Across the pond, as soon as temperatures drop and the leaves start to change colour, it can only mean one thing - it's pumpkin pie spice season!
You can use pumpkin pie spice to add the flavour of autumn to all your bakes, including pies, breads and cakes
You may have sampled the flavour combo in a Pumpkin Spice Latte, but otherwise it's not really something us Brits come across too often. Our American friends on the other hand, love this autumnal spice, and use it in everything from baking and porridge to ice cream and veggies.
Happily, this seasonal staple from the US is now set to take the UK by storm as more brands and chefs are incorporating it into a variety of food and drink. Take Baileys Irish Cream, for example, who have just created a pumpkin spice version of their popular liqueur. Delicious!
But what exactly is pumpkin pie spice? In short, it's just a spice blend that you would typically use when making pumpkin pie. That's right - there isn't actually any pumpkin in it!
You can use pumpkin pie spice to add the flavour of autumn to all your bakes, including pies, breads and cakes.
You can also use this warming spice mixture to jazz up whipped cream, yoghurt, coffee, porridge, and even roasted veggies.
How to make pumpkin pie spice
While you can easily buy the pre-made spice mixture in the US, there's no need for us Brits to miss out on all the fun. Fortunately, pumpkin pie spice is super easy to make. All you need is just a few minues and 5 spices to create your own batch of cosy, autumn flavour. Simple! In fact, you probably have all the spices you need in your kitchen cupboard already: ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, ground allspice, and ground cloves.
To make, simply combine 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 2 teaspoons nutmeg, 1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice and1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves. Mmm.... doesn't that smell heavenly?
Of course, you can easily adjust the mixture according to taste - cinnamon lovers might want to add another teaspoon or for those who dislike cloves, you can just leave it out all together. It's a highly versatile blend!
Try sprinkling some in your morning coffee or on roasted sweet potatoes - experiment and enjoy!
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