Yeah! It’s that time of year again. Fall and the reintroduction of all those warm and wonderful spices.
Although we hate to see summer leaving our doorstep we know it is time when the wind gets that crisp chill in the air and the leaves start their ascend to the ground. The one thing that a lot of people are excited about it is the official arrival of the that certain fall latte flavour. Who can not get enough of pumpkin spice? I know I can’t!
The start of fall in our house is marked by the semi-annual sort through of my daughter’s closet and remove all the clothes that are too tight, too short and sadly too summer. It is followed by the try on the snowsuit and winter boots to see is things will still fit so we are ready for the expected but still no one is prepared because we are all in denial first morning of snow.
It is also marked by the make a big batch of pumpkin spice as the blend of warm toasty goodness is not only for the coffee fiends (my self included), but can be very versatile in baking and cooking. It is great to have on hand ready to use without having to sort through the spice rack for this that and the other thing just to make a ‘good’ coffee that is other than the usual Monday to Friday drip variety. Having it already prepared makes it a little more accessible when you want it in a pinch.
So preparing a bit ahead of time and storing it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight can save you a heap of time later on. Plus I find that this recipe can usually last me through the whole season.
The mixture can be easily used for pumpkin muffins, pumpkin tortellini, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin loaf, pumpkin soup, pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin cakes. Okay pumpkin is the obvious pairing but it can also be used on roasted root vegetable such as squash, carrots and sweet potatoes. It works wonders when you add a dash to whipped cream for a finishing touch on a dessert or incorporated into a candied nut recipe.
The main spice is cinnamon which is the anchor to the overall flavour profile. It is further enhanced with nutmeg and mace which may seem like the same type of spice as it derives from the same fruit. They do contribute their own elements to the overall blend. I think mace is much overlooked and should be highlighted more in dishes as it is greatly overshadowed by nutmeg’s popularity. Kind of like the older sister who gets all the new clothes, while you reluctantly accept the hand me downs. FYI: I’m the older sister. Ginger adds the zip and all spice along with cloves follow up with the richness the pumpkin spice deserves.
If you love pumpkin spice, please share your favourite use for it in the comments below.
Pumpkin Spice Mix
Be pumpkin spice prepared with this blend.
- 6 Tbsp cinnamon
- 4 tsp nutmeg
- 4 tsp ginger
- 2 tsp mace
- 3 tsp all spice
- 3 tsp cloves
- Combine all ingredients into a bowl and whisk until blended.
- Place contents into a sealed container - preferably glass and store in dry location away from sunlight.