I’ve never had a pumpkin spice latte. Which, being that I’m twenty-two whole years old and have always had access to a Starbucks – is surprising. Apparently if you go between now and October 8th they’ll even put Pumpkin Spice whipped cream on your pumpkin spice latte. Which is festive and all for sure. But for those of us thrifty fall-goers it doesn’t always make sense for us to go crazy purchasing pumpkin spice items. Except candles. I’m not making candles. A lot of baking etc. calls for pumpkin spice this time of year and so I’m here to share with you this pumpkin spice recipe!
History of Pumpkin Spice
Though I hadn’t realized I’d been pondering this my whole life – I have been. Because pumpkin spice should be made out of, well, pumpkin. Right? I assumed they ground whole pumpkins up and dried the remnants out and BAM we had pumpkin spice. That’s a lie. Mind = Blown.
Even though pumpkin spice has been immortalized by Starbucks this combination of spices has been around a LONG time. Like we’re talking 1796 guys. In Hartford Connecticut. In the first ever cookbook published in America. Now I can’t seem to get the seriously inaccurate and entertaining image of pilgrims strutting around with Starbucks cups. Like I said, since the pilgrims came over more than one hundred years earlier and the first recipe was not for a latte – this is extravagantly impossible. But still hilarious no doubt. But seriously, who knew pumpkin spice lattes could be so patriotic? Not me.
What’s in Pumpkin Spice?
Pumpkin spice is primarily made up of five ingredients. But some people stick to four. Pumpkin spice includes ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, ground mace and all spice. From what I’ve found, some people choose to leave out the mace.
It’s all about personal preference. So once I found several recipes online for inspiration I made my own DIY pumpkin spice recipe! There are certain spices I like more than others, so I just made the necessary tweaks.
DIY Pumpkin Spice Recipe
- 1 Tablespoon and 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 3/4 teaspoons allspice
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 3/4 teaspoons ground cloves
- 3/4 teaspoons ground mace
- Combine all ingredients together with a whisk until evenly mixed.
- Store in an air tight container for use.
- Pull out to enjoy the heavenly smell and to make any recipe pumpkin inspired!
You can buy pumpkin pie spice in the store, but this is better! It can be cheaper than buying actual pumpkin spice, you can adjust it to your taste and its a fun and easy five minutes in the kitchen celebrating fall!
What’s your favorite pumpkin spice food?
Thanks for reading!