See Spice Recipe Below
If you are like me, then you think that October (or even September) is the start of the holiday baking season due to the scents and flavors of fall as well as all of the activities that get us all excited about baked goods, apple cider, froufy hot coffee, and actually baking now that the dog days of summer are gone for this year. That said, some people don’t get excited until November and the thought of Thanksgiving Day. So, either way, by this point you are now thinking (possibly dreaming) of all the fun things and yummy flavors.
One part of this fun baking season is watching all the seasonal cooking shows on Food Network. A few weeks back I was watching an episode of the Halloween Baking Championship where there was a pumpkin dessert challenge. In that episode one of the contestants briefly talked about how he was not going to wait and fight the other contestants for use of the Pumpkin Pie Spice (composed of powdered cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and sometimes allspice) or even the Cinnamon & Nutmeg containers. Instead he went right for the Chinese Five-Spice. The contestant even explained why, that the Chinese Five-Spice (that is generally made up of Chinese Cinnamon, Star Anise, regular Anise, Cloves and Ginger) already has some of those common spices as well as a few other that while not normally seen as conventional also compliment and enhance the pumpkin flavor. It was a good point and did in fact save the challenger some time.
When I work with pumpkin, or even with rich fall flavors, I have my own spice combination that I like to use. It involves the normal ones like powdered cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger but then I add in a spice that most people think of as a savory spice: Coriander.
About ten or so years ago when Lindt chocolate came out with a holiday spice bar that utilized coriander as one of the spices to enhance the cinnamon flavor. With one bite of that chocolate bar I was hooked on using that spice as part of my spice arsenal.
Pictured: Deconstructed Apple Pie where I use this spice combination
Fall Spice Recipe
2 tablespoons powdered cinnamon
2 teaspoons nutmeg
1 teaspoon powdered clove
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon coriander
Combine spice ingredients in an empty and clean spice container and shake until all spices are combined thoroughly. If you like a richer (deeper) spice combination add an additional teaspoon of each spice including the powdered cinnamon. If you prefer a milder spice combination decrease the powdered cinnamon to 1 1/2 tablespoons and the nutmeg, powdered clove, ginger and coriander measurements into ½ teaspoon per.