Fall is in the air. While the weather is still warm, the leaves are starting to turn around town, and I have a feeling we'll have an abrupt change to fall before too long.
That's just fine with me. I love wearing jeans, sweaters and boots and sitting in front of a warm fire while a pie bakes in the oven. It's one of my favorite times of year.
Already, the pumpkins have arrived at the grocery store, and pumpkin pie spice is back on the shelves. Speaking of which, did you notice there are sulfiting agents in the Pumpkin Pie Spice with the classic red cap? I did the other day when I was browsing the spice section.
I usually buy my spices in bulk for our more commonly used spices (you can get a pound of many spices for the same prices as a tiny bottle from the store) but every once in a while I need to grab something at the store for a last minute recipe.
Sulfiting agents are added as a preservative, mostly to help the spices retain their color. Since sulfiting agents aren't naturally dervied, we try to avoid them whenever possible.
Fortunately, it's very easy to make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix. I add cardamom to mine because it adds a bit of complexity, but you can leave it out if you don't have it on hand.
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe
- 1/4 cup ground cinnamon (get a great deal on bulk cinnamon)
- 2 tablespoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)
- Put all ingredients into a small glass jar and mix until well combined.
- Use for all of your fall recipes that call for Pumpkin Pie Spice.
Recipes Using Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Pumpkin Pie (made from jack-o-lanterns)
- Pumpkin Almond Spiced Fudge
- Pumpkin Cake Cookies
- Creamy Tapioca Pumpkin Pudding
More Easy Spice Blend Recipes
- Taco Seasoning
- Paprika Chicken Spice
- Jamaican Jerk Seasoning + Marinade
- Onion Soup Mix
- Enchilada Spice Mix
Do you make your own spice mixes like pumpkin pie spice?
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