My well stocked baking pantry covers nearly every spice imaginable... but throw in an spice mix like Apple Pie Spice or Pumpkin Pie Spice and I don't have it. Hence, I find myself skipping over fabulous recipes simply because I don't have the required spice mix on hand.
Last year's successful creation of a DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice mix though, (which I found myself actually using all year round) has led me to put together an equally fragrant and wonderfully cinnamony Apple Pie Spice Mix.
With a few simple ingredients you most likely have in your baking pantry, a last minute run to the store is eliminated when the ingredient "Apple Pie Spice" is called for. Easily altered to your taste preference, this mix is nice to have a little jar on hand ready for baking.
Whisking the 5 ingredients together sends hints of baked apple goods through the kitchen, and although I'm in no way ready for fall, I'm ready to use those fresh apples that are beginning to show up at our local farmer's markets.
DIY Apple Pie Spice
Delightful cinnamony goodness ready for apple season! Use the recipe as a guide, adjusting to your taste.
3 Tbs ground cinnamon
2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg (may use preground if that is what you have on hand)
1 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp ginger (optional)
1/4 tsp cardamom
Place all ingredients into a small jar and shake to distribute evenly. Store in a cool, dry, and dark location for about a year.