Pumpkin pie spice is a catchall for the flavoring spices used to make pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie is a fall staple, and Thanksgiving without it would be unthinkable.
The spice combination for pumpkin pie spice combines a sweet taste with just a little savory, bitter and tang (from the ginger). You can buy it premixed right from the supermarket, but you can also make it from scratch in just a couple of minutes.
Your basic pumpkin pie spices are cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. They’re all ground up and mixed together. The main spice is cinnamon, which comes out to nearly as much as all the rest put together.
A good ratio for making pumpkin pie spice from scratch is 4 tbsp ground cinnamon, 4 tsp ground nutmeg, 4 tsp ground ginger, 3 tsp ground allspice. You can store this mixture in an airtight container for as long as you can store any of the other spices.
Cinnamon is one of those spices that’s so unique and basic that it’s hard to describe its smell and taste except by saying it’s like cinnamon. The ginger and cinnamon both give the pumpkin pie filling a good, rich, sweet smell with just a little bit of zing.
Allspice got its name because it smells and tastes a bit like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves mixed together. Of course, it’s not exactly like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves mixed together, or you wouldn’t have to add it separately.
You can also add some cloves in if you like, but you’ve got to keep the amount very, very small because they’re really strong. A tiny trace of cloves has a unique scent that really brings out the sweetness. Too much, and your mouth will go numb. If you use cloves, you won’t need as much allspice.
Some people use mace as part of the mix or use it instead of the nutmeg. Nutmeg’s a bit sweeter. Mace is more subtle.
Pumpkin pie filling
Your basic ingredients are pureed pumpkin pulp, eggs, and condensed milk. Your basic flavourings are pumpkin pie spice and sugar.
Really, all you need to do is to mix all the ingredients together really well and pour them in a pie shell. The mixture isn’t really watery, so you shouldn’t have any problems with leaking. You can buy a premade pie shell or make your own.
Bake, cut into pieces warm out of the oven, deck with whipped cream, and wait for the compliments!