Mixed spice is a British spice blend that’s perfect for baking apple pies or adding to cake, cookies, hot cross buns, or Christmas baking.  It’s a sweet spice blend you can give as a homemade gift, or use to make delicious tea treats and dessert recipes.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
spoonful of mixed spice
Spice Blends

Mixed Spice: A British Blend

This post was originally published on August 9, 2017.

Christmas in a bottle?  Yes, it’s possible! 😊 Mixed spice is a super easy spice blend that combines all the beautiful flavors of Christmas in one.  It takes just a minute to throw together, and it keeps for up to 3 months in the pantry.

holding a bowl of mixed spice

Can I make my own mixed spice?

Absolutely!  Just whisk together the spices until well blended, then store in an airtight container away from light and heat.

What can be used instead of mixed spice?

The closest substitute to mixed spice is pumpkin pie spice.  Mixed spice really has a distinct flavor, so I’d suggest making your own rather than substituting it.

holding a spoonful of mixed spice

What are the ingredients of mixed spice?

I like to use the following spices in mixed spice.  Feel free to omit spices or tweak the amounts based on your preferences.

  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Allspice
  • Cloves
  • Ginger
  • Coriander
  • Mace

Is mixed spice the same as allspice?

No; mixed spice and allspice are not the same.  Allspice are unripe, dried berries, while mixed spice is a blend of several different spices, including allspice.  This chart contrasts the differences between allspice and mixed spice.

How do you make mixed spice?

Gather the spices you need: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, ginger, coriander, and mace.

ingredients for mixed spice

Pour all the spices into a bowl.

pouring cinnamon into a bowl for mixed spice

Whisk the spices together.

whisking together the mixed spice

Keep whisking until it’s evenly blended.

whisking the mixed spice in a bowl

Pour the mixed spice through a sieve to catch any large pieces of spices.

sieving the mixed spice

Use right away or store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 3 months.

bowl of mixed spice

Uses for Mixed Spice

  • Apple pie
  • Hot cross buns
  • French toast
  • Spice cakes
  • Cinnamon buns
  • Christmas cake
  • Plum pudding

Pro Tips

  • Use the freshest spices you can find.  Preferably, grind your own with a mortar and pestle or spice grinder.
  • Sieve the mixed spice to remove any large pieces of spices.
  • Store the mixed spice away from light and heat.
  • It will keep in a cool, dry place for up to 3 months.  After that, its flavor will start to dull.

Looking for yummy recipes that use mixed spice?  Try these delicious ones!

Hot cross buns on a cooling rack Cinnamon buns on a large metal spatula with a black background Decorating a Traditional Christmas Cake: learn how to decorate a Christmas cake in the traditional British way with apricot jam, marzipan, and royal icing. | www.savortheflavour.com

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spoonful of mixed spice

Mixed Spice: A British Blend


  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: about 4 tablespoons
  • Category: Spice Blends
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: British

Description

Mixed spice is a British spice blend that’s perfect for baking apple pies or adding to cake, cookies, hot cross buns, or Christmas baking.  It’s a sweet spice blend you can give as a homemade gift, or use to make delicious tea treats and dessert recipes.


Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 2/3 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2/3 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2/3 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground mace

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together with a wire whisk until thoroughly combined.
  2. Store in an airtight, labeled container in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months.

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