Indulge in the heartwarming flavors of fall with this delightful homemade pumpkin pie spice blend. As the leaves begin to change and a cozy ambiance fills the air, there's nothing quite like the aromatic allure of freshly baked pumpkin treats. Elevate your culinary creations with this simple yet exquisite blend of spices that captures the essence of the season. With just the right balance of cinnamon's warmth, ginger's zest, nutmeg's comforting depth, cloves' inviting richness, and the alluring touch of allspice, this DIY pumpkin pie spice is a key to unlocking a world of autumnal delights.
Pumpkin spice blend
The pumpkin spice or pumpkin pie spice is one of the ingredients found in a pumpkin pie. The pumpkin spice is made from a combination of spices that fit the pumpkin flavor perfectly and can even upgrade many other dishes too.
The trend of consuming pumpkin spice with pretty much everything started back in 2003 when Starbucks offered the Pumpkin Spice Latte for the first time. This latte is a coffee drink that has additional fall flavors – pumpkin spice which is usually served with milk, sugar and topped with some whipped cream. An interesting fact, only in 2015 was pumpkin puree added to the drink. Which I think is a bit funny because the drink is called "pumpkin spice latte" and the spice needs to compliment the pumpkin flavor so it took a while until they added the actual pumpkin. Wild!
What is pumpkin spice made of?
The pumpkin spice is made out of 5 spices you probably have in your pantry already - cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove and allspice. The main spice in the mixture is the cinnamon. The other spices complement the cinnamon flavor and together, the pumpkin spice brings warm autumn flavors and aroma.
As you probably know, you can buy pumpkin spice like you buy any other spices. Because this spice is so easy to mix yourself and you are in control of the amount added, I believe this Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice recipe is perfect for you.
Expert tips to keep in mind:
Start with high-quality spices to achieve the best flavor. Freshly ground spices are ideal, but if using pre-ground spices, make sure they haven't been sitting in your pantry for too long.
Customize to Taste
While this recipe provides classic proportions, feel free to adjust the quantities to match your preferences. If you adore the warmth of cinnamon, enhance its presence, or if you're particularly fond of nutmeg, let it shine a bit more.
Whole Spices Option
For an extra layer of flavor, consider using whole spices and grinding them just before blending. This brings out the essential oils, intensifying the aroma.
When mixing the spices, ensure they're uniformly distributed. Whisking the spices together in a bowl helps break up any clumps and guarantees a consistent flavor in every sprinkle.
Seal your homemade pumpkin pie spice in an airtight container, preferably a small glass jar. Store it away from direct sunlight and heat to preserve its flavor potency for an extended period.
Beyond pumpkin pie, this spice blend can elevate various dishes. Sprinkle it into your morning coffee, oatmeal, yogurt, or even use it to season roasted vegetables for a unique twist.
Experiment and Explore
Don't hesitate to experiment with other complementary spices, such as cardamom, mace, or a touch of vanilla powder. These additions can create a personalized spice blend that aligns with your taste preferences.
Share the warmth of the season by creating batches of homemade pumpkin pie spice as thoughtful gifts. Fill small jars, attach a ribbon, and include a recipe card for pumpkin pie or another treat using the spice blend.
Remember to label your jar with the date of creation. Spices do have a shelf life, and while your blend will stay flavorful for several months, it's a good idea to keep track.
Embrace the Season
Embody the spirit of autumn with your homemade spice blend. Its aromatic profile can instantly transport you to cozy evenings, crackling fires, and cherished memories.
Recipes using homemade pumpkin pie spice:
For more recipes with pumpkin check out my pumpkin recipe index.
Mix some homemade pumpkin pie spice today!
Crafting your own spice mix is not only a journey of taste but also a way to infuse your dishes with a personal touch. Join me in creating this aromatic masterpiece, destined to infuse your recipes with the flavors of fall. Let's dive into the recipe and awaken your inner autumn enthusiast!
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1½ tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon cloves
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- Mix all spices in a small bowl and whisk to unify the powder.
- Save in a small jar.