Malted Milkshakes with Homemade Pumpkin Caramel

An old fashioned malt milkshake with a homemade pumpkin caramel sauce.


Milkshakes are probably one of the first recipes that kids learn to master. No cooking required and it involves scoops of ice cream, duh! Milkshakes are basically milk blended with ice cream, so it is a white canvas for infinite flavor combinations. Malted milkshakes seems to have lost the popularity these days. Malted milk powder can be found in the baking aisle of your supermarket. So, let’s recreate this old soda fountain favorite but with pumpkin caramel drizzled all over, YUM!


Homemade caramel is much easier than you might think and no caramel from a jar can come remotely close to the homemade version. This is just a basic caramel recipe with the additional pumpkin. If you wish not to avoid pumpkin, then just omit the pumpkin and proceed with the same recipe. There are few important pointers to keep in mind while making caramel-

– use a large saucepan, the caramel will boil over vigorously when we add the cream

– Add butter as soon it gets a light amber color. Caramel tends to get bitter when cooked for longer period of time.

– Caramel will thicken as it cools. Pop the bowl in the microwave for a few seconds to get it to a flowing consistency.



Malted Milkshakes with Homemade Pumpkin Caramel


Homemade pumpkin caramel

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

1/4 cup heavy cream

2 tablepoons  canned pumpkin puree

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Malted milkshake

1 cup milk

3 regular scoops vanilla ice cream

3 tablepoons malted milk powder

Additional ingredients

whipped cream, to serve

malted milk balls, to garnish (optional)


To make homemade pumpkin caramel,

Heat sugar in a stainless steel large saucepan over medium-high heat. Sugar will melt and then turn into a light amber color (stir often).

As soon it gets an amber color, stir in the butter. As soon as all the butter is melted, add heavy cream (the mixture will boil vigorously and then subside).

Take pan off heat and then stir in the pumpkin puree, salt and vanilla extract.

Transfer caramel into a different container or a bowl and let cool completely.

To make malted milkshake,

Combine milk, ice cream, malted milk powder and 2 tablepoons pumpkin caramel in a blender, blend until smooth.

Pour into a tall glass, top with whipped cream, additional pumpkin caramel and a malted milk ball.

Serve immediately.

Makes 1 drink




Blackberry-Ginger Fizz

A light and refreshing summer drink for both adults and kids to enjoy!


YAY! We made through an entire week of summer with the kids crying “I’m bored” only  6 times this week. Yippeee….

A good drink and Netflixing is well deserved! I think ….

Muddle 5 blackberries, sugar and some grated ginger in a small glass, until the berries are crushed well and sugar is dissolved. Thawed frozen blackberries can be easily substituted. Though we can now find fresh berries in all grocery stores throughout the year. What’s up with that?

Add lemon juice, muddle once and strain into a serving glass and top with seltzer water and ice. Serve for the little ones hanging around your kitchen 😊

Now, top with vodka to kick it up a notch and CHILL!



Blackberry-Ginger Fizz


5 fresh blackberries

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon grated ginger

1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed

1 cup seltzer

3 tablespoons vodka (optional)

Ice cubes for serving


Add first 3 ingredients in a small glass, muddle well until sugar is dissolved and all  berries are crushed well.

Stir in lemon juice, strain into a serving glass, add ice, seltzer and vodka (if using).

Makes 1 drink




It’s that time of the year again ! Our annual Cherry picking at Brentwood,CA.

I look forward to this more than my kids! Not sure if it is the fun of picking ripe red cherries of a tree rather than buying a box at a store or getting to taste so much of cherries(that the tongue turns red)  in a quest to find the best tree or spending good old fashioned quality time with the kids!

IMG_1121I think second week of May was a little early for cherry picking. Many trees were not yet ready! May be we were not smart after all trying to get a head start to avoid the Memorial day traffic! But, was fun searching around to find that perfect tree with the biggest, darkest, juiciest cherries!


As the name specifies this recipe has just 3 ingredients and some sugar (to make it more palatable). A great summer drink for kids!



-My cherries were plump and fat , so I used only 8. If you have small ones then go with 10.

-Feel free to adjust sugar based on the sweetness of the cherries.




1 cup milk, I used 2%

8-10 bing cherries , pits removed

5 almonds

2 1/2 tablespoons sugar

ice, for serving


Blend everything together in a blender.

Strain over a glass filled with ice. Enjoy!

Makes 1 drink

Black Forest Milkshake


What can  I  whip up with the extra cherry ice cream that was left behind after making the ice cream sandwiches. Not that I have to , but felt like it!

The combination of sweet cherries soaked in cherry brandy ,dark chocolate cake and  light whipped cream is such a  classic combination! Kirshwasser , a cherry brandy  made from distilling dark tart cherries , is from the region of Black Forest in Germany and hence the name of the cake!


No-Fuss cherry ice cream – 1 1/2 cups

3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon cherry brandy, such as Kirschwasser

sweetened whipped cream

1 maraschino cherry, to garnish


Add ice cream, chocolate chips, milk and brandy together into a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy .  Pour into a tall glass , top with whipped cream and cherry .Serve immediately.

Makes 1 shake