How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice at Home – Recipe and Ideas to Use It
How to make pumpkin pie spice? How to store and use it? What is pumpkin pie spice mix made of? Find the answers of these questions below!
It is fall and this time of the year is all about pumpkin. Many people call the fall-winter period “The Pumpkin Season” and they are right! Pumpkin is the queen and the symbol of the season. It is used as decoration for Halloween and Thanksgiving and the main ingredient in numerous delicious sweet and savory recipes – from pumpkin latte to the iconic pumpkin pie!
The truth is that pumpkin flesh (or puree) is not so rich in flavor. It is the blend of warm spices that gives the famous flavor and taste that makes everyone think of home!
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What Is Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix Made Of?
Pumpkin pie spice mix contains 4-5 ingredients and you can buy it in almost every store:
- Ground Ginger
- Ground Nutmeg
- Ground Cloves
For extra flavor you can add a pinch of black pepper or cardamom, depending on your own taste. The blend is so easy to make and you can adjust the ratio of the ingredients to your liking, for example use more cloves and less nutmeg.
Why Make Your Own Homemade Pumpkin Spice?
Pumpkin pie spice is available at stores and you may be wondering is it worth making your own mix. On the first place, it is very convenient having it ready at any time. You can use it in a variety of recipes without having to run to the store every time.
Another huge advantage of homemade pumpkin spice is that it does not contain any preservatives that are found in store-bought brands.
In addition, making your own mix saves you money and you can adjust the ingredients ratio.
It is perfect for seasonal recipes. You can add it to cookies, breads and muffins, latte, cheesecakes, cakes, whipped cream, yogurt,
Last but not least, pumpkin spice is a great gift. Put it in a cute jar, add a ribbon and give it to your new neighbors as a housewarming gift! You are looking for homemade Christmas gifts? Well, think of homemade pumpkin spice!
How to Store Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice?
Homemade pumpkin pie spice mix will last for about 6 months to a year. The spices are dry and do not go bad, yet they may lose their flavor. It is best if you store your mix in a spice jar or any airtight container.
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe
- 3 tbsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp. ground ginger
- 2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
- 1 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
In a small bowl, whisk together cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves until well combined.
Use a spoon or funnel to transfer spice mix to a small, airtight jar container, Store in a cool, dry place for up to 12 months.