Hey, y’all! This is just a quick post in response to numerous requests for a pumpkin pie spice blend. I haven’t bought the jarred stuff in years. I grate my nutmeg on a rasper and make certain all the ground, dried spices are the best quality available. I’ve found, surprisingly enough, the spices from Costco are fantastic. Their vanilla extract and beans are from Madagascar, their ground cinnamon from Viet Nam and their Tellicherry black pepper from India. All are fragrant and sharp…just as fresh as can be. I buy my nutmeg whole from a small local market and grate it whenever I need it. You will be surprised how often you’ll use it. Nutmeg compliments spinach, for example, and think how often you prepare that! And let’s don’t forget we’re heading straight into eggnog season. The heady perfume from a dusting of fresh nutmeg gives eggnog a whole new meaning.
Aside from whole nutmeg you probably have all the other ingredients in your pantry. The following recipe is assembled in just seconds and can be doubled or tripled. Use it in place of store-bought pumpkin pie spice for your pies, quick breads, cookies, smoothies, your morning latte, really the list goes on and on. Just give it a quick stir before measuring it out.
Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1/4 cup ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir well.
- Store in an airtight jar or bottle.