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Friday, October 16, 2020

Fall Baking Q and A what do you know about Allspice


Have you started your fall baking yet?? Many have been at it for quite some time. I simply love walking in the house and discovering the odors coming from the kitchen during fall baking season. Today was no different at my daughter had allowed my grand-daughters to bake on their own. This is nothing new as they are both 12 now and have been baking for quite some time. However,,, they did not know that nana (as they call me) was going to quiz them on some fall spices.

I will take a few days over the next few weeks to share with you about spices to. A great place to start at is allspice. A spice commonly found in the kitchen during the baking season but do you know what it is??

Allspice is made up of the dried unripe fruit of a tree commonly found in the Caribbean and Central America Often referred to as the Jamaican pimento or myrtle pepper comes from the Pimenta dioica. This tree native to the Central Americas including the Antilles and southern Mexico can now often be found in many warm parts around the world.

What types of recipes is Allspice used in?? Well actually because as its name says it taste a bit like other spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg the spice goes well in desserts as well as in savory dishes. Whole allspice goes great in more fragrant dishes and lasts longer so consider using it in braises and sauces. However, if you are baking then consider using the ground all spice as it is easier

Save a bit of money and time make your own All Spice
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cloves
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg

This mixture can be used as a SUBSTITUTION for Allspice.  
In a small bowl mix together all the above ingredients and store in an airtight container. Enjoy!
If you like a milder taste use 1/2 tablespoon of nutmeg and cloves. 
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