Mixed Spice is a popular spice blend in the UK, traditionally used to season baked goods like Christmas Cake as well as some savoury dishes.
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Mixed Spice gives a warm, sweetly spiced depth to any recipe, however it can be challenging to source in North America, a bit like Pumpkin Pie Spice and Poultry Seasoning are hard to find here in England. Bespoke spice blends can also be quite expensive when they are not purchased in their country of origin.
How To Make Mixed Spice – Hints and Tips
Like most spice blends, there are lots of different recipes out there. Mixed Spice is traditionally made up of a combination of ground allspice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, mace, coriander (cilantro) and ginger. Different recipes have evolved based on individual tastes. One benefit of making any spice blend yourself is that if you don’t like one of the components, you can adjust the flavours to suit your preferences by leaving that particular spice out.
If you cannot find mace, or feel that it is too expensive, feel free to just bump up the amount of nutmeg you use. Although the flavour will be slightly different, nutmeg and mace come from the same plant, so it’s not the end of the world. Nutmeg is the fruit of the nutmeg tree Myristica Frangrans. Mace is the red webbing like substance that surrounds the nutmeg.
I generally buy Mixed Spice as it actually works out to be more economical than buying all the ingredients. However I do have a very well stocked spice cabinet, so if I find I have run out of it, this is the way I make it.
Mixed Spice – Printable Recipe
- 2 teaspoons ground allspice
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander (cilantro)
- 1 teaspoon ground mace, optional I sometimes leave this out and add an extra half teaspoon nutmeg instead (mace and nutmeg are different parts of the same plant)
- This recipe makes roughly 4 tablespoons or ¼ cup mixed spice.
- Put all of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix together with a fork.
- Store in a sealed jar or container at room temperature.