Am I the only one that ever gets half-way through making a recipe just to realize I don’t have that certain spice it calls for? You know, the one that will make all the difference in the end result? Especially, when you’re baking. Come on, surely you’ve been there! Well, the other day I was forced to come up with a homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe. I was feeling pretty lazy and besides, out here where we live, we just don’t have stores around every corner. And, when you do find one, the odds of them having that certain spice is next to none. I knew it was just a matter of finding the right amounts of other baking spice combinations to create the concoction I needed. So, I got busy, and I have to admit I was pretty darned pleased with the blend I created. In fact, I like it better than the pre-made ones from the store and use it all the time now.
To make this pumpkin pie spice recipe you’ll need ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cloves. You’ll want to mix everything together and put it in an airtight container. I promise this pumpkin pie spice will come in handy when you start your Fall holiday baking. You can use it in any recipe that calls for pumpkin pie spice. I’ll let you in on a secret – it’s even good in recipes that just call for cinnamon and nutmeg. Oooh, and it smells as good as it taste, too. Be sure to use this when making my homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Here’s a convenient tip I want to share with y’all concerning spices. Nothing would grate my nerves more than spending much of my time hunting for the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, etc. amongst the overflowing inventory of spices I have. What did you do that has worked wonders for you, Kim – you ask? I keep all of my baking spices in a basket on the pantry shelf near the flour, sugar, etc. – you get the idea. This way when I am baking, all I need to do is take my little basket out and I can quickly find what I need when baking a cake, pie or whatever else it may be. This saves me the frustrating, wasted time of searching though the aforementioned inventory of chili powder, paprika, and all the other spices that are not related to baking. It was quite possibly one of the most clever things I’ve done in a while and makes it sooo much more handy when I’m baking. My cute little basket quickly produced all the ingredients I needed to make this pumpkin pie spice recipe.
- 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 4 teaspoons ground ginger
- 3 teaspoons ground allspice
- 2 teaspoons ground cloves
- Combine all the ingredients together and mix well. Store in an air tight container.