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Would you like to make some of your own spice blends from your own kitchen? Here are a few that I blend in my kitchen and I've included a few recipes or what to do with the spice blends.  All the blends are easy to use.  I store the spice mixtures in a small baby food jar or a 4 oz jam/jelly jar with lids.


ENJOY!



PUMPLIN PIE SPICE BLEND


2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoons ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoons ground allspice


yield: about ½ cup


mix to blend and store in a small jar away from heat and in a cool spot.


RECIPE TO GO WITH THE ABOVE!


SPICED NUTS


one 8 ounce jar of dry roasted peanuts

½ cup pecans

½ cup walnut halves

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon water

½ cup sugar

1 tablespoon PUMPKIN PIE SPICE BLEND

¾ teaspoon of sea salt (if you have it, otherwise just use regular or none, if you prefer)


Combine the nuts. Mix together the egg and water, and toss with the nut mixture. Combine the sugar, PUMPKIN PIE SPICE BLEND, and salt, and toss that with the nuts until they are well coated. Spread nuts in a single layer on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 300 for 20-25 minutes. Break up any large clusters and allow to cool.


This can make a great gift! Simply put the SPICED NUTS in a decorative jar and add ribbon, cards, or other ideas.





SPICY APPLE PIE BLEND


2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon lemon zest

1 tablespoon ground cloves

1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger

1 ½ teaspoons ground nutmeg


simply mix the ingredients and use 1 teaspoon of SPICY APPLE PIE BLEND per 6 cups of thinly sliced tart apples.


FOR STREUSEL TOPPED MUFFINS:

combine together:

1 /4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons softened butter

1 tablespoon flour

½ teaspoon SPICY APPLE PIE BLEND


Sprinkle over muffin batter in baking pan and bake as directed.


This is a tasty treat for plain muffins, applesauce muffins, pumpkin muffins, or apple cinnamon muffins




PICKLING SPICE BLEND

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons mustard seed
1 tablespoon whole allspice
2 teaspoons black peppercorns
2 teaspoons whole cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
2 small bay leaves, broken up
2 inch piece of cinnamon stick, cracked in small pieces
1 teaspoon cardamom


Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container.





SPICED SUGAR

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice

Combine all ingredients in small bowl and toss with fork or spoon to blend thoroughly. Pour into storage container, cover tightly and store in a cool place. Keeps indefinitely.

Use in hot or cold tea, coffee or chocolate. Sprinkle on plain cakes, ice cream or fruit.



IRANIAN SPICE MIX

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg, more as desired
1 pinch ground cinnamon

Mix together well. Store in dark glass bottle.

This is great with rice, grilled veggies or veggie stews




LATIN SPICE BLEND

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons dry mustard
2 tablespoons grated orange peel, dried
1 1/2 tablespoon allspice
1 1/2 tablespoon nutmeg
1 1/2 tablespoon ginger
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

Blend all ingredients. Use to season beef, pork or vegetable dishes.







SPICY JAMAICAN BLEND

6 tablespoons ground allspice

3 teaspoons ground black pepper

1 ½ teaspoons ground nutmeg

1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon lemon zest

mix thoroughly.

Yields ½ cup



    To make rub:

    combine 2 ¾ tablespoons of the SPICY JAMAICAN BLEND

    with 1 Jalapeno pepper, cored, seeded and chopped,

    1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger,

    2 cloves garlic (crushed) and

    2 tablespoons vegetable oil.

    Mix all ingredients well, and rub onto fish, beef., lamb, or pork.

    Grill until done.

    Jalapeno pepper may be increased or decreased according to taste.





ALL ROUND SWEET SPICY BLEND

1 tablespoon orange zest

1 tablespoon ground nutmeg

1 tables ground cloves

1 tables ground ginger

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

mix thoroughly yield: about 1/3 cup



Suggestions for use:

stir ALL ROUND SWEET SPICY BLEND into ice cream,yogurt, fruit, oatmeal

Add 2 to 3 tablespoons to cake or quick bread batters for a spicy flavor.



MIXED SPICE BLEND

6 teaspoons ground coriander

5 teaspoons ground cinnamon

4 teaspoons ground allspice

2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cloves

Mix all spices thoroughly and keep in airtight container away from heat.

In fact, you could add a whole vanilla bean that's been slit so that the flavors blend smoothly

Use this MIXED SPICE BLEND the next time you make apple cake. It's great!

Use this SPICE BLEND whenever a recipe calls for mixed spices for apple pie, fruit cake, baked fruits, spice cookies, tea breads. Yields about ½ cup



OLD TIMEY CIDER SPICE

2 cinnamon sticks

12 whole cloves

7 whole allspice berries

2 star anise

1 tablespoon orange zest

to make the cider spice, add the spices to 1 quart of sweet cider. Bring to a boil in a glass, stainless, enamel pan. Strain, serve hot, garnish with orange slices.

Serves 5





HOT CHOCOLATE.. A DIFFERENT WAY

½ cup sugar

1 tablespoon flour

¼ cup cocoa

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¾ teaspoon ground cloves

1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

blend all ingredients thoroughly. Yield ¾ cup enough to make 6 servings

To make the hot chocolate: add ¾ mix to 2 cups water and simmer for 4 minutes. Stir in 6 cups milk and reheat. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla, whip, and serve



 
 
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