Pumpkin spice: DIY recipe




  1. Place the ground spices in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Then store in an airtight container.

1 tablespoon of turmeric gives a nice golden yellow color.

What is pumpkin spice?

Pumpkin spice is a blend of spices commonly used in pumpkin recipes in the United States. It can improve sweet and savory recipes. Pumpkin spice is in high season in the fall, especially around Thanksgiving when the traditional pumpkin pie is baked. It carries the exact usage in many places, even in its name: Pumpkin Pie Spice. But the spice is also used in recipes like Pumpkin Spice Latte and other pumpkin dishes.

How does pumpkin spice taste?

Pumpkin spice is a spice blend made from spicy, aromatic ingredients like cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and ginger. It is reminiscent of the spice mixes known in Germany, such as ginger spice or mulled wine spice. Pumpkin spice may also contain additional spices such as cloves, star anise, and cardamom. All of these spices have one thing in common: they give an intense flavor and leave a warm, sometimes even slightly sharp impression on the tongue. That’s why pumpkin spice, like ginger spice, goes so well with pumpkin, in fall and winter, and in Christmas breads, such as speculoos.

Make your own pumpkin spice

Pumpkin spice is easy to make yourself. It consists of spices mixed together. This can be done in equal parts or one of the spices plays a leading role, cinnamon is especially good for this. Cinnamon is traditionally found in Pumpkin Spice, along with nutmeg and allspice. In most cases, ginger is also added. Optionally, you can add the following items:

  • clove
  • star anise
  • cardamom
  • vanilla
  • turmeric

Depending on your taste, you can mix the homemade Pumpkin Spice to your liking.

What is Allspice?

Allspice is the English term for allspice. Allspice is a round, dark, and peppercorn-like dried spice. The name “alspice” says it all and is related to the different taste of the grains reminiscent of cinnamon, cloves, pepper and at the same time nutmeg. Allspice is an ingredient in pumpkin spice, and that’s why the spice blend is sometimes mistakenly referred to as “Allspice.”

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