Ah, pumpkin pie. For many of us, it’s one of our favorite seasonal delicacies. It’s the perfect Thanksgiving dessert as well as a popular treat throughout fall and winter. But there’s something that might be even more of a treat than the pie itself: we’re talking about the spice.
Pumpkin pie spice is everywhere this time of year. It’s in your coffee drinks, cookies, cakes, donuts, tea, ice cream and other delicious desserts. It’s an extremely versatile spice that can be used in a lot of unique ways and it’s definitely one of my favorites. I love a good latte made with pumpkin pie spices, from its aromatic smell to its slightly sweet, slightly spicy taste. There’s something about fall that just has me craving that unique flavor. But did you know that it’s extremely easy to make this spice mix at home? That’s right – you can enjoy the taste of pumpkin spice anytime you want – all it takes is a few ingredients and you can transform every drink or sweet you make into a seasonal treat.
What’s in Pumpkin Pie Spice?
The exact spices that you want to add to a pumpkin pie spice are completely up to you (some people even love to add a little sugar), but the common recipe for pumpkin pie spice requires a few key ingredients: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.
When I make my pumpkin pie spice, I like adding a couple extra ingredients to really balance out the flavor: ginger and black pepper. The warm flavor of the ginger and the zest of a dash of black pepper really creates a fuller and tastier blend, especially if you’re adding it to a pumpkin pie. All of these ingredients can be found at your local grocery store, and making your pumpkin spice fresh will leave you with a blend that’s perfect for your specific taste buds. The best part is that you can make a bunch of homemade pumpkin pie spice at once and save it for up to six months, so you can have plenty of pumpkin spice for anything and everything you want.
When it starts to get colder, nothing sounds nicer than this hearty, spicy, zesty blend of warm spices that will bring a smile to your face and is incredibly simple to make. So bust out the hot cocoa, light a fire, cozy up in a blanket and get ready for a delicious remedy to the incoming cold weather.
- 3 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1.5 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- A pinch of ground black pepper
- Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and lightly stir until combined. Finish by storing in a small, airtight jar or container for up to six months.