Urban Nester tells us that she has unlocked the secret of creating that amazing autumn beverage we all love at home with her Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe!

 

There’s no way we could turn a treat like this down, especially when there is enough to share.

 

Join us for a test-run that could take the crockpot to a whole new level of awesome!

 

Please click here to visit Urban Nester and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Sarah

Mission: To find an easy way to recreate the coveted Starbucks Pumpkin Spice latte – with a crockpot no less!

 

Details:

cooking - SarahI’m currently living a Paleo lifestyle, so I wanted to adjust this recipe to work for me.

  • I substituted dairy milk with almond milk.
  • I also decided to substitute homemade maple syrup for the confectioners sugar.

Once I got everything ready, I followed the directions closely. Since I was substituting the sugar with maple syrup…

  • I cut the amount to 6T since it was a liquid sweetener vs. sugar.

As soon as I poured in the vanilla extract, I decided that 8T was probably too much – I instantly smelled the alcohol and wasn’t too keen on it. I instantly wished I would have cut the amount down a bit.

  • In addition, based on comments on the recipe post, I decided to up the ante on the strength of my coffee and did about 1.5 teaspoons of the instant coffee I used per cup vs. just 1 teaspoon.

As it cooked in the crockpot, my kitchen began to smell of fall, which was awesome! I loved the scent it left around my home – so festive. This is my favorite time of year, so anything making it feel even more festive is so fun!

Once the latte had cooked for two hours, I gave it a whirl! It was much better than straight black coffee, but it just didn’t turn out as awesome as I had hoped. I have no doubt if I tried it as specified that I would have really liked the end result. I did forget to pick up some cinnamon sticks, so I lacked the extra sizzle those would have added.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Be open to trying all recipes – in my opinion you can adapt most of them to work for your own eating habits. Adapting this recipe to meet my Paleo lifestyle worked just fine!

Pros:

Super easy to prep and a fantastic idea for a group gathering.

Cons:

Didn’t love the end result as much as hoped.

It was a bit slimy from the pumpkin puree and it had a strong aftertaste, which wasn’t super pleasant. I’m not sure if the aftertaste was due to the vanilla extract, the additional coffee I added or the lack of sugar.

We Tried It - Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

Conclusion:

Unfortunately, I probably won’t try this again as much as I’d like to say I would.

It is a fabulous idea and some may love it!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: A great way to combine some of my favorite things: pumpkin, coffee and time with friends!  The lovely Alicia joined me to whip up this fall delight.

 

Details:

We measured everything out and followed the recipe to a “T”, including the massive amount of vanilla called for.  Good thing I had homemade vanilla on hand by the boatload from last year’s Christmas gifts!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

My Crock-Pot cooks at warp-speed, so I knew that this drink would be done in half the time.  After an hour, we checked and it was indeed done!  I wouldn’t cook it any longer.

I would think about adding more (if not doubling) the amount of pumpkin and spices in the future, as well as adding more of the strong coffee and less milk to get that “Pumpkin Spice” flavor that we all know and love.

I’d skip the cinnamon sticks, too.  While they’re a super cute garnish, I felt like adding more cinnamon spice may have been better.

Tap a little Pumpkin Pie Spice over your whipped cream for a little coffee shop flare.

Pros:

Pretty darn tasty after an hour, and very easy to throw together!

Cons:

This needs to be enjoyed as soon as it’s done.  By the time we had gone back for seconds, the milk tasted like it was a little funky.

Then, after Alicia left, I tried adding a little more pumpkin puree and it got even funkier.  Bummer.

We Tried It - Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

Conclusion:

Sweet and a little spicy.  A nice change from the regular weekend coffee routine, although I would cut the recipe in half to make sure that you can enjoy it all before it gets weird.

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Kristy

Mission: Nothing better than the smell of pumpkin spice to bring you into the fall season! This is by far my favorite drink this time of year!

 

Details:

Cooking - Kristy

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Refrigerate the left overs!  I read a lot of questions on the original post regarding this and I must say, it was just as good the next day!

I would use a tad bit less vanilla, as I think it took away from the spice.  I will try Pumpkin Pie Spice next time as I like a richer taste of the pumpkin spice!

Pros:

Cheaper than Starbucks and can made in large patches to share!

Cons:

Travelling with this is scary in that crock pot!  Get a large thermos!

We Tried It - Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

Conclusion:

Mike and I both enjoyed it!  We aren’t coffee drinkers so it was a nice treat to have in the morning!  A couple of tweaks and I believe this will rank higher on my list than Starbucks!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Amanda

Mission: Kick fall off with a crock of pumpkin goodness.

 

 

Details:

I mostly followed the original recipe minus the whipping cream.

  • I used skim milk and pure Vanilla Extract.
  • For the coffee I used 6 shots of espresso (we like it strong in our house). Since this meant less liquid I did substitute in an additional cup of milk.

I set the timer on my crockpot for an hour to be certain I stirred it often enough. I find that cooking with dairy products in the crockpot can be touchy. After an hour the milk had already started to get a little border line curdled so I decided to give it a good stir and taste it. The flavors had already combined so I turned the crock off and poured a glass.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Definitely cook on low and really watch your time since crocks can vary in temperature.

Pros:

Very easy to throw together and made the house smell like fall.

Cons:

Dairy in the crock is still risky in my mind and after an hour it was heading into bad places which proved my theory right.

We Tried It - Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

Conclusion:

If I made this recipe again I would change a few of things. I would reduce the amount of vanilla. The flavor was far too intense. I would say half would be enough. I would also reduce the cook time and strain the liquid before serving. The pumpkin seemed to just settle at the bottom which was kind of gross.

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #5 – Alicia

Mission: To create a yummy beverage for fall/cooler weather at Maren’s house. Who doesn’t love spice lattes and going to Maren’s?!

 

Details:

Cookin' MH + AWWe stuck to the ingredients just as they were recommend by Urban Nester, even the ½ cup of vanilla extract – really?!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

This recipe is as easy as it sounds. Add everything to the crockpot and heat on high for about 2 hours.

Maren and I thought 8Tbsp or ½ cup seemed like a lot of vanilla extract, but oh so good.

We also thought that the pumpkin flavor was not as noticeable and adding a bit more was definitely needed.

Pros:

This was deliriously delicious and it makes a huge batch.

Cons:

Large crockpot needed or cut the recipe in half.

We Tried It - Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

Conclusion:

I am not a coffee drinker. If I do indulge in a cup, it is severely flavored with cream and sugar with a splash of coffee. Maren was so kind to invite me over and try this recipe. It was delicious and tastes even better when chatting with a friend. We laughed and giggled our way through this recipe and it was a success! I will definitely make this again.

 

 We Tried It - Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Lattes!


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Your Homebased Mom has dangled a pretty carrot in front of us dressed as a truly perfect for the season, Strawberry Cream Pie
 
Fresh fruit with a sweet and creamy kicker!?  How could we resist?

 

There’s always room for dessert…

 

Please click here to visit Your Homebased Mom and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Sheri

Mission:  Find a fresh new dessert that everyone will love. After seeing this pin I knew I wanted to try it. I love all desserts with strawberries.

 

Details:

There was the post, then the ingredients for all three parts, and then the instructions for all three parts.  I had to read this one through a few times to put it all together, but once I broke it down, it was a breeze.

  • There were instructions for two types of crust. I chose the graham cracker crust (just a personal preference). I started with the crust, which is quite simple; it’s your basic crushed grahams with melted butter. You could even use a store-bought crust.
  • I then went onto the filling. Oh, the filling. I could just eat the filling! Cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and some freshly whipped cream. To die for! Needless to say, I was selfish and didn’t call the kids to come in and lick the bowl. I stuck it in the refrigerator while I worked on the next part…the glaze.
  • The recipe called for “crushing” the strawberries. I wasn’t quite sure how to go about that so I grabbed my mini-food processor and gave it a few pulses. Worked like a charm. I combined the sugar, cornstarch, water, and strawberries and let it cool just a bit while I assembled the pie together and layered the fresh strawberries.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Definitely let the pie chill a few hours before serving as advised in the original post.

I recommend making it for a crowd so there are no leftovers. No need to find yourself, spoon in hand, and head in the refrigerator at 3am (hanging head in shame).

Sheri - Pie 1

Pros:

Crazy delicious.

Cons:

The effect it will have the hips.

Sheri - Pie 2

Conclusion:

This dessert was beyond delicious. My son called it “deeeee-licious” and “the best new dessert ever.”

I will most likely make it again, possibly for Labor Day weekend. I might eliminate the glaze this time around. I found it a little over the top for my liking.  I think the best part of the pie was the filling combined with the fresh strawberries. I feel the glaze took away from it a bit.

Either way, you’ll be licking the bowl, the spatula, the spoon, and possibly your plate.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: I love baking, but I’m still new to the pie thing.  This recipe looked like the kind of things dreams are made of, so I had to give it a try!

 

Details:

  • I love me a graham cracker crust, so there was no question which one I’d pick!  I used the chopper attachment for my beloved Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender to chop up the graham crackers and it worked like a charm!
  • I used three 16oz packages of strawberries – the ugly ones went into the glaze, the pretty berries made it to the top of the pie!
  • I used my pastry cutter to mash up the strawberries for the glaze.  Worked like a charm!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I really liked how the official recipe was broken up into three parts, because that’s just how I made it!  I made the crust the night before, then the filling followed by the glaze!  Easy Peasy!

I didn’t realize that the filling would firm up as much as it did, so next time, I’ll blend on high-speed sooner to make sure that I kick out any lumps (even though you couldn’t tell that they were even there in the end).

Just like Leigh Anne says, stir stir stir that glaze!  I was worried when it had an opaque appearance then BAM! it was perfect – then get that glaze off the heat, because it really firms up fast.  I think that next time, I would use a flat bottom whisk to make sure it’s super smooth.

Maren - Strawberry Pie 1

Pros:

Holy hell, this was amazing.  We’re talking, eat-until-you-feel-like-a-contestant-in-a-pie-eating-contest amazing.  Um, that’s just what I heard.

Cons:

If one did eat this every day for a week, per se, I wonder if her pants would fit the following week?

Maren - Strawberry Pie 2

Conclusion:

This pie is the most perfect combination of sweet and fresh that is perfect for any summertime gathering.  I cannot wait to make this again.

The cream filling is actually so lightly sweet and perfect, that I think that I may either cut the glaze in half next time, or omit it all together.  The filling, graham cracker crust and fresh strawberries are simply perfect.  The glaze is the kick in the pants!

 
 

Reviewer #3 – Kristy

Mission: This just looked absolutely scrumptious! Always looking for a sweet treat and I don’t make many desserts especially pies, so it looked like it was worth trying!

 

Details:

  • Ok, I will admit, I cheated…I bought a store-bought graham cracker crust!  Well worth it to me, I bought an extra-large 9inch crust.
  • I bought two crates of fresh strawberries! Yum!
  • I got to break out my handy KitchenAid Stand Mixer for the filling!  I wish I used it more!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

This was my first time making a glaze, I was a little intimidated!  When it becomes a red clear mixture it’s done and be sure to stir, as I had my heat on too high and I definitely had a sticking issue.

Follow the 3 hours of chilling process, as I didn’t chill this long and you can tell when you slice into the pie.

Kristy - Strawberry Pie 1

Pros:

This is one top ranking pies!

I served it to Mike’s family, they were actually fighting over the last pieces of pie!

Easy and delicious!

Cons:

None!

Kristy - Strawberry Pie 2

Conclusion:

Definitely worth making!! This could even be made as an individual serving in a mini muffin tin for parties!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Janet

Mission: Make a dessert fit for a summer family gathering.

 

 

Details:

  • I made a homemade pie crust and purchased the rest of the ingredients from the grocery store.
  • Strawberries were on sale that week, thankfully, because I bought about 4 pints. I only used two pints for this recipe, though I did go through all of them to pick out the smallest and most ripe ones for the filling.

For once I didn’t stray from the ingredients list!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I always wondered if pie weights are actually useful, and after baking a bottom crust without filling in it, I figured out why. My crust bubbled up on the bottom, but it didn’t affect my pie too much. Make sure to prick the bottom and sides with a fork to prevent this from happening or invest in some pie weights.

Make your crust and glaze first and let those both cool down to room temperature before putting in the cream filling. Once you get the filling in, let it set in the fridge for about 10 minutes before putting in the berries.

Don’t be afraid of homemade whipped cream…trust me when I say it is SO EASY! Put a medium-sized bowl in the fridge overnight to cool, then take your cup of heavy whipping cream and whip away! Mine seemed to take a while to thicken, so I put ice and some cold water in a bigger bowl, placed my medium bowl over the ice, and it thickened in a snap!

Janet - Strawberry Pie 1

Pros:

DELICIOUS!!

I brought it to a family get-together and it was gone in no time. We thoroughly enjoyed it, and I was especially happy I didn’t have to take tempting leftovers home!

Cons:

No bad review for this recipe!

Janet - Strawberry Pie 2

Conclusion:

A great summer dessert recipe! I received wonderful reviews from my future family-in-laws, one aunt even said it reminded her of a strawberry pie she had when she was younger.

I thank Your Homebased Mom for helping me impress my future-in-laws with this recipe!

 

 

Reviewer #5 – Amanda

Mission: Bake a sweet treat for my in-laws.

 

 

Details:

  • Sadly our local strawberry patch did not have berries at the time I was ready to make this. Mother Nature really put a damper on things like berries this year! I went with good ole’ grocery store berries. They were just fine (although not nearly as aromatic).
  • I decided to make the graham cracker crust instead of the traditional pastry crust. Let’s face it; graham cracker crust is a WHOLE lotta easy compared to a pastry crust. Next time I think I would pulse a few pretzels into my graham mixture to add a salty-sweet twist and may reduce the amount of sugar used in the crust. I found it to be a little sweeter than I would like with all the other sweetness happening in the pie. This could be due to the graham crackers I used (I only had the Honey Maid Lil Squares on hand).

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I didn’t have enough berries. Buy at least 3 packages (to be safe 4) so you have a berry-licous pie.

When whipping your cream be careful not to over whip! I let my stand mixer do the work but didn’t realize how quickly it would be ready and ended up with lumpy whipped cream. I decided to pitch that batch and start over. Lesson learned.

Also, follow the instructions on the crushed strawberry layer. I should have put the corn starch in the water instead of just mixing it all together. I had to work out a few lumps.

Amanda - Strawberry Pie 1

Pros:

Beautiful, crowd-pleasing and finger licking GOOD!

I love this recipe because you can do it in stages. I started with the crushed strawberry layer then let that chill overnight. Then I made the crust and whipped topping and threw the whole thing together. We didn’t actually eat it until the next day and it was good to the last bite (or lick of pie plate in my case).

Cons:

I found the layout of how the recipe was written in the print out to be a little confusing. I am used to reading it the way you make it and it seemed like there was something missing because it was segmented out the way it was.

Amanda - Strawberry Pie 2

Conclusion:

I will definitely be making this again, especially after working out a couple of kinks. My in-laws LOVED it and so did I. I highly suggest making this when you have company. It will prevent you from eating it for every meal.

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #6 – Alicia

Mission: I hate making pies – just not my thing. Making a crust that never turns out really upsets me! I saw this recipe for easy Strawberry Cream Pie with 2 crust options – Let’s give it a whirl.

 

Details:

  • My Mother-In-Law has beautiful Strawberry bushes and has been sending us quarts and quarts of them. Perfect for jam and pie!
  • I choose to make a graham cracker crust versus the pastry crust
  • While the crust was baking, I whipped up the cream filling and popped that in the fridge to chill and then moved onto the glaze section of the recipe.
  • Your layering technique does not have to be perfect, unless you are entering it in a pie contest.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Be sure that the glaze is completely cool before spooning it over your pie. I got very impatient waiting. Once the first spoonful of delicious glaze hit the creamy goodness, it started to melt and ooze over the pan. I put that bad boy back in the fridge to set and it helped a lot. Note to self, have more patience!

Alicia - Pie 1

Pros:

Each layer tastes heavenly.

Cons:

None!!!

Alicia - Pie 2b

Conclusion:

Holy Shabingo!!! This is the best thing I have every tasted – seriously! The graham cracker crust, creamy filling and glaze – YUM! My husband said “Oh my. This is the best dessert you have ever made”.

Seriously – MAKE THIS PIE! Also – my pictures do not do this any justice. Please ignore that and try it!!!

 

 Strawberry Cream Pie Conclusion


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