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Mixed spice is an aromatic blend of sweet spices that you must really make at home. Not only will it add a sparkle to your fruit cakes but will also put you instantly into the Christmas mood! It is the perfect addition to Christmas cakes to give it that magical touch! You can also use it in other cakes such as carrot cake, pancakes, cookies, puddings, breads and gingerbreads!
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- 1 teaspoon allspice powder * see notes
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder add more if you wish, upto 1 teaspoon
- 1 teaspoon dried ginger powder
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder
- 1/4 teaspoon mace powder approx 1 blade of mace
- 1/4 teaspoon clove powder approx 7-8 cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon green cardamom powder seeds from approx 6-7 cardamom pods
Place all the powders in a small bowl and give them a good mix. If you are using whole spices then grind them to a fine powder using a dry grinder. If you are using some pre ground spices (powders) and some whole, then place everything together in the dry grinder and powder them together as the whole spices maybe too few for your grinder to give a super fine result
Store in an airtight container and use as required in the recipe. Mixed spice can be used in the preparation of cakes (rich fruit (x'mas cake), carrot, apple etc) puddings, cookies and pancakes.
The term 'allspice' is given to a kind of a spice that resembles peppercorns. Allspice, also called Jamaica pepper, pepper, myrtle pepper, pimenta, Turkish Yenibahar, English pepper or newspice, is the dried unripe fruit (berries, used as a spice) of Pimenta dioica. It should not be confused with garam masala powder which is a blend of all different kind of warm (cinnamon, clove etc) and hot (red chillies, coriander, peppercorns) spices. Down South India the allspice is cultivated as a crop. Since this spice gives you a combined aroma of the cinnamon, clove and nutmeg it is named as 'allspice'. The spice however is not very commonly stocked in most supermarkets and costs a bomb for a small bottle, so you may skip it in the above recipe. I picked up my bottle of allspice from Carrefour supermarket for AED 30.