Sunday, September 23, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Photo by Marc Delisle

Happy Fall Everybody! 
If you've been following along on my Facebook page lately, then you know how obsessed I am with fall.  The beautiful fall scenery, the crisp autumn air, and the crunchy leaves beneath your shoes... and who doesn't love the pumpkin treats that start showing up in everywhere? As far as I'm concerned, pumpkin flavoured everything is completely acceptable around this time of year (oh who am I kidding, it's completely acceptable any time of the year). 
I've been baking up a storm this month and working hard at preparing recipes to share with you all.  Something consistent in nearly everything I have been baking lately is pumpkin pie spice. 
One of the greatest spice combinations of all time (in my opinion anyway), this spice is easy enough to mix up at home.  Not only is it great in fall baking, but it's also wonderful mixed in with coffee, sprinkled on apple slices, or stirred into oatmeal or plain yogurt.  
 While you'll find several variations on the true way to make pumpkin pie spice, the following spices are consistent in every recipe.  The measurements are fun to experiment with, and below is my favourite combination.   This recipe makes just under 1/2 cup. 
- 4 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves 
- 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp cardamon 
Combine spices and store in an airtight container.  Best if used within 2 years.


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