Mixed spice is one of my favorite spice blends of all time. Whenever you open the lid, it smells like Christmas. What spice could be better than that? 😊 Plus, it’s super easy to throw together in just a minute, and it keeps for up to 3 months in the pantry.
This blend is commonly used in British baking, most often in sweet breads and cake. I was first introduced to this spice earlier this year, and have used it frequently ever since! It tastes wonderful in hot cross buns, apple pie, cinnamon buns, and French toast. People from North America might try to substitute it with allspice, but mixed spice has a unique flavor. Pumpkin pie spice is really a better choice if you must substitute, since it contains cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. However, I encourage you to try making your own mixed spice! It will be fresher than any store bought sweet spice mix.
The first three spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, are the basic ingredients in mixed spice. Cloves and ginger are also usually added, but you can include additional spices such as coriander and mace. Feel free to experiment with different proportions of this spice to tweak it to your individual taste. Whatever proportions you use, I hope you’ll come to love this beautiful spice blend in all your baking!
Looking for yummy recipes that use mixed spice? Try these delicious ones!
How to Make Hot Cross Buns: these soft Good Friday buns are flavored with citrus peel, raisins, and mixed spice.
Cinnamon Buns with Raisins: these raisin-packed buns are easy to make and freeze well!
Making a Traditional Christmas Cake: learn how to make this moist, fruit-filled family favorite dessert.Print
A British spice blend commonly used in baking, especially at Christmastime. It has a rich flavor that tastes wonderful in a variety of baked goods.
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 2 tsp. ground allspice
- 2/3 tsp. ground cloves
- 2/3 tsp. ground ginger
- 2/3 tsp. ground coriander
- 1 1/2 tsp. ground mace
- Measure out all your ingredients, and put in a bowl.
- Mix all ingredients together with a wire whisk until thoroughly combined.
- Store in an airtight, labeled container in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months.