I love pumpkin spice as much as the next gal, but sometimes it can be a little too sweet and overpowering.
Making your own at home can help you control the sweetness and adjust any spices based on your personnal preferences. I like a little more cinnamon, you may like a little more ginger, either way you can play with this recipe and make it your own pumpkin spice heaven.
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup fresh pumpkin puree or pumpkin pie filling
4 cinnamon sticks
4 t freshly grated nutmeg
2 t minced fresh ginger
2 t whole cloves
2 t vanilla extract
1/2 t pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1. Mix water and sugar in a saucepan. Bring water to a boil, reduce heat to
medium-low, and cook, stirring regularly, until sugar is dissolved completely
into a simple syrup, about 5 minutes.
2. Stir 6 tablespoons pumpkin pie filling, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, ginger,
cloves, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice into the syrup. Bring liquid again
to a simmer and cook until the syrup is well-spiced, 8 to 10 minutes.
3. Strain the mixture through a sheet of cheesecloth. Return liquid to the
saucepan over low heat.
4. Stir sweetened condensed milk and remaining 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie
puree or filling into the spiced syrup and cook, stirring regularly, until the
pumpkin dissolves into the liquid, about 5 minutes.