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Monday, June 8, 2020

British style Mixed Spice for Cakes and Baking

British style Mixed Spice for Cakes and Baking will have you baking up delicious "bakes" just like they do in the countryside of Britain...making this delicious spice blend handy to have on hand!

Here recently I have taken quite a shine to British food. Especially Welsh Tea Cake, known as Bara Brith. It is easy to make, and quite delicious. I have come to enjoy my afternoon cup of tea, sweetened with a bit of honey, and lightened up with a splash of cream. And for those days that lunch is but just a memory, a slice of cake spread with a bit of butter is perfect to enjoy along with my cuppa.

The first time I made Welsh Tea Cake I used equal portions of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice for the traditional Mixed Spice used in the U.K. That first Welsh Tea Cake was delicious, even with my Americanized substitution. Fortunately, I found a recipe for traditional Mixed Spice and planned to stir a batch together for the next loaf. 

But there was a problem, I could not locate my spice grinder to turn my Coriander seeds into ground Coriander, one of the ingredients listed for the spice mix...It took a few days for a replacement grinder to show up at the door, but as soon as it did, I started grinding! 

This Mixed Spice for Cakes is bright and fruity with Coriander and Allspice. As I sit here, I can smell the latest loaf of Welsh Tea Cake cooling on the counter, and it smells so good. It smells richer and a bit more complex than the first cake I made time. In various British recipes, this spice blend is also known as Cake Spice as well as Pudding Spice

Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Allspice
  • Mace
  • Cloves
  • Coriander
  • Ginger
You will also need the following:
  • small jar with a tight-fitting lid
  • measuring spoons
  • small bowl
Now we are ready to begin!

Easy to make, Mixed Spice for Cakes and British baking.
 Mixed Spice for Cakes and British baking.

Mixed Spice for Cakes and Baking
adapted from the Spruce Eats

1 T ground Cinnamon
1 T ground Nutmeg
1 T ground Allspice
2 t ground Mace
1/2 - 1 t ground Cloves (I used 1/2 teaspoon)
1 t ground Coriander
1 t ground Ginger

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, stir well to combine. Transfer the mixture to a small jar, attach the lid tightly and store in a cool dark area. 
Shake gently before measuring for use in recipes. 

British style Mixed Spice for Cakes and Baking.

By the way, you can't beat a little coffee/spice grinder with a removable chamber (for easier cleaning!) for grinding your own spices. 

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