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DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice

Oct 31, 2021 ByShir Dagan

Raise your hand if you’ve ever looked up a recipe only to realize that you are short of one ingredient, or even more disappointing, you don’t have access to it where you live. We have all been there. However, do not be discouraged –  there is always a substitute, or better yet, a homemade solution for that one missing ingredient. Seeing as the holiday season is upon us, pumpkin-related recipes are everywhere. Enter pumpkin-pie spice.

Pumpkin pie spice is a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice and can be found in almost any holiday pumpkin-related dish. The warm aroma of these spices is almost synonymous with fall weather and the baking season that often accompanies it. It is incredibly easy to make your own pumpkin pie spice and can even be cheaper than buying a jar at the store, as many of the spices required to make it are likely to be in your drawer already. And if they aren’t, these are good spices to have handy for both savory and sweet dishes or beverages. 

Pumpkin Pie Slice

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So without further ado, here is the recipe for homemade pumpkin pie:

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice

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Simply stir all the ingredients together and store them in a container for up to 6 months.

Note: Do not hesitate to play around with the quantities: you can double the amount and/or increase or reduce the amount of one of the spices based on your preferences. If you do not have one of the spices on the list, do not worry. Rest assured, it will still come out good because mixing any of these spices together will result in a yummy, warm concoction.

Feel free to use your homemade pumpkin pie spice in pies, cookies, cakes, and muffins. It can also be added to flavor your coffee, whipped cream, yogurt, and oatmeal.