Pumpkin Spice is Nice when it’s homemade
Starbucks reports over $80million in annual sales of pumpkin-spice-flavored drinks. Their oh-so-seasonal syrup combines natural flavors (including a touch of pumpkin purée to satisfy the literal-minded) with a few “other” things, like caramel coloring. If you like the pumpkin spice phenomenon but prefer to tickle your tastebuds with something entirely natural, try this homemade spice mix recipe. You’ll soon be sprinkling it over the fresh apple slices in your lunch pail, or on top of servings of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream – or in with the coffee grounds of your kitchen coffee maker for an aromatic eye-opener.
Pumpkin Spice Mix
5 t ground cinnamon
3 t ground ginger
2 t ground allspice
1 ½ t ground cloves
½ t ground nutmeg
Blend all spices together and store in airtight container for up to six months.
Mix 1 t of spice mix with ½ t sugar and sprinkle over fresh apple slices for a breakfast or lunchtime treat.
If you add a dollop of whipped cream to any fall dessert, sprinkle a bit of spice mix on top.
Cut an acorn squash in half and remove seeds. Rub ½ t olive oil on the yellowy flesh. Sprinkle with salt and a Pumpkin spice mix. Bake until edges are golden and serve with roast pork or chicken.