Pie spice is the smell of the Christmas season in our home. Whether in hot cocoa, baked goods or simmering whole on the stove – it beckons the holidays ever closer. Come here, lean in and let me share a secret with you. Are you ready….your being scammed. It’s true.
All those spice blends you see neatly lined on the shelf that cost $3, $4, $5 or more for a few tablespoons – you can make yourself. Like Tex mex, ranch, Montreal…Yes even pie.
What is more – Pie spices labeled as pumpkin pie and apple pie spice – are identical if you buy them off the rack or even from a overpriced gourmet distributor. It is the genius of marketing. Slap a new label on it- people will think they need it. Sure they may be slightly healthier or sometimes they add a bit more of this or slight less of that – but essentially ….it’s the same thing. Most people don’t even realize this because their recipes just list pumpkin pie spice….so they don’t know any different.
May sound bold even a tad uncomfortable but in culinary school you are trained to use words to entice people to eat and to feel inferior. It’s true. There are linguistic classes on terminology. To help create the environment where customers feel like they cannot create this themselves, its a luxury and therefore they need to purchase it- from you.
Well, feel inferior no more. Make it yourself. You can do it! Super easy and inexpensive to make. Best if you can grind your own. If not buy quality ground spice. Store in mason or air tight – tight fitting lid.
Pumpkin, apple pear pies, Raisin spice Oatmeal, apple spice cookies, Mexican hot cocoa, quick breads & cinnamon buns, etc. Anything that requires a cinnamon spice blend – it is so versatile.
All Purpose Pie Spice.
Use 1:1 in place of any pie spice in baking recipe.
- 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom