An Easy-to-Make Pumpkin Pie Spice - The Ideal
Mix For All Your Desserts and Fruit Based Pies

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)

What You'll Need: (makes about 5-6 tablespoons)

1 x 4-5 inch piece of cinnamon
1 tbsp ground ginger
2 tsp whole cloves
3-4 mace blades
1 whole nutmeg

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Grate about 2 teaspoons worth of nutmeg and set aside
  • Break up the cinnamon sticks 
  • In your grinder, finely grind the cloves, cinnamon pieces and mace blades
  • Once ground, add to a bowl
  • Finally, add the freshly grated nutmeg and ginger powders to the bowl and combine everything thoroughly

Store in a cool place 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 cloves, mace blades and cinnamon pieces for a few minutes before letting cool and grinding. See the grinding page for step-by-step info and photos on this. (Link opens in new window)

Ingredient 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. (Link opens in new window)

pumpkin pie spiceHomemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

A Step-by-Step Instructional Video

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Commercial Versus Homemade - What's Best?

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. So if you're not keen on a certain herb or spice you can't replace it or leave it out like you can with homemade
  • Another one is the use of additives, preservatives and artificial colourings 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

But make pumpkin pie spice yourself, and you don't get any of these issues, just superb aromas and a fresh fabulous taste!

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