Well the Pumpkin Spice Lattes have hit the streets and I am seeing pumpkin everything on the internet these days.
I thought I would post a super simple recipe to make your own pumpkin pie spice. This is a delicious addition to baked goods, sprinkle it on coffee drinks or on top of piles of whipped cream for hot chocolate, on egg nog, on baked sweet potatoes and so much more. Oh and a little tip I learned when I was travelling in Europe from my darling Tanta Inge- just between you and me. Try sprinkling just a tiny bit of this in your coffee grounds before you brew your coffee. It adds just a hint of flavor without the artificial taste you sometimes get from flavored coffee grounds.
Now you might be saying- well I can just buy pumpkin pie spice premade at the store- why should I bother making it?
Here is why I like to make it- premade Pumpkin Pie spice is not always available at every store, often it can be a little expensive- especially if you are only buying it for one recipe, I think it is cheaper to make it fresh yourself AND the flavor is so much better. Fresh pumpkin pie spice will really add an extra oompf to your fall treats. You can also control the flavor of your spice- I went light on ginger (because I am not a big fan) and heavier on cinnamon (yum yum). You might adapt this a bit to your own tastes. Most premade Pumpkin Pie spices don’t include allspice and I do like to add allspice to my recipe because it adds just a little something.
Some of you might already have everything you need right in the cupboard but if not hit the bulk spice aisle of your favorite store and you can get the ingredients.
I bought everything except Cinnamon (and I bought extra of each spice) from Sprouts in the bulk bins and I paid maybe $1.00 total. I get a huge thing of Saigon Cinnamon from Costco for like $3. It smells like heaven and lasts forever.
So here is what you need:
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon cloves
- Mix well and store in an airtight container.
That will give you about 4 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice, which is plenty lots of pumpkin and apple treats this year!
Plus this smells amazing. You will instantly be in a good mood after mixing this up. Seriously I am ready to shake this all around the house for instant air freshener 🙂
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