The Autumn and winter seasons and holidays are filled with the hearty aromas of homemade pumpkin recipes. Many pumpkin recipes rely on the same basic baking and cooking ingredients to bring out the natural flavors of this seasonal food. Even if you don’t know exactly which pumpkin recipe you’ll be making this holiday season, be sure to pick up these must-have aromatic spices for popular pumpkin recipes.
The must-have baking ingredients for holiday pumpkin recipes will help you be prepared to make any number of popular pumpkin recipes including pumpkin pie, bread, cookies, pancakes, and muffins.
Also, if that tin of cinnamon you have was passed down from your grandmother, consider replacing it with something fresher.
Must Have Spices for Holiday Pumpkin Recipes
Cinnamon Sticks – Purchase whole cinnamon sticks in a jar. The cinnamon sticks can be used whole in any hot seasonal drink. Or for truly fresh cinnamon, the cinnamon sticks can be grated to produce a fresh powder. You will need one cinnamon stick per 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
Cinnamon will also find its way into other holiday recipes. This aromatic spice also complements other seasonal produce including apples, berries, pears, and oranges.
A good non-bitter ground cinnamon also tops the list for pumpkin recipes. Find a jar of Ground Saigon
Cinnamon for a truly non-bitter and warm flavor.
Nutmeg options include ground nutmeg, whole nutmeg and organic nutmeg. Purchase a small container of nutmeg, since a little goes a long way. Nutmeg goes well with holiday cooking and holiday baking, and any dishes with nuts.
Allspice is another must-have pumpkin recipe spice. Although allspice tastes like hyped up cinnamon and nutmeg on a clove diet, you can’t really substitute allspice with that combination. Allspice is a berry from an actual tree.
Ground cloves are for baking, save the whole cloves for adorning and spicing up baked hams.
Ginger options include standard ground ginger, gourmet ground ginger, and organic Chinese ginger. Ground ginger goes well in pumpkin cookie recipes, and holiday gingerbread. Ground ginger also goes well in savory dishes that include chicken, carrots.
If a recipe calls for fresh ginger, you can substitute one quarter teaspoon of ground ginger per one teaspoon of fresh ginger.
For all of your holiday pumpkin recipes, be sure to have these spices on hand.
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