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We had a whisper of fall last week here in Northwest Arkansas. The mornings were crisp, humidity was low, and fall vibes were seemingly everywhere. And I was all about it! I fully embraced it. Neal, Dobby, and I took a long walk through Compton Gardens, exploring paths we hadn’t yet explored in the heat of summer. We turned off the air opting to open the windows instead. We made our first pot of chili (we made our favorite honey habanero chili). I wore a new sweater to work claiming, “You guys, it’s sweater weather! Where are your sweaters?!” to which my coworkers told me that yes, it is sweater weather now, but to not get my hopes up as this whisper of fall will fade and the summer heat will be back in full swing in a day or two. And they were right. Later that day as I was leaving the store with some pumpkin pie date rolls in cart, I was sweating in my sweater (is that why its called a sweater?) waiting for the air conditioning in my car to turn on. So while the short lived fall sneak peak is done for now, I am still fully embracing warming fall spices in our food.
Those date rolls I picked up at the store were my inspiration for making my own homemade pumpkin pie spice. Obviously, being a #basicgirl I already have a jar of pumpkin pie spice in my spice cabinet, but there is something so satisfying about mixing your own spice blend. Not only do you know exactly what is the blend, but you can adjust the spices as you see fit. Not a fan of cinnamon? No problem, reduce the cinnamon by a tablespoon. Love cardamon? Me too! That’s why I’ve included it in my homemade pumpkin pie spice blend!
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About Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend
My pumpkin pie spice is a blend of ceylon cinnamon (this cinnamon is my favorite and a bag lasts a long time), ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and cardamon. Most pumpkin pie spices include all spice, which I decided to leave out as it is a blend of the spices already included. Since we’re working with just a few ingredients, and all of them shine, it’s important to use the best quality available to you. I prefer to use ceylon cinnamon, as it has a much stronger cinnamon taste and health benefits that most cinnamon lacks. Aside from the health benefits of ceylon cinnamon, the taste is truly out of this world! It has a much stronger cinnamon taste, almost reminiscent of cinnamon flavored Altoids. For the other spices, I used whatever was available to me at my local grocery. I prefer spices in glass bottles and reuse them when I make my own blends.
I hope you all enjoy my version of pumpkin pie spice! It’s warming, comforting, and all things fall in a bottle. This blend would be great to use in baked goods, pumpkin pie (obviously), baked apples, pumpkin spiced lattes, and even savory foods like soup. I love this homemade pumpkin pie spice blend and love cooking with it throughout the season. I adore using this homemade pumpkin pie spice blend in my 3 ingredient pumpkin pie date rolls!
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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
Homemade pumpkin pie spice is so easy to make and delicious! Use this pumpkin pie spice anyway you would use store-bought pumpkin pie spice blend!
- 3 tablespoons ground ceylon cinnamon this is my favorite Ceylon cinnamon
- 3 teaspoons ground ginger
- 3 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamon
- Add all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix to thoroughly combine. Store in an airtight container. Use as you would store bought pumpkin pie spice.
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