Last updated on November 5th, 2019 at 03:49 pm
This simple delicious and aromatic apple pie spice is the perfect complement to any apple dessert. An essential for fall baking. Think pies, tarts, cookies, and you can make with it!
Apple Pie Spice
I can smell the fall season in the air and I am loving it! The one thing that I am looking forward to most about the season, other than warm sweaters, colder weather, and hot cocoa, is all the wonderful fall baking treats. The one at the top of my list is Apple Pie.
And, of course, the best part of the apple pie is the warm and delicious spices! The apple pie spice mix is also the reason I am drawn to hot apple cider, apple turnovers, and spiced apple cakes.
I wonder how much apple pie spice Americans actually use every year?
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Just take me to the Pie Spice Already!
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What is in apple pie spice?
I love getting a spice mix and trying it out. The spice combination is already figured out, amounts determined, and ready to use. I don’t like the price and fillers though!
This fall baking essential is full of warm and comforting spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, that make you want to cuddle up in a warm sweater and fuzzy slippers .
Once you have the basics, you can start to customize your apple spice to your specific tastes. Some prefer a lot more cinnamon and some don’t.
So when I make my own Apple Pie Spice, I start with the basics.
what is apple pie spice made of?
All of these spices are pretty basic, especially the cinnamon, but this time I mixed things up a bit. For this apple pie spice mix, I chose to use Vietnamese Cinnamon or Saigon Cinnamon. Vietnamese Cinnamon is related to the everyday cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia, or Chinese cinnamon) that is mainly used in the US.
The flavor of the Chinese cinnamon is less delicate than the other species and the bark is thicker. All of the 6 related cinnamon species use the bark to make the spice that you see in the store and rolled to make the cinnamon sticks.
Vietnamese Cinnamon (or Saigon cinnamon) has a higher oil content which gives it a more potent aroma and flavor and is better for sweets and baked treats in my opinion.
All the other spices are good to go. I will note that if you have the chance to ground your nutmeg fresh, do it, just cut back a little on the amount as fresh is way more potent!
what is a substitute for apple pie spice?
You might be asking how this apple pie spice mix differs from pumpkin pie spice as they seem to have to same ingredients. Pumpkin Pie Spice contains the usual cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger but also the addition of cloves. Apple Pie Spice contains the usual cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, but with the addition of allspice. Cardamom is an optional spice that I use here and is popular for both spice mixes.
The addition of the cloves is what really makes the difference as cloves have such a unique and potent aroma and flavor. This is an example of why I love to make my own spice mixes. With so many spices to use, and their unique quialities, controlling the levels of each makes them easy to be liked by everyone.
I prefer less cloves altogether so I can leave them out of both, but I also prefer a little less cinnamon due to my sensitivity.
is apple pie spice the same as pumpkin pie spice?
Not exactly. Apple spice is the same as pumpkin pie spice with one exception. It doesn’t have any cloves in it like the pumpkin version.
can you substitute pumpkin pie spice for apple spice?
You certainly can in a pinch but if you are making something light you might want to just stick with a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice if you are in a pinch. Cloves can be very strong.
Is apple spice gluten free?
Yes it is so feel free to use it on all the things!
uses for apple pie spice
- sliced apples for snacking
- ice cream
- baked apples
- fresh apple salsa
- apple pie filling for gifts
I love making spice mixes but hate a one use product! I don’t want to spend time making a spice mix that can only be used in one recipe.
how do you store Apple Spice to keep it fresh?
I use these Weck Jars for all my spice mixes and pickled condiments. Just be sure to keep in a cool, dry place and it will stay fresh for months!
complete your apple menu
other great spice mixes to make
- Dry Rub for Ribs
- Montreal Steak Seasoning
- Copycat Cavender’s Greek Seasoning
- Jerk Spice
- DIY Italian Seasoning
- Chai Spices
- Copycat Trader Joe’s Everything Seasoning
- Beef Shawarma Seasoning
- Pumpkin Spice
- Fajita Seasoning
- Delicious Poultry Seasoning
Happy Fall Y’all!
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How to make Apple Pie Spice
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 4 tablespoons Vietnamese Cinnamon (or regular if don't have it)
- 2 teaspoons allspice
- 1 teaspoon cardamom
- Mix all the spices together and store in an airtight container in a cool dark place.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 teaspoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 13Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.
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