Making your own pumpkin spice blend at home is really quite easy. It’s a blend of five spices that you probably already have sitting in your pantry. I decided to finally make my own pumpkin pie spice, also known as simply, pumpkin spice. When purchased in a grocery store, pumpkin spice will cost you around $5 for a mere 2 or 3 tablespoons. Making your own spice combination from your “spice leftovers” is a cost-effective way to use up your pantry leftovers. Making this spice combination always comes in handy during the holidays.
This spice is a mixture of cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger and nutmeg. Add all of the spices to an airtight container and store it until you’re ready to use it. I tend to use Mason jars and buy them in bulk so I always have a jar that is at the ready.
Having this spice ready to use at a moment’s notice is incredibly convenient. Pumpkin pie spice is a spice combination that is often used in many different holiday dishes, from pumpkin pie and pumpkin loaf to pumpkin spiced coffees.
Where does “Pumpkin” Flavor come from?
Did you know that most of the pumpkin flavor in holiday treats is actually the pumpkin spice that you taste? Pumpkin on its own can be a bit boring and lackluster. By adding these warm hearty spices to the mix, it adds a flavorful and colorful flavor to whatever it is you’re cooking or baking.
This spice blend is my go-to mix of ingredients. It’s easy to make and can be stored with your other spices for years.
Ingredients for Pumpkin Spice Blend:
This recipe is perfect for using up some of those leftover odds and end spice jars in your cabinet.
- Ground cinnamon: The flavor of cinnamon will warm up the spice mix.
- Ground ginger: Ginger will add a bit of spice and kick to the pumpkin spice mix.
- Ground cloves: Cloves add another sweet and spicy flavor to the blend.
- Ground nutmeg: Nutmeg adds an earthy flavor to the mix.
- Ground allspice: Round out the spices with ground allspice. Another sweet and savory spice.
It’s best to store spices in a cool dry place. You can store your spices in the plastic jars they come in, but glass jars are best, as they will do the best job at keeping out moisture.
Ways to use Pumpkin Spice
You can also add this pumpkin spice blend to your standard soups to “warm them up” a bit for the fall weather. Add this spice blend as a replacement for cinnamon or cloves in Butternut Squash soup or roasted squash recipes for a deeper depth of flavor.