This versatile pumpkin spice is one of my favourites. Super simple to make, it uses four typical ingredients: cloves, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon which are known as warming spices. And remember, this blend is not only excellent for pumpkin pie, it will also flavour ALL your fruit pies, puddings and desserts. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)
What You'll Need: (makes about 6-7 tablespoons)
2 x 3 inch pieces of cinnamon
1 tbsp ground ginger
2 tsp nutmeg powder
2 tsp whole cloves
tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon
Store your pumpkin mix in an airtight jar in a cool place and out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.
Note: If you would like to add even more taste to your recipe, I recommend dry toasting the cinnamon pieces and cloves prior to grinding, cooling and combining with the powders.
The heat from toasting releases their essential oils and huge amounts of
flavour. See the grinding page for info and photos on this. (Link opens in new window)
Ingredient Note: For the best flavours, I recommend you use as many whole ingredients as you can. If you don't have them whole, it's fine to substitute with pre-ground powders and reduce the quantities the recipe requires by about half. For example, instead of 2 teaspoons of whole cloves you use 2 teaspoon of pre-ground cloves. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making. Click here for a version of this recipe that only uses pre-ground ingredients. (Link opens in new window)
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