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Pumpkin Pie Steamer: a Delicious Alternative to Hot Chocolate

Pumpkin pie steamers bring to mind brisk winter days at our favorite Christmas tree farm. A horse-drawn sleigh pulled by ‘Steve’ and ‘Sarah’ – the family’s draught horses – sweeps up through the evergreen trees to a common gathering area.

The clearing holds warming huts surrounded by toasty bonfires, happy farm animals covered in shaggy winter coats, and the most important event of all.

Meeting Santa and feeding his reindeer crispy apple slices is the cherry topper of our trip. We don’t even go for a tree. Ours is artificial.

Laughing at the crazy plumed chickens, hee hawing with the chatty donkey, and sipping pumpkin pie steamers by the bonfire are wonderful family memories that come to mind every time I make a cup of our favorite hot drink.

Every year, we visit the farm to feed the reindeer and run through the trees covered in snow to keep from freezing our tooshes off. The pumpkin pie steamers always come with us.

 

Pumpkin Pie Steamer

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Yield: 1 serving, can easily be doubled or tripled

Serving Size: one 8 ounce cup

Pumpkin pie steamers are a delicious and comforting alternative to hot cocoa.

Whether you want something enticing to impress guests or to indulge yourself after a long day, they deliver big on taste and nobody has to know how easy they are to make.

Ingredients

  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 t fresh grated ginger or 1/2 t dried
  • 1/8 t ground allspice
  • 1/8 t ground cloves
  • small pinch unrefined salt
  • pinch cardamom, optional
  • 1 t honey or maple syrup
  • 8 oz milk or milk alternative (we use coconut milk)

Instructions

  1. Measure spices and maple syrup into small heavy-bottom saute pan.
  2. Heat on medium-low until honey/syrup begins to bubble.
  3. Stir for 30 seconds to release oils from the spices.
  4. Add milk and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Optional: Strain through cheesecloth for smoother texture.

Adjust spices and sweetener to taste. Strength of spices will depend on their age.

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