October 23, 2011 by Linda
PUMPKIN PIE SPICE
There are few spice blends that I use more than Pumpkin Pie. It’s so good in everything – from my Pumpkin Protein Shake, to Greek-style yogurt, cheesecake, quick breads, spice cookies, sprinkled on oatmeal…the list goes on and on.
The one that you can buy is good in a pinch…but nothing beats the hand-picked cinnamon, freshly grated nutmeg, high-quality ginger and all the LOVE that goes into making your own!
I know there are higher-end places you can buy spices, but I love Penzey’s. They are super fresh and affordable, and have a big variety.
Making your own blend means you can choose the flavors you love to dominate, add just a touch of this or that and go heavy on something else. This recipe is the ratios that I love – add, subtract…use a stronger or milder cinnamon – whatever makes you happy in your heart!
For the standard, Libby’s-everybody-loves-it pumpkin pie recipe (two pie-big can) I use 3 1/2 teaspoons of the mix.
12 teaspoons China Cassia
cinnamon (this is my fave, but any will work)
6 teaspoons ground ginger
3 teaspoons cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 rounded teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (makes a huge difference!)
Combine all and store in an airtight container. Keeps at least six months.