Pumpkin Spice Mix
There are some spice mixtures that I use often, especially during the holidays. Pumpkin spice mix is one of those. I use it for pies as well as in my coffee or in lattes. You can add some to a pumpkin mixture for soups, in smoothies, or as part of a dessert like pumpkin cheesecake
Feel free to experiment with proportions. For example I am really not a nutmeg fan. I typically use about 10% of what’s recommended in a recipe… because a little bit of the flavor of nutmeg makes some recipes stand out. Alfredo sauce for example really changes for the better when you add a hint of nutmeg. There is a hint of nutmeg… Otherwise it’s just a white cheese sauce! But I can taste just a tad of nutmeg and be satisfied… not too much for me.
Cinnamon – 3 parts ground
Nutmeg – 2 parts (best if grated fresh)
Allspice – 2 parts ground
Cloves – 1 part ground
Lattes using pumpkin spice mix
Another use for pumpkin spice mix is in my morning lattes! I’ve been experimenting with trying to make my own pumpkin spice latte without as much sugar as Starbucks uses. I have used just the spice mixture and that alone gives the hint of what I’m going for… but of course to rival Starbucks I’ve had to up the game from simple spices. Watch for a post on my new recipe for Pumpkin Spice Lattes!
I also use some of the pumpkin spice mix with a mulling spice recipe that I use to make the house smell wonderful in the fall and winter. I add the pumpkin spice mix to a small pot of water along with some larger whole spices like anise, cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, etc. I bring it to a boil and then let it sit on simmer for 30 minutes or more to let the steam rise and distribute the smell of baking a pumpkin pie in the house. It is really a great way to make the house smell homey. The mixture can stay in the pot on the stove top and will last for days… I simply add more water but the spices all stay useful for quite a while. Since I bring it to a boil and use it this way typically once a day, I haven’t had any problems with it growing unwanted bacteria, although I do tend to throw it out after about 5 days. In fact, I use it in the garbage disposal which helps the smell there also!
I know most people use mulling spices for apple cider, but what other uses are there??? If anyone has suggestions for other uses please let us know in the comments below!