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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Homemade pumpkin pie spice is perfect for all your fall favorites: pies, bread, pancakes, cakes, and cookies. It takes only 5 minutes to make and will elevate your fall baking.

Spoon with a ground spice, above a small bowl.

HOW TO MAKE PUMPKIN PIE SPICE FROM SCRATCH

You are right; spice mixes are nothing new under the sun; they have been around for a long time. Maybe you’ve used a herbed spice mix to season roasted chicken or bought rosemary salt to season roasted potatoes. The great thing about spice mixes is that most of the spice blends, including pumpkin pie spice, can be mixed at home.

WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO MAKE PUMPKIN PIE SPICE MIX?

  • Freshness – you control the quality and freshness of spices that go into your spice blend. Bring out the best flavors and aromas by grinding your spices. Freshly ground spices are superior to pre-ground herbs. Ground your spices and discover an eye-popping aroma and deep flavors. I find cloves and nutmeg are best freshly ground. You can still use pre-ground spices, but you’ll need to add more to make the spice mix.
  • Customization – you can customize your mix by adding more cinnamon, and ginger, etc. Spice it up by adding some white pepper, or add an extra layer of flavor with cardamom.
Ground spices on a parchment paper.

SPICES YOU NEED

  • Cinnamon – I like to use Saigon cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Allspice
  • Cloves
  • Cardamom (optional)
  • White Pepper(optional)
Spices in glass jars.

GRIND SPICES

Though not necessary, I prefer to ground some of the spices to bring out the best flavors.

Pre-ground cloves can lose their potency and flavor quickly. That’s why I like to grind my own using a small coffee grinder. Fill the grinder, and pulse the coffee grinder until cloves are pulverized. Then sift the ground spice thru a fine mesh sieve.

Coffee grinder if ground cloves.
Ground and whole cloves on a parchment paper.

FRESH NUTMEG

Nutmeg tastes the best when freshly grated with a microplane zester.

Half of the nutmeg, grated nutmeg and microplane zester on a marbled counter.

PUMPKIN SPICE BLEND

In a mixing bowl, combine all the spices. Sift thru a fine mesh sieve and store in an airtight, preferable glass jar in a dark, dry spot.

Mesh sieve filled ground spices.

HOW LONG DOES PUMPKIN PIE SPICE MIX LAST?

Stored in an airtight container, away from direct sunlight and moisture, it will last for one to two years.

Spice mix in a small bowl.

RECIPES WITH PUMPKIN PIE SPICE

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend.

Makes about 5 tablespoons, about 14-15 teaspoons

1 serving = 2 teaspoons

Course: Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin spice cake
Servings: 7 servings
Hanielas.com: Hani
Ingredients
HOMEMADE PUMPKIN PIE SPICE MIX
  • tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • tsp Fresh zested Nutmeg, packed (or use 1¾ pre-ground nutmeg)
  • tsp ground Allspice
  • 3/4 tsp Fresh ground Cloves (or use 1 tsp pre-ground cloves)
Instructions
HOMEMADE PUMPKIN PIE SPICE MIX
Using Pre-Ground Spices
  1. Into small mixing bowl pour cinnamon (3½ tablespoons), ginger (2 teaspoons), nutmeg (1¾ teaspoons), allspice (1½ teaspoons) and cloves (1 teaspoon).

    Stir well to combine.

Using Fresh Ground Spices
  1. Grind whole cloves in a coffee grinder, and sift thru a fine mesh sieve. Grate the whole nutmeg with a Microplane zester.

    Into a small mixing bowl, pour cinnamon (3½ tablespoons), ginger (2 teaspoons), nutmeg (1¼ teaspoons), allspice (1½ teaspoons), and cloves (¾ teaspoon).

    Stir well to combine and sift thru a fine mesh sieve.

Storage
  1. Store pumpkin pie spice mix in an airtight container in a dry, dark spot. It will last for one to two years.

Recipe Notes

HOW LONG DOES HOMEMADE PUMPKIN PIE SPICE LAST? – Stored in an airtight container, away from direct sunlight and moisture it will last for one to two years.

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