Pumpkin pie spice is the flavoring behind many of falls favorite desserts, snacks and beverages. There are two main ways to make pumpkin pie spice: with cloves or without. I’m used to having it without the cloves, so this recipe is made up of cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg and allspice. This recipe is really easy to cut in half or double depending on what your needs are for this spice in the next three months, which is how long you should keep it before it starts to lose its freshness.
First, you start off with the dominant flavor in this pie, which is cinnamon. Decide how much of that spice you will need. For this recipe, I decided I needed 8 teaspoons. Ground ginger is the next ingredient, so you will cut the amount of the cinnamon in half which was 8, so you’ll need 4 teaspoons of ginger. Nutmeg is the third ingredient, so you’ll need 2 teaspoons. You’ll only need a little of allspice, so it will only take one teaspoon to have the perfect balance of these four aromatic spices.
You can use this awesome fall spice in many other dishes, even in some savory ones. You can use it in pasta dishes that have a brown butter or sage sauce. It can also be sprinkled on dishes that feature sweet potatoes, winter squash and carrots. Creative snack lovers use it to season their toasted nuts and their crunchy popcorn. For all you coffee lovers out there, you can mix into your coffee grounds before you brew up your morning coffee, or put a pinch or two in your afternoon latte.
On the sweeter side, it tastes fantastic in whipped cream, waffle or pancake batter, pumpkin cookies, scones, and pumpkin loaf. It’s a wonderful spice to use at breakfast time with your morning waffles or pancakes, muffins, oatmeal, granola, applesauce, and smoothies.Print
Pumpkin pie spice is aromatic blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves useful for far more than just pumpkin pie.
- 8 teaspoons cinnamon
- 4 teaspoons ginger
- 2 teaspoons nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- Measure out your cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice in a small bowl.
- Mix well to combine.
- Put in an airtight container and store in a cupboard or pantry.
- This tastes best if used up in three months.