Gifts in a Jar
~ Mixed Spice ~
English Pudding Spice
The aromatic scent of the approaching festive season and Mum’s home baking, mixed spice is an essential jar in the spice rack. Mixed spice is a blend of sweet spices traditionally used in English cooking to provide a warming backnote. This typically English spice mixture can be purchased ready-mixed, but I prefer to make my own, as I find it difficult to find in France and I have my own special blend. It is essential for fruit cakes, Christmas plum pudding, mincemeat and hot cross buns; mixed spice is also a great addition to other fruity desserts such as apple & fruit pies, crumbles, sponge puddings and compotes.
Try it in cream cheese desserts, pickles, chutneys and mulled wine too. It is easy to make a batch and remember to buy the spices needed in small quantities, as the mixture soon loses its full spiced, punchy flavour. Allspice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger are the usual blend of spices, but I sometimes like to add a few ground cardamom seeds as well as some ground coriander seeds.
This spice mixture makes an unusual and attractive gift – tie a ribbon around the neck of the jar, add a “mob cap” of pretty paper and then add a seasonal recipe tag…….a Gift in a Jar! This is the first of my Gift in a Jar posts, more to follow over the next few weeks…….
This is a short post for today, but I will be back soon with more baking recipes for the end of National Baking Week, so, stay tuned!
This recipe is also being entered into the following seasonal events:
Old Fashioned English Pudding Spice
- 2 teaspoons allspice
- 2 inch piece of cinnamon stick
- 2 teaspoons cloves
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander (optional)
- Grind the allspice, cinnamon and cloves to a fine powder and then mix well with the ground nutmeg and ginger.
- Add the finely ground cardamom and coriander seeds, if using, and mix well again.
- Use at once or store in an airtight jar in a cool dry place, and away from light.
- Makes an unusual and attractive gift, especially at Christmas – add a recipe tag and tie a ribbon around the top of the jar with pretty seasonal paper or material, not forgetting to add a recipe card.