I am fully aware that what I'm about to say will be wildly unpopular. That's okay. I've come to terms with it, but I just think it needs to be said! And it's far enough into the holidays and out of fall that I feel the hype has died down enough to avoid getting egged for the following words:
I. Hate. Like, seriously hate. Pumpkin spice lattes.
here's the biggest reason: I think it's inappropriately named. And I'm
serious. To me, the term "pumpkin spice" indicates the same thing that
the little jars of "pumpkin spice" in the spice section mean: cinnamon,
clove, allspice, etc. What Starbucks and the look-a-likes are actually
serving is Pumpkin Pie Lattes. Without the crust. Maybe Pumpkin Custard
Lattes? But pumpkin spice is literally (yes, literally) spices used to
spice your pumpkin pie. And if that's what the lattes were, then that
would be the tastiest thing this side of Nutella crepes. But it's not.
It's a mug of lies!! That said, I completely respect everyone is enjoys
their mug of lies. I don't have to like everything that Starbucks makes.
But the very least they could do is rename it, and stop filling me with
false hope at every turn.
Now, I'll tell what won't
fill you with sad and bitter remorse of wasted seasons sat in the
office: these pumpkin cinnamon rolls (not pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls -
they're appropriately named).
got the recipe from Smitten Kitchen and didn't change a thing. However,
I did have trouble with the rise. I'm not sure if it's the Pacific
North West working against me, or that the yeast wasn't fully awake (it
was within the expiration date on the label)... I've made them twice and
had trouble both times. On the second round, I was making them for
family after Thanksgiving and couldn't wait for a longer rise. I thinned
the dough with an extra egg, some oil, and some milk to make it into
waffle batter. It made fan-TAS-tic waffles. We topped them with the same
cinnamon roll icing. The batter made exactly 8 waffles for the group.
And exactly 8 cinnamon rolls on the first attempt.
Check out the link here
for the printable version of the recipe at Smitten Kitchen's website.
These rolls are fantastic. But I need to continue tweaking to get these
as fluffy as other rolls I've tried. The flavor is great, though. And
perfect for New Year's morning after a night of partying!