Sunday, November 30, 2008

0 Recipe #39: Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

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Here's my own quick & easy recipe for pumpkin pie spice mix. Why go to the store when you can make it from what you already have in your own kitchen. The total prep time is less than 5 minutes!

This spice mixture is really versatile; it can be used for both sweet & savory dishes. (Its use doesn't have to be limited to just pumpkin pie! :-D) Some healthier uses (other than pies, cakes, cookies, & custards!) include baked apples & pears, fat-free/sugar-free apple tarts (recipe is forthcoming), acorn/butternut squash dishes, & root vegetable casseroles.
Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

Ingredients:
4 parts ground cinnamon
2 parts ground nutmeg
1 part ground ginger
1/2 part ground allspice
1/2 part ground cloves

Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. If you're making a large quantity for future use, I would recommend storing the mixture in a labelled, airtight container. I like to use glass Mason jars, because they keep spices a lot longer than other types of storage materials & won't react with the ingredients, unlike plastic.  If you are making only a little bit, you can store the spice mixture in an empty glass spice container with a shaker top lid.  In general, it's best to store spices in a dry, dark location.

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