Monday, September 13, 2010

Making Your Own Tasty Fall Spice Treat...Pumpkin Pie Spice

It's that time of the year when autumn harvest and its plentiful tastes set it. Who can go through this season without the tasty mixture of fall spices? Not me...

Instead of buying commercially-prepared pumpkin pie spice, save money and make your own. Purchase the individual spices in your bulk food section of your favorite market. Increase the batch size if you find more uses for it.

This recipe makes 2 teaspoons, enough for a pumpkin pie.

1.5 t cinnamon
¼ t nutmeg
¼ t ground ginger
1/8 t ground cloves

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Store unused portion in an airtight, glass container. Mark the preparation date on the label as a freshness precaution. (When the spice mix is older than a month, it loses its tastiness.)

Of course, if you prefer more of any particular spice, simply add to your tasting.

Add the mix to pumpkin pie, pumpkin pancakes, cakes, pastries, sweet potato pie, autumn harvest cookies (great in oatmeal cookies), in your oatmeal or to the brewing of your favorite coffee. The variety is for your choosing.

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