Apple Pie Spice

Apple Pie Spice

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    • Prep 0min
    • Total2min
    • Servings1

    Apple pie spice isnt just good for apple pie. Add it to sauteed apples, french toast batter, whipped cream, oatmeal and more!MORE+LESS-

    ByThe Adventures of Bob and Shan

    Updated September 8, 2014



    teaspoon cardamom


    teaspoon ginger


    teaspoon allspice

    1 1/2

    teaspoons nutmeg


    tablespoons cinnamon


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      Combine ingredients into a jar, place lid on jar and shake to combine.

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    1. Crust
      • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
      • 1 tablespoon sugar
      • 1 teaspoon salt
      • 1/4 teaspoon mace
      • 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
      • 1/2 cup chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into small pieces
      • 5 tablespoons (about) ice water
    2. Filling
      • 3 pounds tart green apples (such as Granny Smith), peeled, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
      • 1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar
      • 1/2 cup packed golden brown sugar
      • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
      • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
      • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
      • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
      • 1/4 teaspoon ground mace
      • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
      • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
      • 1 teaspoon milk
    1. For crust:
      1. Combine flour, sugar, salt and mace in processor. Using on/off turns, cut in chilled butter and vegetable shortening until mixture resembles coarse meal. Gradually blend in enough water by tablespoonfuls to form moist clumps. Gather dough into ball. Divide dough into 2 pieces. Flatten each into disk. Wrap each in plastic and refrigerate 1 hour. (Can be prepared 3 days ahead. Keep refrigerated. Soften dough slightly at room temperature before rolling.)
      1. Position rack in lowest third of oven and preheat to 400°F. In large bowl, toss apples with 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, flour, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon peel, mace, cloves and allspice.
      2. Roll out 1 dough disk on lightly floured surface to 12-inch-diameter round. Transfer to 9-inch-diameter round. Transfer to 9-inch-diameter deep dish glass pie plate. Trim dough overhang to 1/2 inch. Brush edge of crust lightly with water. Transfer apple mixture to crust, mounding in center. Roll out second dough disk to 12-inch-diameter round. Place atop apples. Trim dough overhang to 1 inch: reserve scraps. Fold top crust edge under bottom crust edge, pressing to seal. Crimp edge decoratively.
      3. Reroll pastry scraps and cut out leaf shapes. Brush 1 side of each leaf with milk and arrange, milk side down, decoratively atop crust. Cut several slits in crust to allow steam to escape. Brush crust with milk sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon sugar.
      4. Place pie on baking sheet. Bake until crust is golden brown and juices bubble, covering crust edges with aluminum foil if browning too quickly, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Transfer pie to rack and cool.

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      Preheat oven to 350 degrees

      With a fork, cut the butter into the flour until the consistency of corn meal. Add the salt, and mix in the iced water. Roll out dough on a floured surface to about 1/4 inch. Place in an ungreased pie tin.

      Peel, core and slice the apples. Toss the apples in a bowl with the flour and apple pie spice. Pack the slices into the pie shell, tightly, as the apples will shrink.

      Mix butter, Old Town Sugar, and 1 Cup flour together until they slightly clump together, sprinkle over the apples. Bake about 40 minutes, until the apples start to bubble and the sugary topping browns.

      Apple Pie Spice vs. Pumpkin Pie Spice

      Sorry, spice blend purists: They’re really pretty similar. However, there are some notable differences:

        always includes the same list of ingredients in the same proportions (allspice, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg). There aren’t really hard and fast rules when it comes to apple pie spice, though it consistently contains cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. is often included in apple pie spice, which gives it a bit of an earthy, woodsy flavor. Cardamom is rarely—if ever—involved in a pumpkin pie spice blend.

      What is apple pie spice made of?

      • Cinnamon
      • Nutmeg
      • Cardamom
      • Allspice
      • Ginger
      • cinnamon
      • cardamom
      • allspice
      • nutmeg
      • ginger
      • mix together in a jar

      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 seems a little flat to me.

      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.

      I buy it as a bulk spice I love it so much!

      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!

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      1. Crust
        • 2 cups all purpose flour
        • 2 tablespoons sugar
        • 3/4 teaspoon salt
        • 2/3 cup chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
        • 6 tablespoons (about) ice water
      2. Filling
        • 5 pounds Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
        • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
        • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
        • 1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
        • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
        • 1 1/4 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder*
        • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
        • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

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      I&rsquom pretty much a self-professed spice hoarder, so Penzey&rsquos makes almost as happy as Nordstrom does. Seriously, it&rsquos pretty close.

      So any time I stumble across a recipe that calls for a special spice blend, my first thought is if I have what I need to make it myself.

      The answer to that is almost always yes. From pumpkin pie spice and chai spice blend to homemade taco seasoning, I have made plenty of my own spice blends over the years.

      As soon as the air turns crisp and the leaves start to turn, I get into serious fall baking mode and often encounter recipes that call for &ldquoapple pie spice.&rdquo

      But what really is apple pie spice?

      Most of these blends include cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cardamom. So that&rsquos what I used here!

      By making your own spice blends, you can tweak the amounts and customize the blend to meet your taste.

      Love cardamom? Add a little more in. I promise &ndash you really can&rsquot mess it up!

      Apple Pie Spice Recipe

      Nothing says “Fall is in the air” more than warm apple pie, apple crisp, apple sauce, anything apple. Apples are abundant this time of year and so it is important to have the right spices on hand to whip up these fantastic creations. While we were making the Apple Pie Filling, I found myself without Apple Pie Spice in the pantry. Making your own spice blends is very easy, takes only minutes and can save you money too!

      How could I have run out and not made a mental note to pick up more at the store? That was disappointing.

      Then, I got an idea. I bet I have everything I need to make it myself! Sure enough!

      It only requires FOUR ingredients, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ground ginger – ALL things I use quite frequently.

      I realized by making this and having it on hand, I would save quite a bit of money in the end, not to mention the time it would take to drive to the store and back just to get it. Plus, all I had to do was mix the ingredients together, use what I needed and store the rest. It is just that easy and took me maybe ten minutes from start to finish.

      I have found apple pie spice is also fantastic lightly sprinkled on ice cream. It can be used when baking a sweet bread, to give the sense that you are actually eating apple pie. I’ve even put a tiny pinch in my morning coffee. Instead of using processed creamer, sprinkle some of this along with a small amount of sugar-in-the raw and some cream with your favorite Fall coffee blend. Mmmm, you will be transported into apple pie goodness, first thing in the morning.

      Looking for recipes to use your Apple Pie Spice? We have 12 Apple Desserts for Fall that you will love!