We’re transitioning fully into autumn over here at Baked with a 5 ingredient DIY pumpkin pie spice recipe! This is a [better] variation of the norm. It’s more Hawaij than pumpkin spice, because I add cardamom to just about everything (it deserves to be included).
But if you want to go all American-style classic, omit the cardamom and use some allspice instead. BUT if you want a better taste experience then definitely embrace that floral cardamom. A more traditional Hawaij would probably use more cardamom than cinnamon. So, this is a mix between pumpkin spice and Hawaij!
Pumpkin pie spice is everywhere, I know, but I’ve never been such a fan of it until I tried adding cardamom. I also 1. hate pumpkin pie and 2. don’t drink coffee, so I guess I’m missing out on the best parts of pumpkin spice? The thing is, this DIY Hawaij can be used in just about anything that tastes good with a little extra spice. Try it with apple crumble, chocolate cake (seriously), in a smoothie or latte, or the obvious classic, pumpkin pie.
This easy mix needs just five ingredients, and you can easily double, triple, or decuple the recipe and store it in a jar with your other spices to keep it on hand. You don’t need the whole mix for this week’s recipe, so even if you just want a little but you won’t use the whole batch in one go.
My version is a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves – easy on the cloves – cardamom, and dried ginger. Usually I’d go for fresh ginger but unfortunately it doesn’t keep very well stored with dry spices in a jar for an indefinite period.
So far there’s just one recipe on Baked with pumpkin pie spice – these vegan pumpkin cookies with a cream cheese glaze. As of Thursday, there will be two recipes with everyone’s favourite spice mix, so keep an eye open for that! Until then, you can prep with a little DIY pumpkin spice blend, just in case.
DIY pumpkin pie spice, or Hawaij, with just 5 ingredients! This version includes cardamom for a floral, unexpected twist on the seasonal staple.
- 3 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cardamom
- 1 teaspoon cloves
- If using whole spices, grind in a mortal and pestle or finely grate to get the desired amount.
- If using ground spices, add all of the ingredients to a small container and mix until combined. Seal and store for up to one month in a cool, dry place.
Keywords: pumpkin spice, Hawaij