Save yourself time and money by making your own homemade pumpkin pie spice mix to use in all your delicious pumpkin recipes. Making your own is much cheaper than the tiny store-bought containers and most likely you already have all of the ingredients on hand.
By the end of August it is clear and inevitable that summer is coming to an end. It is back-to-school time, the nights are getting cooler, and a flair of fall starts to fill the air.
The changing season often comes with a sudden surge in all pumpkin related foods. Starbucks begins to serve their Pumpkin Spiced Lattes again and pumpkin recipes are all over Pinterest.
Many of these recipes will call for a seasoning by the name of Pumpkin Pie Spice.
You can buy small containers of this spice mix, but for the amount you get, these tiny jar are actually really expensive.
What are the Pumpkin Pie Spice Ingredients?
Chances are, that if you open you spice cabinet, you'll realize that you already have all of the 5 individual spices that make up Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix.
Here are the spices you'll need: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.
Now it's just a matter of mixing them together in the right ratios and all the pumpkin spice baking can commence.
This is the recipe I use for my mix:
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 3 tablespoons cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ginger
- 2 teaspoons nutmeg
- 1-½ teaspoons allspice
- 1-½ teaspoons cloves
- Just whisk all the spices together until evenly combined.
- The ground ginger tends to form small lumps. Those are easiest to break up by pressing down with the back of a spoon.
- Store the new spice mix in an airtight container. Small 4 ounce jelly jars are perfect for this.
Some pumpkin recipes don't call for pumpkin pie spice, but for an assortment of individual spices.
Instead of pulling all your spice jars from the pantry, just add up the spice amounts in the recipe, and replace with an equal amount of Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix.
What is Pumpkin Pie Spice Used for?
Aside from giving pumpkin pie it's typical seasoning flavor profile, you can use it in any sweet pumpkin recipe. Here are some delicious recipes to use this pumpkin pie spice mix in:
Other great homemade spice blends:
- Homemade Chili Seasoning
- Cajun Spice Blend
- Gingerbread Spice Mix
- Homemade Ranch Seasoning
- Homemade Everything Bagel Seasoning
No, AllSpice is one of the individual spices used to make pumpkin pie spice, but pumpkin pie spice is a blend of several spices, including cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice.
If you don't have pumpkin pie spice, you can make your own by combining cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice in the right proportions. These are the same spices that make up pumpkin pie spice.
A substitute for 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice is a mix of ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon of ginger, and ⅛ teaspoon each of nutmeg and cloves. Adjust the proportions to suit your taste.
McCormick's Pumpkin Pie Spice typically includes a blend of ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice. The exact proportions may vary between different brands.
Pumpkin pie spice mix is made up of a combination of several ground spices, which usually include cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. These spices are mixed in the right ratios to create the distinctive flavor of pumpkin pie spice.