Okay, you cooking gurus

1. Oct 14, 2005

enigma

Staff Emeritus
I have been tasked to make this for a party I'm going to tomorrow:

I found everything except for the "pumpkin pie spice". Anyone have any idea what's in that? Can I do without and just add some more cinnamon and nutmeg? Should I run out to the store and grab something else? (I hope not... spices are freaking expensive)

Le Help the cooking newbie, please!

2. Oct 14, 2005

ZapperZ

Staff Emeritus
Depending on the recipe, I think pumpin pie spice is cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Don't ask me about the proportions, though.

However, I don't think there would be any complaints if you only get the first two.

Zz.

3. Oct 14, 2005

pattylou

1. Measure 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon into a small bowl or cup.

2. Add 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger.

3. Add 1/8 teaspoon of ground allspice or ground cloves.

4. Add 1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.

5. Stir to blend.

4. Oct 14, 2005

enigma

Staff Emeritus
ok... you think I should just try mashing up some of the ginger snaps and put them in there for the ginger, or just wing it and hope for the best?

5. Oct 14, 2005

Staff: Mentor

Zz is correct. I personally do not like cloves and omit it from my pumpkin pies and everyone always says I make the best and want the recipe.

Pumpkin Pie spice

1. Measure 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon into a small bowl or cup.

2. Add 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger.

3. Add 1/8 teaspoon of ground allspice.

4. Add 1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.

5. Stir to blend.

looks like pattylou and I googled the same site

Last edited: Oct 14, 2005
6. Oct 14, 2005

Staff: Mentor

NOOOOOOOO, you must buy powdered ginger, do not use whole or crystalized either. :yuck: Buy the store brand spice, it's cheaper. The cookies will make a nasty paste out of your dip.

:grumpy: men :grumpy:

7. Oct 14, 2005

ZapperZ

Staff Emeritus
.. and just to add a relevant point, try as best as you can to use whole nutmeg and grate it when you need it. There is a whole world of difference between freshly grated nutmeg and pre-ground nutmeg that you buy in those over-priced bottles.

Zz. [who adds freshly-grated nutmeg and cinnamon into his hot chocolate]

8. Oct 14, 2005

enigma

Staff Emeritus
Hey now!

At least I'm trying

9. Oct 14, 2005

Staff: Mentor

True, you did ask for help.

Zz seems to be a gourmet cook. :!!)

10. Oct 14, 2005

Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
In my favoritest pumpkin pie recipe, the spices I use are:
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp ground ginger

So, by comparing my recipe with pattylou's, you'll see the ratios can vary, but the basic ingredients are the same.

It seems redundant to have cinnamon and nutmeg in a recipe along with pumpkin pie spice, which also has cinnamon and nutmeg.

Sounds like a yummy recipe! I'm only a 3 hour drive away now...gonna bring me some? :tongue2:

11. Oct 14, 2005

ZapperZ

Staff Emeritus
HEY! I resemble that remark!

:)

Zz.

12. Oct 14, 2005

enigma

Staff Emeritus
I think I'm going to skip the ginger... the guests are going to be eating the stuff with ginger cookies. It would only be a pinch that the recipe needs anyway. It only calls for 1/4 tsp of the pie spice anyway.

13. Oct 14, 2005

Staff: Mentor

Do you have one of those nutmeg graters like Alton Brown that stores the whole nutmeg in the top?

14. Oct 14, 2005

enigma

Staff Emeritus
It's a poker party with whopping $5 per player winnings. Even if you came down and cleaned house, I don't think it would cover the gas. 15. Oct 14, 2005 Evo Staff: Mentor :grumpy: men :grumpy: Ok, increase the cinnamon and look innocent tomorrow. Do you have nutmeg? 16. Oct 14, 2005 Moonbear Staff Emeritus Like Evo, I don't care much for cloves. The original recipe called for 1/4 tsp of those, and I reduced it to 1/8. It didn't taste quite right without, but the full 1/4 tsp was way too much for my taste. You'll find all the ingredients in the grocery store spice section. ZZ, nutmeg in hot chocolate? I like cinnamon, never tried nutmeg. *looks around for cocoa* 17. Oct 14, 2005 enigma Staff Emeritus Yar. I spent about$15 on three spices I'm probably going to use once.

18. Oct 14, 2005

Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
:grumpy: Fine, be that way. I have to work anyway. :tongue:

19. Oct 14, 2005

ZapperZ

Staff Emeritus
No, I actually use a planar grater. Alton always says to buy a "multi-purpose" kitchen utensil, and that's what I did. I also use it to grate cheese (parmigiano-reggiano, of course). I like to grate it right at the dinner table in front of everyone - the cheese falls like rain on top of the pasta. It makes for a very dramatic presentation. See, it's all about the drama, don't you know?

:)

Zz.

20. Oct 14, 2005

Staff: Mentor

Good lord!!! They don't have those little 99 cent generic spices where you live?