If you could see into our kitchen cupboards what you would see are dozens of individual spices, so many that until we did a major organization of the spice drawer you opened the cupboard doors at risk of life or limb. Well I might be exaggerating a bit but I did get bonked on the head once and it left a bump on my noggin for a few days. So to justify adding another container to the spice drawer that spice needs to earn it’s place among the other spices.
We don’t share very many baking or dessert recipes here so you may be wondering why in the world we would be sharing our Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe? How about a pumpkin latte or pumpkin soup, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin popcorn or sprinkle a little on pumpkin seeds before you roast them.
So you see where I’m heading here, there are a plethora of recipes to use this spice blend with, especially during the fall. So what is in pumpkin pie spice? Simple, it’s a combination cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice and nutmeg. All 5 spices scream fall and when you combine them together it’s just the best!
With all of these uses it’s easy to go through a store bought bottle in no time at all. Now you could make it difficult on yourself and add the individual spices to the recipes that are found in a pumpkin spice blend if you’re only going to use it once but really, who does that. Making your own spice blend is easy and saves you time in the long run, plus it gives you an opportunity to adjust the ratios as you get more familiar with the spices involved. Maybe you’re a fan of cinnamon and so you might increase it in your blend or perhaps the ground ginger needs to be reduced for your familys’ tastebuds. You get the idea.
Now that you have your Pumpkin Pie Spice all mixed, what recipe are you going to use it in? There are literally hundreds of recipes, we love this Pumpkin Bread Recipe (it also makes great gifts for the holidays), and these Pumpkin Muffins are perfect for breakfast or dessert, but of course, with Thanksgiving coming, our Maple Pumpkin Pie will be top on the list.
Filling your cupboard with homemade spice blends is really easy, takes just minutes, and is less expensive than buying them already made. Here are a few of our favorite homemade spice blends…
- 3 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons Ground Ginger
- 2 teaspoons Ground Nutmeg
- 1½ teaspoons Ground Allspice
- 1½ teaspoons Ground Cloves
- Combine all spices in a bowl
- Mix well
- Store in a tightly sealed container and in a dry, cool place