Having a birthday just five days before Christmas (December 20th, if you’d like to make a note of it), means presents begin to fill the bottom of the tree weeks before the 25th arrives.
I try my hardest to wait patiently for the moment of truth, when I can tear open each carefully wrapped gift, but sometimes the wait is just too long. Out of curiosity I’m always drawn to the bottom of the tree, where I sit guessing what’s inside each box and (if no one is around) even giving a little (gentle) shake. In nearly thirty years of guessing and gentle shaking (we can probably deduct five years from that number), I’m still not a Sherlock Holmes nor has my patience improved.
Is it any surprise that my lack of patience got the best of me and I jumped to share my homemade pumpkin spice latte yesterday, without sharing an actual homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe first? I’m still working on the patience is a virtue. In all honesty, sipping on lattes yesterday was worth the impatient move.
I’m all for pumpkin, but the truth must be told: without spice, good ol’ pumpkin just wouldn’t be a star. There are plenty of other flavorful fall treats to get excited about if we’re basing our culinary decisions on taste alone: figs, apples, pears, grapes, just to name a few. Why do pumpkins take the stage and claim the popular prize each year? That answer is simple: pumpkin pie spice.
Pumpkin may be the star, but most of the credit for the delicious fall dishes we enjoy, including pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice lattes, come from a simple mix of cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg. This spice only takes seconds to make and costs pennies compared to the store-bought version, which means you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy a pumpkin spice latte and maybe even whip up a pie (if pies are your “thing”.)
- 4 TB ground cinnamon
- 2½ tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- Combine all the ingredients in a 4 oz. jar (I use a mason jar). Place the lid on the jar and shake.
- Before using shake the jar to combine the spices (again.) Use according to the recipe.
*The recipe amounts can be tweaked based on your personal flavor preference.
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