Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend
For Marcel Proust, a whole series of 7 books [that rivals Harry Potter!], Remembrance of Things Past, was sparked by the taste of a madeleine, a cookie that brought back a flood of memories of childhood. For me, the deluge of childhood memories is unleashed by the smell of holiday baking: cinnamon, cloves, and ginger in the pies and cakes we made for feasts with the family, and for giving as gifts.
Pumpkin pie spice is a blend of "warm" spices: cloves, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and a subtle hint of white pepper. Our pumpkin pie spice blend brings all the smells and the spicy burst of flavor for all that holiday baking, combined in one container. Use 2 - 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice for each 9-inch pie.
Don't limit yourself to mere pumpkin pie-baking. Our pumpkin pie spice blend is a welcome "warm" addition to so many other recipes, you will be happily filling your home with warm holiday smells year-round. Pumpkin pie spice blend is delicious added to squash or root vegetables, whether alone or in soups, stews or desserts, for a sweet spicy burst of flavor.
Try pumpkin pie spice blend in sweet batter breads, like banana, zucchini, or [of course] pumpkin. The same goes for carrot and coffee cakes, muffins and spice cakes. Make every weekend morning feel like a holiday by adding a dash of pumpkin pie spice blend to your pancake, crepe, or french toast batter.