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Yesterday, I broke out Mother Lovett’s recipes to search for something specific.
It no longer matters what that was, because almost immediately my eyes landed upon this: a recipe for homemade pumpkin pie spice!
I was giddy. My eyes bulged out of my head. I ate a block of chocolate in celebration. Okay, two blocks of chocolate.
Then I started to cry, because reading Mother Lovett’s chicken scratch is nearly impossible.
Call me clueless, but it never dawned on my to make my own pumpkin pie spice.
Sometimes I think I live under a rock.
I am sure this is not a new thing, nor is it something that is hard to find, but I had to share it with you.
I usually buy pumpkin pie spice from Trader Joe’s, and this was just as delicious. I used it to bake a pumpkin recipe that I will be sharing with you at some point. I couldn’t tell the difference – it was fabulous.
After looking at the ingredients list for the Trader Joe’s pumpkin pie spice, I saw that they put cardamom in their recipe. So once the spices were mixed, I added just the tiniest pinch of cardamom.
I wasn’t very concerned with this changing Mother Lovett’s recipe, because I am quite certain that she never followed this recipe. She most likely just threw a pinch of this and a dash of that into her pumpkin pie. That is what grandmothers do after all, isn’t it?
I also went a little lighter on the cloves, because I just don’t love them. I have great memories of them – such as waking up at 3 in the morning the night before Easter, when my mom was still trying to prepare for the guests coming the next day. She would have a ham in the oven with pineapple and cloves, and all around the memory is comforting to me.
But… I don’t really enjoy ham. And I associate cloves with ham.
Okay. I’ve said enough.
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
4 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
a pinch of cardamom
Combine all spices together and mix thoroughly. Store in an airtight container.
Now, go make homemade pumpkin pie spice!