This stuff just smells like winter and the festive season! I love this time of year! But what is pumpkin pie spice? It’s a prepared product that you can buy in the US, but it’s very easy to make at home from spices you’ll probably already have on hand. Pumpkin Pie spice has kind of taken over most of America, there’s the Pumpkin Spice latte at Starbucks (I’m not a fan but you can make your own – I’m sure homemade is better!), Pumpkin Spice flavoured marshmallows, and now Pumpkin Spice Oreo’s too!
Making your own pumpkin pie spice is so simple, it’s just an easy combination of other spices! Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice to be exact. And you can adjust this recipe to your own taste – this one is heavier on the cinnamon, since I love cinnamon! So now if an American recipe calls for it, you can have some on hand ready to bake up an autumn/Christmas storm.
For the best Pumpkin Pie Spice, buy jars of cinnamon, ginger and allspice if they’ve been sitting around in your cupboard for a while, and grate your nutmeg fresh – it takes a bit longer, but it’s so worth it flavour wise.
- 6 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 4 teaspoons grated nutmeg (or ground, fresh grated is obviously better though)
- 5 teaspoons ground ginger
- 3 teaspoons ground allspice
- Combine the spices together in a bowl and mix gently. Spoon into a small clean jar or container (which is airtight) and store for the shelf life of the spices.
Let me know if you bake anything using it – I’m definitely going to be using it in cinnamon buns and other Christmas baking!