Making pumpkin pie spice is one of the easiest mixes you can make! Using between 4-6 ingredients it's very versatile, and suitable for all your puddings, desserts and fruit based pies. This one uses the four traditional ingredients with the added twang of mace blades. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)
Note: If you don't have all the whole ingredients available for this recipe, use pre-ground powders and combine them. If you do this, reduce the amounts it says in the recipe by half. So instead of 2 teaspoons of whole cloves you would use 1 teaspoon of pre-ground cloves. Click here for a version of this recipe that only uses pre-ground ingredients.
What You'll Need: (makes about 5-6 tablespoons)
2 x 3 inch pieces cinnamon
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tbsp grated nutmeg
2 tsp whole cloves
6-8 mace blades
tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon
Store in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight and use within 3 months.
Note: You can get even more flavours if you dry toast the whole ingredients before letting cool and grinding. See the grinding page for step-by-step info and photos on this. (Link opens in new window)
Here is a short slideshow of how I made it...
There are a few problems I find with commercial blends. The main one is that you don't have control over the ingredients, you have to make do with what the manufacturer chooses.
Another one is the use of additives and preservatives that you may find have been added.
Also, you have no clue when they were made and how long they have been sitting on the store shelves slowly losing flavour.
Make them yourself, and you don't get any of these issues, just the added bonus of superb aromas and fabulous taste!
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