Sunday, November 7, 2021

Mixed Spice

 When I made the Bara Brith the other day I got flummoxed a tad by one of the recipe ingredients, but I googled what it was.   The Bara Brith recipe will be on the blog tomorrow, but just in case you want to be prepared, you can make this up today.

Mixed Spice

Many of the Bara Brith recipes, actually, many British recipes call for Mixed Spice as one of the ingredients.  It's commonly used around the Christmas holidays and for many people, it reminds them of their childhood.  Much like Pumpkin Spice does in the colonies.   

Personally, I like Pumpkin Spice and make up my own mix but only use it in Pumpkin Pie. It's basically Cinnamon, ginger and cloves. 

Mixed Spice however has a few more ingredients, and for many Brits, nothing smells and tastes quite like it. 

But it sure is easy to make, and I made it.  

Enough for several tea breads, that is.  

Some recipes called for the addition of mace, but I really don't like it, and nutmeg is a more than acceptable substitute.  I buy my nutmeg whole, and then use my microplane to grate as much as needed for a recipe. 

Nutmeg - grated

I'm going to keep some of this spice mix on hand now, cause I really like it.  

From bottom left going clockwise - Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Allspice, and snuggled in all together bottom right, Cloves, Ginger and Coriander. 

Mixed Spice

And here's how they look when they're all at the party together.

Mixed Spice

Mixed Spice

Mixed Spice

Author: Sid's Sea Palm Cooking -
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min
This is patterned after the british Mixed Spice you can purchase in stores there at holiday time.


  • 1 tablespoon each:
  • Allspice
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon each:
  • Clove
  • Coriander
  • Ginger


  1. Mix all the ingredients together and keep in a sealed jar, use as directed for recipes.


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Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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