Saturday, October 26, 2013

Spice Blends: Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, Sugar & Spice - Margaret Ullrich

The holiday baking season is here.
And that means spices.

A couple of years ago spice companies started selling prepackaged spices for recipes.
I don't know if you've seen them in your spice shelves.
Really… a teaspoon of this, a teaspoon of that.
And they charge an awful lot just because they hired someone to go to the trouble of spooning out the spices and put them in little plastic pouches.

Well… you can make your own.

The cheapest way to buy spices and herbs is getting an individual spice in a bag.
And then blending them yourself and storing the mixes in a jar.
Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and cardamom can be bought in bags and used as is or combined in blends.

You can have some fun with the money you save.
Or buy some Christmas gifts.

Apple Pie Spice Blend

1/4 Cup cinnamon
2 Tablespoons ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons ground ginger

Makes 1/2 Cup
Apple Pie Spice would also add a nice touch to apple cobblers and warm apple sauce.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend

1/4 Cup ground cinnamon
1 Tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 teaspoons ground cloves
1 teaspoons ground allspice

Makes a scant 1/2 Cup
Pumpkin Pie Spice also goes nicely on the mashed sweet vegetables and onions.

Sugar & Spice Christmas Blend

1/2 Cup granulated sugar
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Makes a scant 2/3 Cup
Sugar & Spice Blend is perfect for rice pudding or egg nog.

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