Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice.
Hello homemade pumpkin pie spice!
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.
So 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.
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P;LEASE don’t use cardamom that is already ground. The taste is just a bare fraction of the taste of freshly ground, which is a picky, finicky thing to produce, as you have to open the cream-coloured pods, take out the few black or brown meats, which are very small, and pound them in a mortar and pestle (or the back o f a spoon in a ceramic bowl). But it’s worth the effort. I make 48 large pans of apple crisp for a folk festival each year and the fresh cardamom in the topping is the secret ingredient which keeps people coming back each year, standing in line to get some before it’s all sold out, which it always is, long before the end of the festival.
p.s. and of course you don’t ever, ever use pre-ground nutmeg, do you?
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