your favorite sweetener and, as they say, sweeten to taste.
Serve this nice seasonal drink with a thick slice of pumpkin pie or serve it as an after-dinner drink during holiday dinner parties. You can make a large batch of whipped cream and just pour away!
In a mixing bowl, combine the heavy cream, maple syrup and pumpkin pie spices. Whisk until frothy.
Brew the espresso and pour it into a cup.
Top with the whipped cream mixture and garnish with extra pumpkin pie spices.
Sweeten to taste.