Starbucks Inspired Pecan Praline Latte Recipe

November 19, 2014

So of course on my way to the feed store yesterday morning, I had to stop and try one of Starbucks' new holiday Chestnut Praline Lattes. It was delicious. But between the $5 price tag, the 8 mile drive to the nearest Starbucks, and the reality that the Starbucks latte probably contains some ingredients I really don't want to know about, I decided to try making my own.

This recipe by The Happier Homemaker seemed pretty close, but doesn't involve any chestnuts.  This recipe from does include chestnuts, but roasting chestnuts and carmelizing pecans at 6 o'clock in the morning seemed a bit excessive, even to me! So I took a look at what I had in the pantry and came up with my own version by combining these two recipes....and I have to say it's pretty darned close to the Starbucks version - and far less expensive with minimal effort. So here goes...

Pecan Praline Latte 
(makes two 8-oz drinks, and yes, you will probably drink both of them yourself!)


4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
½ Cup dark brown sugar
Pinch of salt (just a tiny bit)
1 Cup milk
3 Cups strong black brewed coffee

Topping Ingredients

1/2 Cup heavy whipping cream
1/8 teaspoon sugar
1/4 Cup pecans
1/4 Cup dark brown sugar

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low high heat. Add the 1/2 Cup brown sugar and salt and whisk to combine. Continue whisking and when bubbles form around the edges, slowly pour in the milk and bring to a simmer, continuing to whisk until more bubbles form around the edges.  Remove from heat.  

Fill each coffee mug halfway with the milk mixture, then fill to the top with espresso.

For the topping, whip the heavy cream with the sugar until soft peaks form. Add a generous dollop of whipped cream to each mug. Rough chop the pecans with the 1/4 cup brown sugar in your coffee grinder and sprinkle on top.

-Melt the butter in a saucepan-
-Whisk the brown sugar into the melted butter-
-Simmer until bubbles form-
-Chop the pecans with the brown sugar-
-Assemble your latte...and enjoy!-
I would love to know what you think of my concoction, or if you have a different recipe. And yes, I realize this is hardly a diet drink! It's meant to be pure indulgence, but at least it's all natural ingredients right?

Oh, and you might wonder what this post has to do with chickens anyway.....well, I have to admit that coffee is the fuel that keeps this farm girl going! 

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  1. 3 Cups brewed espresso? That's an insane amount of espresso unless you're doing a long pour. Did you mean regular coffee? Espresso shots are 1 to 1.5 ounces of liquid at 50mg of caffeine each. 3 cups is equivalent to 24 shots of espresso. 12 shots in each mug? That's 600 mg of caffeine. That's a heart attack.

  2. Those of us from Seattle... Sounds about right!

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