A couple of times a year I NEED Pumpkin Pie Spice, like twice, maaaybe three times, but that’s it! I used to buy those little orange tins, labelled Pumpkin Pie spice tins that cost $6.00, that I never use all of before they go stale. Personally for me spices last a maximum of 6 months, and I prefer 3 months if you really want good strong flavours.
When it comes to baking with Pumpkin Pie Spice I really want the flavours to stand out, ginger, cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg… all the scents of Fall, so every year, I throw out my old container and get a new one….. well, that’s what I used to do. Now, I make my own. I’ve really become fond of making my own mixes for a few reasons:
- I can control exactly what goes in them
- I can blend them to my families taste
- Less expensive
When I’m ready to make a batch or two of my spice mixes I head over to my local Bulk Barn, and gather up all the spices, herbs, seasonings, that I’ll need and then sometimes a cute new container and that’s it. Takes less than 5 minutes to put it together and label it. You can note the date it was made if you want to make sure that it get’s used while it’s still fresh.
Pumpkin Pie Spice; Homemade from scratch
- 1/4 cup Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp ground cardammom
- 1/2 tsp mace *optional
- In a small bowl mix together all spices. Place in an airtight glass jar. Label and date and store in a cool dark location.