Christmas time is all about warming, comforting foods that revive our bodies and spirits. Spices are at the heart of our shared memories at this time of year.
Allspice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger (collectively known as ‘Mixed Spice’ or ‘English Pudding Spice’) are a blend of Christmas spices traditionally used in fruitcake, gingerbread and Christmas pudding.
As these warming Christmas spices share much in common with Indian Gharam masala blends, I have come up with the perfect Indian-inspired Mixed Spice to add the aromatic wow factor to your Christmas puds, fruitcakes and biscuits. If you’re feeling adventurous you could even add some cheeky chilli flakes with some cranberries !
Enjoy experimenting with spice this Christmas. Festive Cheer to everyone.
1 teaspoon allspice (whole or ground)
2 (2.5 cm) cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon cloves
1 whole nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger (or whole 2cm piece of dried ginger root)
1 teaspoon of coriander seeds
2 black cardamoms
A small pinch of chilli flakes (optional)
Preparation: Grind the whole spices in a hand or electric spice mill until finely powdered and mix well with appropriate quantities of any ground spices.
Use at once or store in an airtight jar away from light.